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Guards' Cemetery, Lesboeufs

Location

Lesboeufs is a village 16 kilometres north-east of Albert. From Arras take the N17 south. Then take the D19 to Lesboeufs. Take the right fork by the Church through Le Transloy to Lesboeufs village. Then take the C5 towards Ginchy. The Cemetery is on the right hand side.

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Guards' Cemetery, Lesboeufs

 

Historical Information

Lesboeufs was attacked by the Guards Division on 15th September 1916 and captured by them on the 25th. It was lost on 24th March 1918 during the great German offensive, after a stubborn resistance by part of the 63rd Bn Machine Gun Corps, and recaptured on 29th August by the 10th Bn South Wales Borderers.

At the time of the Armistice, the cemetery consisted of only 40 graves (now Plot I), mainly those of officers and men of the 2nd Grenadier Guards who died on 25th September 1916, but it was very greatly increased when graves were brought in from the battlefields and small cemeteries round Lesboeufs.

There are now 3,136 casualties of the First World War buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 1,643 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to 83 soldiers known or believed to be buried among them.

Other special memorials record the names of five casualties buried in Ginchy ADS Cemetery, whose graves were destroyed by shell fire, and three officers of the 2nd Bn Coldstream Guards, killed in action on 26th September 1916 and known to have been buried together by the roadside near Lesboefs, whose grave could not later be located.

The cemetery was designed by Sir Herbert Baker.

The more considerable burial grounds concentrated into this cemetery were the following :

  • Flers Dressing Station Cemetery, Ginchy, between Delville Wood and Flers, containing the graves of 33 soldiers from Australia and eight from the United Kingdom who fell in September 1916-March 1917.
  • Flers Road Cemetery, Flers, on the Flers-Longueval road, containing the graves of 17 soldiers from the United Kingdom, three from New Zealand and one from Australia, who fell in October 1916.
  • Ginchy A.D.S. Cemetery, on the North side of Ginchy village. This was a Field Ambulance cemetery, used from November 1916 to March 1917, and containing the graves of 77 soldiers from the United Kingdom and one from Australia.
  • Ginchy R.F.A. Cemetery, between Ginchy and Flers, containing the graves of 16 Artillerymen from the United Kingdom and five from Australia who fell in October 1916-February 1917.
  • Guards’ Burial Ground, Ginchy, on the East side of the village, containing the graves of 21 officers and men of the Guards Division who fell on the 15th September 1916.
  • Needle Dump Cemetery, Lesboeufs, on the road to Flers, containing the graves of 23 soldiers from Australia and four from the United Kingdom who fell in October 1916-March 1917.
  • Needle Dump South Cemetery, Lesboeufs, about 50 yards South of Needle Dump Cemetery, containing the graves of 14 soldiers from Australia and nine from the United Kingdom who fell in October 1916-March 1917.
  • Switch Trench Cemetery, Flers, a little East of the Flers-Longueval road, containing 110 (mainly Australian) graves of 1916-17. On the site of another part of Switch Trench, further West, the New Zealand Government have erected one of their two Battlefield Memorials in France.
  • Windmill Trench Cemetery, Lesboeufs, on the road leading North from Lesboeufs. It was used from September 1916 to March 1917, and it contained the graves of 27 soldiers from the United Kingdom and 16 from Australia.

 

Privates Hart and Potter

Private Ion Hart 3778
60th Bn Australian Infantry
Died on 27th November 1916 aged 30
Private Joseph Potter 4950
60th Bn Australian Infantry
Died on 27th November 1916 aged 34
Son of George and Elizabeth Hart
of 4 Park Grove, Middle Park, Victoria
Native of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
Son of Joseph and Mary Potter
of Castting St, Townsville, Queensland
Native of Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia
Grave: VIII L 9 Grave: VIII L 10

 

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