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Grevillers British Cemetery

Location

Grevillers (New Zealand) Memorial is situated in Grevillers British Cemetery. Grevillers is a village in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais, 3 kilometres west of Bapaume. From Bapaume take the RD929 in the direction of Amiens, turn immediately right onto the RD7, where a signpost indicates the direction of the cemetery. After 500 metres turn left at junction onto RD29, where a signpost again indicates the cemetery, which is on the right after a further 50 metres.

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Grevillers British Cemetery

 

Historical Information

The village of Grevillers was occupied by Commonwealth troops on 14th March 1917 and in April and May, the 3rd, 29th and 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Stations were posted nearby. They began the cemetery and continued to use it until March 1918, when Grevillers was lost to the German during their great advance.

On the following 24th August, the New Zealand Division recaptured Grevillers and in September, the 34th, 49th and 56th Casualty Clearing Stations came to the village and used the cemetery again.

After the Armistice, 200 graves were brought in from the battlefields to the south of the village, 40 from an adjoining cemetery made during the German occupation, and some from the following :

  • Avesnes-les-Bapaume German Cemetery, near the British huts, which contained the graves of two soldiers from the United Kingdom who died in April 1918.
  • Bayonet Trench Cemetery, Gueudecourt, which contained the graves of 19 soldiers of the 1st Australian Infantry Battalion who fell on 5th November 1916.

There are now 2,106 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in Grevillers British Cemetery. 189 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to 18 casualties known or believed to be buried among them. Other special memorials record the names of two casualties, buried in Avesnes-les-Bapaume German Cemetery, whose graves could not be found.

The cemetery also contains the graves of seven Second World War airmen, and 18 French war graves.

New Zealand Memorial

Within the cemetery stands this memorial which commemorates almost 450 officers and men of the New Zealand Division who died in the defensive fighting in the area from March to August 1918, and in the Advance to Victory between 8th August and 11th November 1918, and who have no known grave.

This is one of seven memorials in France and Belgium to those New Zealand soldiers who died on the Western Front and whose graves are not known. The memorials are all in cemeteries chosen as appropriate to the fighting in which the men died.

The cemetery and memorial were designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

Grevillers British Cemetery

The NZ Memorial at the far end of the cemetery

 


Corporal Hughie Short

Corporal Hughie Short 31358
2nd Bn Wellington Regiment NZEF
Died on 25th August 1918 aged 37
Son of Charles and Sarah Short
of Upper Maffra West, Gippsland,
Victoria, Australia

Grave: XI D 9


Private David Byrne

Private David Byrne 5541
17th Bn Australian Infantry
Died on 8th May 1917 aged 19
Son of John and Annie Byrne
of 770 Botany Rd, Alexandria, New South Wales
Born in Queensland

Grave: IV D 8

No one knows
The silent heartache
Only mothers they can tell


Private Harold Allen

Private Harold Allen 4599
18th Bn Australian Infantry
Died on 3rd May 1917 aged 19
Son of Henry and Harriett Allen
of West Parade, Ryde, New South Wales
Born at Sydney

Grave: II C 16


Lieutenant Edward Winter

Lieutenant Edward Winter
23rd Bn Australian Infantry
Died on 6th May 1917 aged 24
Son of James and Alice Winter
of Winterville, Victoria, Australia
Born at Cassilis, Victoria

Grave: IV A 14

 


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