Webmatters Title
Webmatters : Rossignol Wood Cemetery, Hébuterne
Rough Map of Area

Rossignol Wood Cemetery


Hébuterne is a village which lies about 20 kilometres south-west of Arras. Rossignol Wood Cemetery lies approximately one kilometre north-east of the village, on the road between Gommecourt and Puisieux (D6).

Owl Trench Cemetery is a few hundred metres away on the same side of the road.

Decimal 50.129568 2.665593 Map

Rossignol Wood Cemetery


Historical Information

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

Rossignol Wood was taken by the Germans at the end of March 1918 and recovered in the following July. The cemetery was begun in March 1917, by the 46th Division Burial Officer, about 350 metres to the west of the wood.

Rossignol Wood Cemetery

The German plot was added after the Armistice when graves were brought in from the battlefields immediately to the south and south-west.

The cemetery contains 41 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, two of them are unidentified. There are also 70 German war graves, 42 being unidentified. The cemetery was designed by N A Rew.

It was in the area of Rossignol Wood that Serjeant Dick Travis VC, one of the great heroes of the New Zealand Division was killed on 25th July 1918. He is buried in Couin New British Cemetery, about fifteen minutes away from here.

The German plot

The German plot


The cemetery from Rossignol Wood

Looking towards the cemetery from Rossignol Wood, Gommecourt British Cemetery No 2 lies on the right
The village in the distance is Hébuterne


Rifleman Rudolph Feil

Rifleman Rudolph Feil S/363
1st Bn. 3rd, NZ Rifle Brigade
Died on 8th August 1918 aged 32
Son of the late Mr and Mrs J Feil
of Wain St, Dunedin, New Zealand
Husband of Isabel Feil
of Morningside, Auckland

Grave: B 18

Captain Samuel Wilton MC

Captain Samuel Wilton MC
1/5th Bn North Staffordshire Regiment
Died on 14th March 1917 aged 25
Son of Samuel and Mary Wilton
of Albany Rd, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffs

Grave: A 4


Other cemeteries in the area

Recent Additions

Brimont Churchyard

Braine Communal Cemetery

Soupir Churchyard

CWGC Poppy Button