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Cemetery Details

Location Abbeville, Hautes de France - 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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HILL, David

Service number 3862
Private
57th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1885

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BURCHELL, Harold

Service number 8773
Corporal
5th Field Artillery Brigade
AIF WW1
Born 30 Dec 1886

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LARSEN, Arthur Alexander

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

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HEWISH, Thomas Andrew

Service number 13367
Driver
1st
2nd and 3rd Auxiliary Transport Companies
Australian Army (Post WW2)
Born 3 Feb 1890

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COWAN, James

Service number 2586
Private
32nd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 17 Dec 1897

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STRAUGHAIR, Robert Thomas

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

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WALDOCK, Eric Alex

Service number 6104
Private
15th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1898

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HUNTER, Albert Charles

Service number 836
Sergeant
10th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1882

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