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Citadel New Military Cemetery


Fricourt is a village about 5 kilometres east of Albert and Citadel New Military Cemetery is approximately 2.5 kilometres south of Fricourt on the east side of the road to Bray-sur-Somme. Access to the cemetery is off a roundabout created as a result of the new airport nearby and is signposted from the roundabout.

Citadel New Military Cemetery


Historical Information

Fricourt was captured by the 17th (Northern) Division on 2nd July 1916 but the southern part of the commune, in which this cemetery is situated, was already in Allied hands. On the road from Fricourt to Bray, before it reaches the top of the plateau, are two points 71 metres above sea level, known to the Army as 71 North and 71 South.

A little further on was a feature known as the Citadel. The cemetery was begun by French troops and from August 1915, when the first Commonwealth burials were made, it was known as the Citadel Military Cemetery (Point 71). It was used until November 1916 and once in August 1918.

The great majority of the burials were carried out from field ambulances before the Battles of the Somme. In the Autumn of 1916 the Citadel became a large camp for units withdrawn from the line.

The cemetery contains 378 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, 15 of them unidentified.

The cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

Citadel New Military Cemetery


Brigadier General Louis Phillpotts

Brigadier General Louis Phillpotts C M G, D S O
24th Div HQ Royal Artillery
Died on 8th September 1916 aged 46
Son of the Rev H and Mrs Phillpotts, of Shadwell, Speldhurst, Kent
Husband of Mrs Phillpotts, of Russelstown Park, Carlow

Grave: II A 1

Lt Colonel Guy Baring

Lt Colonel The Hon Guy Baring
1st Bn Coldstream Guards
Died on 15th September 1916 aged 43
Son of the late Alexander Baring, 4th Baron Ashburton and Lady Ashburton
Husband of Olive Baring of Biddesden House, Andover, Hants
Member of Parliament for Winchester since 1906
Twice Mentioned in Despatches

Grave: II A 9

2nd Lieutenant Wilfred Johnson

2nd Lieutenant Wilfred Johnson
2nd Bn Border Regiment
Died on 19th April 1916 aged 24
Son of John Johnson, of Franklin Mount, Harrogate

Grave: V F 10

Lance Corporal Samuel Ham

Lance Corporal Samuel Ham 11474
8th Bn Devonshire Regiment
Died on 5th May 1915 aged 23
Son of William and Jane Ham, of 46 Walker Road, Splott, Cardiff
His brother Richard also fell

Grave: V E 13

Richard was killed on 25th September 1915
Serving in the same battalion
First day of the Battle of Loos
He is commemorated on the Loos Memorial


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