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Gommecourt British Cemetery No.2

Location

Gommecourt is a village 19 kilometres south-west of Arras. The Cemetery lies just off the road between Gommecourt and Puisieux (D6). A CWGC signpost indicating the directions to the site is situated at the junction 2 kilometres along this road. Access can also be made from the village of Hébuterne where a CWGC signpost indicates the way from the main square.

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Gommecourt British Cemetery No.2

 

Historical Information

Hébuterne village remained in Allied hands from March 1915 to the Armistice, although during the German advances of the summer of 1918, it was practically on the front line.

Gommecourt and Gommecourt Wood were attacked by the 56th (London) and 46th (North Midland) Divisions on 1st July 1916 with only temporary success, but the village was occupied by the 31st and 46th Divisions on the night of 27th-28th February 1917, remaining in Allied hands until the Armistice.

Gommecourt was later adopted by the County Borough of Wolverhampton.

Gommecourt British Cemeteries No.1, No.2, No.3 and No.4 were made in 1917 when the battlefields were cleared. No.2 originally contained 101 graves of 1st July 1916, almost all from the 56th Division, which form Plot I of the cemetery as it is today.

After the Armistice, graves from the neighbouring battlefields were added, plus the following :

  • Gommecourt British Cemetery No.1 was 100 metres North-West of No.2. It contained the graves of 107 soldiers from the United Kingdom, mainly of the 56th Division, who fell on the 1st July 1916.
  • Gommecourt British Cemetery No.3 was at the South-West corner of the village. It contained the graves of 117 soldiers from the United Kingdom, mainly of the 56th Division, who fell on the 1st July, and the 12th November 1916.
  • Gommecourt British Cemetery No.4 was 50 metres South of No.1. It contained the graves of 70 soldiers from the United Kingdom, largely of the 56th Division, who fell on the 1st July and the 12th November 1916, and at the end of February 1917.

Gommecourt British Cemetery No.2

Gommecourt British Cemetery No.2 now contains 1,357 First World War burials and commemorations. 682 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to 33 casualties known or believed to be buried among them.

Two graves of American soldiers have been removed to other cemeteries. The cemetery covers an area of 3,949 square metres, without the access path and is enclosed by a rubble wall. The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.

Gommecourt British Cemetery No.2

 

The Bassett Brothers

The Bassett Brothers, died together on the 1st July 1916

Rifleman Philip Bassett 391822
1/9th Bn London Regiment
Queen Victoria’s Rifles
Died on 1st July 1916 aged 20
Rifleman Henry Bassett 391189
1/9th Bn London Regiment
Queen Victoria’s Rifles
Died on 1st July 1916 aged 25
Brothers of Mrs Jean Pichon
of 28, Rue Vauquelin, Paris,
and of Miss Mary Bassett
 
Grave: III B 12 Grave: III B 13

Riflemen Matthews and Everest

Rifleman Frederick Matthews 300235
5th Bn London Regiment
London Rifle Brigade
Died on 1st July 1916 aged 19
Rifleman Victor Everest 2238
9th Bn London Regiment
Queen Victoria’s Rifles
Died on 1st July 1916 aged 19
Grave: II A 19 Grave: II A 20

 

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