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Knightsbridge Cemetery


Using the D929 from Bapaume to Albert, continue until you reach La Boisselle where there is a right turn signposted to Aveluy on the D20. Upon entering Aveluy continue straight until the crossroads where you should turn right to Beamont-Hamel. Continue for 4 kilometres and then take the left turning to Mesnil Martinsart. On reaching Mesnil village, take the first right turn and then the first right turn again where a rough road will take you 1.5 kilometres to the cemetery.

The cemetery is 200 metres from the track and no permanent grass pathway exists.

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Knightsbridge Cemetery


Historical Information

The cemetery, which is named from a communication trench, was begun at the outset of the Battle of the Somme in 1916. It was used by units fighting on that front until the German withdrawal in February 1917 and was used again by fighting units from the end of March to July 1918, when the German advance brought the front line back to the Ancre.

After the Armistice, burials in Rows G, H and J were added when graves were brought in from isolated positions on the battlefields of 1916 and 1918 round Mesnil.

Knightsbridge Cemetery contains 548 First World War burials, 141 of them unidentified.

The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.

Lieutenant Frederick Mellor

Lieutenant Frederick Mellor, 1st Bn Newfoundland Regiment, Died on 1st July 1916 aged 28
Son of Thomas and Mary Mellor of St Luke’s Rectory, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, Canada
Native of Eastern Passage, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
Grave: B 9

Note that his address is stressed as being Canada. Newfoundland only joined the Confederation in 1949.


Captain Vere Loxley

Captain Vere Loxley
1st RM Bn RMLI
Died on 13th November 1916 aged 43
Son of Alice Loxley and the late Rev. Arthur Loxley
of Little Cloisters, Gloucester,
His brother Reginald Loxley also fell.

Grave: E1

Sergeant George Hawkins MM

Sergeant George Hawkins MM 9958
2nd Bn Royal Fusiliers
Died on 1st July 1916 aged 33
Son of George and Caroline Hawkins
of Fulham, London
Husband of Mary Ann Hawkins
of 31, Hannell Rd, Fulham, London.

Grave: D 35

2nd Lieutenant Wilfred Ayre

2nd Lieutenant Wilfred Ayre
1st Bn Newfoundland Regiment
Died on 1st July 1916 aged 21
Son of Charles and Diana Ayre
of St. John’s, Newfoundland

Grave: B 10

Four members of the family were killed

CQMS Charles Cleary

CQMS Charles Cleary 679
1st Bn Newfoundland Regiment
Died on 1st July 1916 aged 21
Son of Philip and Katherine Cleary
of 3, Monkstown Rd
St. John’s, Newfoundland

Grave: C42

Lieutenant Robert Burleigh

Lieutenant Robert Burleigh
Royal Engineers
Attached 15 Sqn RFC
Died on 29th August 1916 aged 23
Son of Bennet and Bertha Bennet Burleigh

Grave: C 9


Other cemeteries in the area

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