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Hamel Military Cemetery

Location

Hamel is a small village about 6.5 kilometres north of Albert.

Using the D929 from Bapaume to Albert, continue until you come to La Boisselle, where there is a right turn signposted to Aveluy on the D20. Upon entering Aveluy, continue straight until you reach the crossroads where you should turn right to Beaumont-Hamel. Continue for 5 kilometres until you reach Hamel village where the military cemetery is on your immediate left.

There is about enough room for one vehicle to park opposite the cemetery entrance. It is on a slight bend so if you are coming out of Hamel do not park against the flow of traffic. Go up to the junction and turn around.

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Hamel Military Cemetery

 

Historical Information

Beaumont village was captured by British troops in November 1916, but Hamel was in British occupation from the summer of 1915, until the 27th March 1918.

Hamel Military Cemetery was begun by fighting units and Field Ambulances in August 1915, and carried on until June 1917; and a few further burials were made in Plot II, Row F, after the capture of the village in 1918.

It was known at times by the names of Brook Street Trench and White City.

Hamel Military Cemetery

It was enlarged after the Armistice by the concentration of graves from the immediate neighbourhood. There are now nearly 500, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, nearly 80 are unidentified and special memorials are erected to four soldiers from the United Kingdom known or believed to be buried among them.

A number of French and German military graves have been removed to other burial grounds. The cemetery covers an area of 2,235 square metres, without including the public right of way on the North side and is enclosed by a rubble wall.

Hamel Military Cemetery

 

There are a number of graves here from the battle of for Beaucourt in November 1916. Notable amongst them are two of the colonels from the 63rd (Royal Naval) Division killed in the fighting.


Lt Colonel Norman Burge

Lt Colonel Norman Burge RMLI
Nelson Battalion RND
Died 13th November 1916 aged 40
Son of Col and Mrs B Burge
Husband of Lily Burge
of 2 South Parade, Southsea, Portsmouth

Grave: II D 20


Lt Colonel Frederick Saunders

Lt Colonel Frederick Saunders DSO RMLI
Anson Battalion RND
Died on 12th November 1916 aged 40
Son of William and Elizabeth Saunders
of Sydenham, London
Husband of Muriel Saunders

Grave: II E 9

 


Lt John de Carrich Cheape

Lt John de Carrich Cheape
8th Bn Royal Sussex Regiment
Attached 13th Bn Royal Sussex Regiment
Died on 3rd September 1916 aged 22
Son of Antoinette Ann Cheape
of Great Streele, Framfield, Sussex

Grave: II A 22


Sub Lt Ian McCormick

Sub Lt Ian McCormick RNVR
Hood Battalion RND
Died on 24th January 1917 aged 21
Son of John and Margaret McCormick
of Craigroyston, Knock, Belfast

Grave: I C 3


Lt Colonel Ernest Boyle

Lt Colonel Ernest Boyle DSO
1st Bn Honourable Artillery Company
Died on 7th February 1917 aged 56
Son of Charles and Zacyntha Boyle

Grave: I E 2

 

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