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London Cemetery and Extension

Location

Longueval is a village 40 kilometres north-east of Amiens and 12 kilometres east-north-east of Albert, a town on the D929 road from Amiens to Bapaume and Cambrai. From the D929 direction Bapaume-Albert take the 2nd turning for Martinpuich and continue along the D6 direction Longueval, for 2 kilometres. London Cemetery and Extension will be found on the right hand side of the road.

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London Cemetery and Extension

 

Historical Information

High Wood was fiercely fought over during the Battle of the Somme until cleared by 47th (London) Division on 15th September 1916. It was lost during the German advance of April 1918, but retaken the following August.

The original London Cemetery at High Wood was begun when 47 men of the 47th Division were buried in a large shell hole on 18th and 21st September 1916. Other burials were added later, mainly of officers and men of the 47th Division who died on 15th September 1916, and at the Armistice the cemetery contained 101 graves.

The cemetery was then greatly enlarged when remains were brought in from the surrounding battlefields, but the original battlefield cemetery is preserved intact within the larger cemetery, now known as the London Cemetery and Extension.

The cemetery, one of five in the immediate vicinity of Longueval which together contain more than 15,000 graves, is the third largest cemetery on the Somme with 3,873 First World War burials, 3,114 of them unidentified.

London Cemetery and Extension was used again in 1946 by the Army Graves Service for the reburial of Second World War casualties recovered from various temporary burial grounds, French military cemeteries, small communal cemeteries, churchyards and isolated graves, where permanent maintenance was not possible.

These graves are in one central plot at the extreme end of the cemetery, behind the Cross of Sacrifice. Second World War burials number 165.

The original London Cemetery was designed by Sir Herbert Baker, but the site was completely re-modelled after the Second World War by Austin Blomfield.

London Cemetery and Extension

 


Captains Henderson and Gauld

Captain David Henderson
8th Bn Middlesex Regiment
Attached 19th Bn
Died on 15th September 1916 aged 27
Son of Rt Hon Arthur Henderson, LL.D., M.P
and of Eleanor Henderson

Captain Alexander Gauld
19th Bn County of London Regiment
Died on 15th September 1916 aged 23
Son of Alexander and Isabella Gauld
of 24, Hornsey Lane, Highgate, London

Grave: 1A A 14

Arthur Henderson was the leader of the British Labour Party in 1916 and had become the first Labour member of a Cabinet when Prime Minister Herbert Asquith invited him to join his coalition government.

Asquith’s own son: Raymond is buried not far away at Guillemont Road Cemetery.


Rifleman George Clarke

Rifleman George Clarke R/7523
1st Bn King’s Royal Rifle Corps
Died on 27th July 1016 aged 25
Son of Mary and the late George Frederick Clarke
of 38, Sinnot Rd., Walthamstow, Essex

Grave: I J 17


Private Edward Fitzgerald

Private Edward Fitzgerald 4491
4th Bn Australian Infantry
Died on 24th July 1916 aged 25
Son of James and Ellen Fitzgerald
of Haberfield, New South Wales, Australia

Grave: IV C 10


Private Charles Love

Private Charles Love 16558
12th Bn Gloucestershire Regiment
Died on 29th July 1916 aged 35
Son of the late James and Lliza Love
Husband of Ann Love
of 6, Berkeley Cottages, Brentry, Bristol

Grave: IV C 16


Private Walter Lygoe

Private Walter Lygoe 19615
8th Bn Bedfordshire Regiment
Died on 19th October 1916 aged 31
Son of George and Alice Lygoe
of Islington, London
Husband of Mrs. N Lygoe
of Islington
Father of Mr. W. Lygoe
of 71, Landor Rd., Stockwell. London

Grave: IV C 28

Dad au revoir

 

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