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Serre Road Cemetery No 3

Location

The village of Serre is 11 kilometres north-north-east of Albert. 

The easiest way to reach the cemetery is to follow the D919 from Arras (sometimes indicated as N319), through the villages of Ayette, Bucquoy and Puisieux. Continue along this road, past the tiny village of Serre-les-Puisieux, until you come to a large farm surrounded by tall poplar trees and adjacent to the large Serre Road Cemetery No.1. On your right you will see a set of CWGC direction signs indicating the way to a group of small cemeteries and the Sheffield Memorial Park. Serre Road No.3 Cemetery is the first cemetery along the dirt track. It is situated in open fields facing the memorial park.

Vehicles are not supposed to use the track. Park at Serre Road Cemetery No 1 and walk. Ensure that your vehicle is locked and all valuables secured.

Serre Road Cemetery No 3

 

Historical Information

The Serre Road was, in June 1916, the road leading out of Mailly-Maillet, in British hands, and entering no man’s land about 1,170 metres South-West of Serre, which was held by the Germans. The 31st and 4th Divisions attacked North and South of this road on 1st July 1916, with parties of the 31st Division reaching Serre, but the attack failed. The 3rd and 31st Divisions renewed the attempt, without success, on 13th November. The Germans evacuated Serre on 24th February 1917, and the 22nd Bn Manchester Regiment entered the village on the following morning.

In the spring of 1917, the battlefields of the Ancre were cleared by the V Corps and a number of cemeteries made, three of which are named from the Serre Road. They fell into enemy hands on 25th March 1918, but were recovered on the following 14th August.

Serre Road Cemetery No.3, was made by the V Corps in the spring of 1917.

There are now over 80, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site (mainly of the 31st Division) who fell in July and November 1916. Of these, over half are unidentified and special memorials are erected to four men who are known or believed to be buried among them.

The cemetery covers an area of 293 square metres and is enclosed by a rubble wall.

 

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