Holiday in the Somme - Devonshire Cemetery

At the end of October 2013 I went on holiday to the Somme region of France with my family.

We stayed in a gite in the quiet village of Carnoy.

While we were there we visited many sites associated with The Great War of 1914 - 1918.

 

Mametz is a village in the Department of the Somme, 6.5 kilometres east of Albert. Devonshire Cemetery is 800 metres south of Mametz and is situated on high ground some 450 metres west of the road from Albert to Peronne (D938), 6.5 kilometres from Albert.

Mametz was within the German lines until 1 July 1916 when it was captured by the 7th Division, and Mametz Wood, north-east of the village, was cleared on the days following 7 July. The 8th and 9th Battalions of the Devonshire Regiments, forming parts of the 7th Division, attacked on 1 July 1916 from a point on the south-west side of Albert-Maricourt road, due south of Mametz village, by a plantation called Mansel Copse. It was there, on 4 July, that they buried their dead in a section of their old front line trench. All but two of the burials belong to these battalions.

The poet Lt William Noel Hodgson is buried in this cemetery.

The cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens & William Harrison Cowlishaw

Casualty Details: UK 163, Total Burials: 163

 

Nearby is the Gordon Cemetery.

The Gîte we were staying at is visible in the distance.

Gordon Cemetery was made by men of the 2nd Gordon Highlanders who buried some of their dead of 1 July in what had been a support trench, together with three artillerymen who died on 9 July. The cemetery contains 102 First World War burials, five of them unidentified. As the precise location of most of the graves could not be established, 93 of the headstones are arranged in semi-circles around the central cross.

The cemetery was designed by  Arthur James Scott Hutton

Casualty Details: UK 102, Total Burials: 102

         

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