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Cemetery Details

Location Abbeville, Somme, France
Co‑ordinates N50.12141, E1.83222
Description

For much of the First World War, Abbeville was headquarters of the Commonwealth lines of communication and No.3 BRCS, No.5 and No.2 Stationary Hospitals were stationed there variously from October 1914 to January 1920. The communal cemetery was used for burials from November 1914 to September 1916, the earliest being made among the French military graves. The extension was begun in September 1916.

During the early part of the Second World War, Abbeville was a major operational aerodrome, but the town fell to the Germans at the end of May 1940. On 4 June, an attempt was made by the 51st Division, in conjunction with the French, to break the German bridgehead, but without success. Towards the end of 1943, eight large ski shaped buildings appeared near Abbeville. These proved to be storage units for flying bomb components an they were heavily bombed by Commonwealth air forces. Abbeville was retaken on 4 September 1944 by Canadian and Polish units.

Abbeville Communal Cemetery contains 774 Commonwealth burials of First World War and 30 from the Second. The Extension contains 1,754 First World War burials and 348 from the Second.

The Commonwealth sections of both cemetery and extension were designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.

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Names

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STRAUGHAIR, Robert Thomas

Service number 4895
Driver
16th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 25 Apr 1895

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LARSEN, Arthur Alexander

Service number 3190
Private
59th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 8 Apr 1881

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KENNEWELL, Charles John

Service number 51896
Private
57th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 20 Nov 1899

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HITCHENS, Robert

Service number 6230
Driver
14th Field Company Engineers
AIF WW1
Born 1895

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FLEMING, Cyril Charles

Service number 1093
Private
3rd Mobile Veterinary Section
AIF WW1
Born Jan 1893

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CUNNINGHAM, Thomas William

Service number 9612
Driver
11th Field Company Engineers
AIF WW1
Born 15 Mar 1894

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KOSTER, William Frederick

Service number 589
Private
41st Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 20 Nov 1893

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GRADNER, William Albert

Service number 3536
Private
5th Machine Gun Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1889

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