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Cemetery Details

Location D147, Contalmaison, Hauts de France - Picardie, France
Co‑ordinates N50.02437, E2.73026
Description

The village of Contalmaison was reached on the 1st July, 1916, by small parties of the UK 34th Division.

It was stormed by the 23rd Division on the 7th July, and some men of the Northumberland Fusiliers taken four days earlier were released; but it was lost the same afternoon.

It was not finally captured until the 8th and 9th Yorkshire Regiment cleared it on the 10th.

When the Australians arrived in the sector and commenced their attack on Pozieres, Contalmaison was a key location through which many ot hte troops transitted.

However, the village was lost again in March, 1918 during he German Spring Offensive known as 'Operation Michael', and recaptured by the 38th (Welsh) Division on the evening of the following 24th August.

The underground fortifications made by the enemy before 1916 played an important part in the defence of the village.

The cemetery was begun by fighting units on the evening of the 14th July, 1916, and used from September, 1916 to March, 1917 by Field Ambulances. A few burials were made in Plot I, Rows B and C, in August and September, 1918. Graves were added after the Armistice by concentrations from the battlefields of the Somme and the Ancre. 18 German graves and one French were removed to other burial grounds. There are now nearly 300, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, over 40 are unidentified and a special memorial is erected to one soldier from Australia known to be buried among them. The cemetery covers an area of 1,349 square metres and is enclosed by a flint and rubble wall.

 

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Compiled by Steve Larkins July 2018

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Names

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RUDDLE, Charles Henry

Service number 231
Lieutenant
9th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1 Mar 1886

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DALTON, William James

Service number 644
Gunner
36th Heavy Artillery Group
AIF WW1
Born 24 Sep 1894

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STEER, Lindsay

Service number 2482B
Private
27th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 28 Feb 1894

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BURGES, Frederick William

Service number 5297
Lance Corporal
20th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born Sep 1897

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