Holiday in the Somme - Point 110 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.

 

Fricourt village was captured by the 17th Division on 2 July 1916 but the southern part of the commune, in which the old cemetery is situated, was already in Allied hands.

Point 110 Old Military Cemetery was begun by French troops in February 1915 and continued by the 1st Dorsets and other Commonwealth units from August 1915 to September 1916. The cemetery was named from the contour on the map; before September 1916 it was called King George's Hill.

The French graves were later removed to the French national cemetery at Albert.

Casualty Details: UK 100, Total Burials: 100

 

Fricourt is a village in the Somme, 5 kilometres east of Albert.

Both the new and the old cemeteries are near the side of the track, the old being 230 metres north of the new.

The two photographs above show the Old Cemetery.

Fricourt village was captured by the 17th Division on 2 July 1916 but the southern part of the commune, in which the new cemetery is situated, was already in Allied hands. Point 110 New Military Cemetery was begun by the 403rd French Infantry Regiment in May-July 1915 and continued by Commonwealth units in February-July 1916. The cemetery was named from the contour on the map; before September 1916 it was called King George's Hill.

Casualty Details: UK 64, Total Burials: 64

Unexploded shells are still being found in the fields in the area - this one had been placed on the roadside near to the entrance to the New Cemetery for collection.

The remains of the outlines of the trenches and shell holes were still visible in the fields.

         

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