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Authuile Military Cemetery

Location

Authuille is a village 5 km north of Albert. Authuile Military Cemetery is on the south side of the village. The Cemetery is signposted on the main road (D159) through the village.

GPS : Note that the name of the village has a double LL that of the cemetery a single one.

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Authuile Military Cemetery

 

Historical Information

The village was held by British troops from the summer of 1915 to March 1918, when it was captured in the German Offensive on the Somme; it was ruined by shell fire even before that date.

The Military Cemetery was used by Field Ambulances and fighting units from August 1915 to December 1916, and in 1917 and 1918 by Indian Labour Companies.

There are now over 450, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, nearly 40 are unidentified and special memorials are erected to 18 soldiers from the United Kingdom, known or believed to be buried among them. The graves of two other German soldiers have been removed.

The cemetery covers an area of 2,650 square metres and is enclosed by a low concrete kerb.

The cemetery was named as Authuile Military Cemetery at the time of creation and CWGC maintain this as the historic name of the cemetery.

Authuile Military cemetery

 

William McBride


Private William McBride

Private William McBride 12/23965
9th Bn Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Died on 22nd April 1916 aged 21
Son of Joseph and Lina McBride
of Roan Cottage, Lislea, Armagh

Grave: D 67

Well how do you do, Private William McBride?
Do you mind if I sit down here by your graveside…

The song No Man’s Land (or The Green Fields of France) by the Scots-Australian singer Eric Bogle recounts the story of young William McBride.

The song recounts that he was just 19 but research has shown that the only two possible candidates (to have died in sixteen) are in this cemetery (The third possible has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial). Neither of the two it will be remarked is known to have been of that age.

Bogle recounted how he had visited some of the cemeteries and been inspired by one of the names. The words have been tinkered with in some versions but the essence remains the same.

Those quoted here are from Eric Bogle’s original lyrics.

The sun’s shining down on these green fields of France.
The warm wind blows gently, and the red poppies dance.
The trenches have vanished long under the plough
No gas and no barbed wire, no guns firing now.
But here in this graveyard, that’s still No Man’s Land
The countless white crosses in mute witness stand
To man’s blind indifference to his fellow man.
And a whole generation who were butchered and damned


Private W McBride

Private W McBride 21406
2nd Bn Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Died on 10th February 1916

Grave: A 36

According to their official website, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has publicly stated that his favourite peace song of all time is, The Fureys’ version of Green Fields of France.

He once gave a framed copy of the lyrics to a young girl who had written to him from Belfast about the Northern Irish Troubles.

Did they beat the drums slowly,
Did they play the fife lowly,
Did they sound the death march as they lowered you down?
Did the band play the last post and chorus,
And did the pipes play the Flowers of the Forest?

 

John McCarron one hundred years on

Remembering — a hundred years to the day

Private John McCarron 23768
9th Bn Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Died on 10th March 1916 aged 40
Son of Mary and the late James McCarron
of Castlederg, Co. Tyrone
Husband of Matilda McCarron
of Moyle, Newtown Stewart, Co. Tyrone

Grave: C 33

 


Private John Wray

Private John Wray 15106
16th Bn Lancashire Fusiliers
Died on 10th March 1916 aged 36
Husband of Sarah Wray
of 16 Dawson St, Pendlebury, Manchester

Grave: C 27

If death
Be the price of victory
O god forbid all wars


Lance Corporal Albert Taylor

Lance Corporal Albert Taylor G/16201
12th Bn Royal Sussex Regiment
Died on 13th November 1916 aged 17
Son of the late James and Ada Schneider
of East Ham, Essex

Grave: H 22

A young life
Cheerfully given
God make us worthy
Of such sacrifice


Private Henry Allcock

Private Henry Allcock 18718
19th Bn Lancashire Fusiliers
Died on 8th May 1916 aged 17
Son of George and Rachel Allcock
of 21 Ewart St, Salford, Manchester

Grave: E 28


Rifleman David Martin

Rifleman David Martin 11/4732
11th Bn Royal Irish Rifles
Died on 17th June 1916 aged 17
Son of David Martin
of 122 Longstone St, Lisburn

Grave: C 20


Private George Fisher

Private George Fisher 3263
1/7th Bn Gordon Highlanders
Died on 15th October 1915 aged 17
Son of Robert and Jane Fisher
of Wigton, Cumberland

Grave: B 57

 

Other cemeteries in the area


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