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Cemetery Details

Location Albert, Picardie - Departement de la Somme, France
Co‑ordinates N49.998683, E2.654166
Description

CWGC Cemetery link - Albert Communal Extension Cemetery (www.cwgc.org)

 

Albert was the main town behind the lines for the Allies nearest to the 1916 Somme battlefields. It lies on the main D929 road that runs east to Bapaume across the Somme battlefields, and west to Amiens in the other direction.  The fact that the road is so straight suggests its origins as one of many Roman Roads emanating from Amiens.

In the centre of Albert is one of the most famous icons for the Australians in the Great War - the Golden Virgin on top of the Basilica. The golden statue of the Madonna holding aloft her child was visible from far away, and of course was an excellent target for enemy artillery. It was damaged fairly early on, in January 1915, and the statue was knocked from its perch but stayed leaning at an angle before being secured by the French in that position.

The Diggers nicknamed her "Fanny Durack" after the famed female Olympic diver of the early 20th Century.  Legend had it that is Fanny completed her dive and fell, Albert would be lost.  Albert was lost in the German offensive of spring 1918, but it was British artillery that finally nudged Fanny off the board, before the town was recaptured in the "Last Hundred Days" offensive by the Allies in the autumn of 1918.

The cemetery is clos to the heart of town.  If you have been there tell us about your visit.

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DEVLIN, William Ross

Service number 3060
Private
47th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1

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DAVENPORT, Arthur John

Service number 3726
Private
10th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1889

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VARLEY, William

Second Lieutenant
Unspecified British Units
British Army
Born 2 Mar 1892

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HUBBE, Herman Fritz

Service number COMMI...
Captain
1st Pioneer Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 18 May 1895

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WOOLMAN, Charles Henry

Service number 3210A
Private
50th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 12 Jul 1880

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HARRISON-SMITH, Lancelot Roy

Service number 3381
Sapper
13th Field Company Engineers
AIF WW1
Born 18 Dec 1890

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BAKER, Norman Selwyn

Service number 2469
Private
17th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born Apr 1897

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COLLIN, Allen Harold

Service number 2106
Private
3rd Light Trench Mortar Battery
AIF WW1
Born 18 Oct 1895

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