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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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…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.

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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.

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Naval casualties of the fighting in the spring of 1918.

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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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