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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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Names

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COOPER, Thomas Harman

Service number 5351
Private
53rd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1890

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SMITH, Walter Willoughby

Service number 869
Lieutenant
33rd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1894

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GRUNDY, Thomas Clifton

Service number 395
Private
40th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 6 Jan 1892

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HANDCOCK, Charles

Service number 39
Lance Corporal
38th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born Jul 1886

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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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LYNCH, Paul

Service number 555
Driver
Born 29 Jun 1888

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WHITE, Gordon Leslie

Service number 644
Private
32nd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born Mar 1897

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BLIGHT, James Henry

Service number 1633
Private
48th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 10 Apr 1884

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