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Cemetery Details

Location
Co‑ordinates N50.01913, E2.79884
Description

Longueval was the scene of furious fighting in 1916, lasting from 14 to 29 July, when the village was cleared by the 5th Division. It was lost in March 1918, and retaken by the 38th (Welsh) Division and the Carabineers on 28 August 1918.

The cemetery is situated just before the outskirts of Longueval, on the road from Bernafay Wood British Cemetery.

Longueval Road Cemetery, has Bernafay Wood away to the south, and the spire of Montauban Church visible among the trees on the horizon to the right.

The cemetery was begun in September 1915.  A dressing station known as "Longueval Alley", or "Longueval Water Point" was set up here and used for just a few months until the end of November.  The occasional burial was made in early 1917, and fifteen men were buried here in August & September 1918, as the war neared its end.

At the Armistice, the cemetery contained 171 graves… later increased to 222 when a number of individual graves from the Longueval area were reinterred here in 1923 & 1924.  

Forty eight men are unidentified, and there are special memorials near the Cross of Sacrifice to three men ‘known’ or ‘believed’ to be buried among them.

The wood you can see on the horizon away to the north west is the infamous High Wood.

Communication trenches once zig-zagged across these fields towards the front lines in Longueval village and Delville Wood in the distance, one of which, Longueval Alley, gave the cemetery one of its original names.

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  16/9/2016.  Lest we forget.

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NEEDHAM, Alfred Benjamin

Service number 92987
Born 15 Oct 1876

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DICKENS, Edward Joseph

Service number 1854
Private
5th Pioneer Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 21 Mar 1895

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CALLAGHAN, Stanley Owen James

Service number 4378
Private
18th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1

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