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Beauval Communal Cemetery


Beauval is a village on the main road (N25) between Amiens and Doullens, about 24 kilometres north of Amiens and 6 kilometres south of Doullens. Beauval Communal Cemetery is on the northern side of the village at the end of a by-road leading off the main road – rue de l’√©glise.

As you come into the town from the N 25, turn off at the war memorial following the signs for the Cimetière, leading round to the right of the rather imposing church. The road leads up the hill to the cemetery and the CWGC plot is on the right at the far end of the gravelled path.

Beauval Communal Cemetery


Historical Information

The 4th Casualty Clearing Station was at Beauval from June 1915, to October 1916, and the 47th from October to December 1916.

The great majority of the burials were carried out from these hospitals; but a few were made as late as March 1918, and after the Armistice graves from Lucheux Military Cemetery were moved to Rows A and G in this cemetery.

There are now over 250, 1914-18 and a small number of 1939-45 war casualties commemorated in this site.

The British Plot covers an area of 852 square metres.

Lucheux Military Cemetery was made by French troops and used at intervals from 1916 to 1918 by British units. It stood at the South end of the village of Lucheux, in wooded country North-East of Doullens. It contained the graves of 48 French soldiers, twelve British and one New Zealand, and two men of the Chinese Labour Corps.

Beauval Communal Cemetery


New Zealand’s first death in France

The single New Zealander who had initially been buried in Lucheux Military Cemetery was Sapper Michael Tobin of the New Zealand Tunnelling Company.

A miner for the Public Works Department in Tauranga he had volunteered for the NZ Engineers Tunnelling Company in October 1915.

The tunnellers were the first of the New Zealand contingent to arrive in France and were initially employed outside of Arras before being brought into the town where they were instrumental in creating the system of tunnels under the town used by troops on the eve of the Battle of Arras in April 1917.

Michael Tobin fell ill and was admitted to hospital with Broncho-Pneumonia on the 14th April 1916 but died the following day, becoming the first death of the NZEF on the Western Front.

Sapper Michael Tobin

Sapper Michael Tobin 4/1639
New Zealand Engineers
Died on 15th April 1916 aged 28
Brother of W Tobin
of Tauranga, New Zealand

Grave: A 26


Private Alfred Fristad

Private Alfred Fristad 4259
6th Bn Gloucestershire Regiment
Died on 19 March 1916 aged 21
Son of Johannes Olsen Fristad,
of Munkelivsgate No 6, Bergen, Norway

Grave: D 19

Private George Mills

Private George Mills 4095
1/7th Bn Worcestershire Regiment
Died on 8th April 1916 aged 17
Son of James and Harriet Mills,
of Wolverley, Kidderminster

Died for god
King and country
Gone but not forgotten
Never will our memories fade

Grave: D 29

2nd Lieutenant Walter Damiano

2nd Lieutenant Walter Damiano
2nd Bn Royal Dublin Fusiliers
Died on 2nd July 1916 aged 19
Son of Nicholas and Enid Damiano,
of 2, Church Lane, Calcutta, India

Heart and soul of a boy
Simple and cheery
Never now to grow old
Never grow weary

Grave: A 9

Rifleman Frank Goodman

Rifleman Frank Goodman S/15815
16th Bn Rifle Brigade
Died on 3rd September 1916 aged 25
Son of John and Rebecca Goodman,
of 160, Navarino Mansions, Dalston Lane, London


This being the Arabic word for Fate

Grave: F 27


Private Charles Depper

Private Charles Depper 5715
1/4th Bn Royal Berkshire Regiment
Died on 13th September 1916 aged 30
Son of Charles Depper,
of Rock Hill, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire

Grave: G 1

Shot for desertion

In August 1916 Charles Depper decided that he had become bored with life in the trenches and left his unit immediately prior to an attack. He took himself off to Amiens apparently with the intention of continuing on to Rouen and the boat for England (The chances of him accomplishing such a journey were close to nil and he does not appear to have given any great thought to what he was doing).

He was arrested almost immediately in Amiens and sent for Court Martial. Having already explained his story to the Military Police he provided the court with an open and shut case.


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