Travels on the Somme Part Nine – Aveluy Wood Cemetery (Lancashire Dump)


Aveluy Wood Cemetery (Lancashire Dump) is another cemetery situated in the valley of the River Ancre, a little way south of Ancre British Cemetery and the village of Hamel.


Cemetery entrance.  The Lancashire Dump part of the official title comes from the name given to this immediate area by the British at the time.


Although the cemetery was begun at the start of the battle, only a handful of burials here are men killed on 1st July.  The cemetery plan can be seen here.


The cemetery was used on a fairly regular basis throughout the rest of 1916 until the German withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line in February 1917.


Plot II (above) and Plot III (below) were both added after the Armistice when isolated graves were brought here from elsewhere in the wood…



…and in the early 1920s the five rows furthest from the camera in Plot I (above), 124 graves in all, were brought in from wider afield and reburied here.  There are now 380 burials in this cemetery, of which 172 are unidentified.


Above & following photos: The irregularity of the original graves in Plot I shows the battlefield nature of this cemetery when it was first begun.


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Along the wall, some of the twenty special memorials to men known to be buried among the unidentified burials here.


Naval casualties of the fighting in the spring of 1918.


Next, we begin a series of posts visiting the sites of the battles that took place along the Albert-Bapaume road during the summer of 1916, beginning with a look around Albert itself.

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