Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery, Manancourt

Cemetery Details

Location Chaussee Brunehaut, Rocquigny, Pas-de-Calais - Hauts-de-France, France
Co‑ordinates N50.04405, E2.99008

Location Information
Rocquigny and Equancourt are two villages in the Department of the Somme, some 13 kilometres north of Peronne and 12 kilometres south-east of Bapaume. Rocquigny and Equancourt are approximately 8 kilometres apart and the Rocquigny-Equancourt British Cemetery lies about halfway between the two villages on the north side of the road just west of the crossing road from Etricourt to Ytres.

History Information
Etricourt was occupied by Commonwealth troops at the beginning of April 1917 during the German withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line. It was lost on the 23 March 1918 when the Germans advanced, but regained at the beginning of September. The cemetery was begun in 1917 and used until March 1918, mainly by the 21st and 48th Casualty Clearing Stations posted at Ytres, and to a small extent by the Germans, who knew it as "Etricourt Old English Cemetery". Burials were resumed by Commonwealth troops in September 1918 and the 3rd Canadian and 18th Casualty Clearing Stations buried in it in October and November 1918. The cemetery contains 1,838 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War. 21 of the burials are unidentified and nine Commonwealth graves made by the Germans which cannot now be found are represented by special memorials. The cemetery also contains 198 German war burials and the graves of ten French civilians. The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.



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HALES, Harold Clive

Service number 2826
2nd Tunnelling Company (inc. 5th Tunnelling Company)
Born 27 Dec 1894

BERRY, Wilfred

Service number 5280
2nd Tunnelling Company (inc. 5th Tunnelling Company)
Born Sep 1887

PIKE, Edward

Service number 4A
50th Infantry Battalion
Born Feb 1881

MARKWELL, Aubrey Charles Halliday

Service number 3433
49th Infantry Battalion
Born 4 Oct 1886

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