Holiday in the Somme - Gommecourt Wood Cemeteries

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.

 

Foncquevillers is a village about 18 kilometres south-west of Arras on the D3.

Casualty Details: UK 692, Australia 1, New Zealand 56, Total Burials: 749

Foncquevillers was in British hands in 1915 and 1916.

On the 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 the 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.

It was later "adopted" by the County Borough of Wolverhampton. Gommecourt Wood New Cemetery was made, after the Armistice, by the concentration of graves from certain smaller burial grounds and from the battlefields of July, 1916, March, 1917, and March, April and August, 1918
         

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