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Serre-Hébuterne

Location

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

Using the D919 from Arras to Amiens you will drive through the villages of Bucquoy, Puisieux then Serre-les-Puisieux (approximately 20 kilometres south of Arras). On leaving Serre-les-Puisieux, 700 metres further along the D919.

The French Military Cemetery is a little further along the road from the CWGC: Serre Road No.1 Cemetery, on the right hand side. It is easier to park at Serre No 1 and if you also wish to visit the nearby Sheffield Memorial Park this is more convenient.

French National Cemetery Serre-Hébuterne

 

Historical Information

The French Military Cemetery contains the remains of 834 soldiers of whom 240 are in a common grave (at the rear of the cemetery).

French National Cemetery Serre-Hébuterne

The soldiers belong mostly to the 243e and 327e Régiments d’Infanterie (RI) who were killed during the fighting at Hébuterne in June 1915.


Monument to the 243e RI at Hébuterne

The monument to the 243e RI

A monument to the bravery of the soldiers was first raised in 1917 and following this the Remembrance Association of the 243e RI asked for permission to buy land for a graveyard and to erect a proper memorial to their fallen.

On 14th June 1925 the memorial was unveiled and in 1936 work was commenced on the small chapel opposite the cemetery.

Eventually other bodies were brought into the cemetery from a few outlying cemeteries including some British ones.

On 11th June 1933 the cemetery was formally handed over into the keeping of the State.

Amongst those attending was Colonel Lequeux of the 243e RI and their former chaplain the Abbé Joseph de la Rue who was not only the founder of the project but also conducted the service.

Within the cemetery grounds are two monuments the main one unveiled in 1925 is in honour to :

À la Mémoire des Héros morts pour la France à Hébuterne 10-13 juin 1915

To the memory of those heroes who died for France at Hébuterne between the 10th and 13th June 1915

The other is to soldiers of the 243e RI who died on the 10th June 1915.

French National Cemetery Serre-Hébuterne

The Chapel opposite the cemetery

 

Other cemeteries in the area