Dive Copse British Cemetery, Sailly-le-Sec Back to Search

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Cemetery Details

Location Le Bois Menet, Sailly-le-Sec, Somme - Hauts-de-France, France
Co‑ordinates N49.92918, E2.60489
Description

Location Information
Sailly-le-Sec is a village in the Department of the Somme, about 20 kilometres east of Amiens. The Cemetery is a little more than 1.5 kilometres north-east of Sailly church.

History Information
In June 1916, before the Somme offensive, the ground north of the cemetery was chosen for a concentration of field ambulances, which became the XIV Corps Main Dressing Station. Dive Copse was a small wood close by, under the Bray-Corbie road, named after the officer commanding this station. Plots I and II were filled with burials from these medical units between July and September 1916. In the spring of 1918, the cemetery was lost during the German advance; Plot III contains the graves of 77 men who died in August 1918 when it was retaken. This plot also contains graves brought in from scattered sites and small cemeteries in the neighbourhood, the most significant being:- ESSEX CEMETERY, Sailly-le-Sec, which was 900 metres further North, on the edge of the Bray-Corbie road. It was begun by the 10th Essex Regiment in August, 1918, and it contained the graves of 30 soldiers from the United Kingdom and three from Australia. Dive Copse Cemetery now contains 589 burials and commemorations of the First World War. 29 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to 10 casualties known to be buried among them.

The cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

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MUNRO, Norman Edgar Stuart

Service number 2973
Private
30th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1894

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MADDISON, Robert

Service number 7094
Private
18th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born Dec 1886

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SMITH, Ernest Cecil

Service number 4367
Private
32nd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 22 Sep 1893

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MIDGLEY, Frederick Leslie

Service number 756A
Private
18th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1

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KIRBY, John Francis

Service number 2508B
Private
27th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 24 Jul 1895

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SPENCER, Joseph George

Service number 443
Private
27th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1

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SAWYER, Ernest Richard

Service number 206
Driver
27th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 20 Feb 1882

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BOORER, John Benjamin

Service number 3067
Private
30th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 16 May 1896

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