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Gommecourt Wood New Cemetery

Location

Foncquevillers is a village about 18 km south-west of Arras on the D3. Gommecourt Wood New Cemetery is situated a little way south-east along the D6. A CWGC signpost indicating the road is situated at the junction near the post office in Foncquevillers and the Cemetery is on the right hand side of the road just before arriving at Gommecourt.

Gommecourt Wood New Cemetery

 

Historical Information

Foncquevillers was in British hands in 1915 and 1916. On 1st July 1916, Gommecourt Wood was attacked by the 46th (North Midland) Division, and the Southern part of the village by the 56th (London) Division. The attack met with temporary success, but could not be sustained; and Gommecourt remained a salient in the German line until 27th February 1917, when it was evacuated. It was never retaken by the Germans; at the end of their offensive of March 1918, it was just within the British lines. Gommecourt was later adopted by the County Borough of Wolverhampton.

Gommecourt Wood New Cemetery was made, after the Armistice, when graves were brought in from the battlefields of July 1916, March 1917, and March, April and August 1918, and from certain smaller burial grounds, including :

  • Bastion Cemetery, Foncquevillers, in the old German line North of the Wood, where 55 men (nearly all unidentified) of the 46th Division were buried.
  • Bretencourt French Military Cemetery, on the West side of the bridge between Bretencourt and Blamont Mill, in the commune of Rivière. Here were buried 233 French soldiers and 38 from the United Kingdom; three men of the Indian Labour Corps; and one German prisoner.
  • Gommecourt Château Cemetery, at the north-east corner of the Château park, begun by the Germans. Here were buried 55 soldiers from New Zealand, who fell in July and August, 1918, and 14 from the United Kingdom.
  • Gommecourt Wood Cemetery No.1, or The Sap Cemetery, Foncquevillers, between the old front lines, in which were buried 111 men of the 46th Division, almost all unidentified.
  • Gommecourt Wood Cemetery No.4, or Little Z Cemetery (from a strong point on the old German front line), Foncquevillers, which contained the graves of 22 men of the 46th Division and one other.
  • Gommecourt Wood Cemetery No.5, on the North-West side of the Wood, contained the graves of 27 men of the 46th Division.
  • Gommecourt Wood Cemetery No.6, close to No.5, contained the graves of 40 men, almost all of the 46th Division.
  • Gommecourt Wood Cemetery No.8, Foncquevillers, between the old front lines, contained the graves of 46 men of the 46th Division.
  • Point 75 British Cemetery, Foncquevillers, on the old German front line, contained the graves of 35 men of the 46th Division.

Gommecourt Wood New Cemetery

There are now nearly 750, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, nearly two-thirds are unidentified and special memorials are erected to ten soldiers from the United Kingdom, known or believed to be buried among them.

The cemetery covers an area of 2,690 square metres and is enclosed by a rubble wall.

 


Lt Colonel Charles Boote

Lt Colonel Charles Boote
5th Bn North Staffordshire Regiment
Died on 1st July 1916 aged 41
Son of Richard and Sarah Boote
of Shallowford, Staffs
Husband of Gertrude Boote
of 62, St. Michael’s Rd., Bedford
Served in the South African Campaign

Grave: II B 12


Lieutenant Frederick Beechey

Lieutenant Frederick Beechey 22695
2nd Bn Otago Regiment
New Zealand Infantry
Died on 25th July 1918 aged 35
Son of J. M. and Elizabeth Beechey

Grave: III B 27


Private Francis Septimus Hill

Private Francis Septimus Hill 201676
1/5th Bn Manchester Regiment
Died on 26th March 1918 aged 26
Son of the late Richard and Alice Hill
of Gorton, Manchester

Grave: II J 7

On fields
Where once were battles
Will the fairest flowers
Be found

 

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