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Cemetery Details

Location Rouen, Departement de la Seine-Maritime - Haute-Normandie, France
Co‑ordinates N49.41035, E1.06698
Description

Location Information
St Sever Cemetery and St. Sever Cemetery Extension are located within a large communal cemetery situated on the eastern edge of the southern Rouen suburbs of Le Grand Quevilly and Le Petit Quevilly. If approaching Rouen from the north, head for the centre of town and cross over the river Seine, following signs for Caen. Follow this route until you get to the 'Rond Point des Bruyeres' roundabout (next to the football stadium), then take the first exit into the Boulevard Stanislas Girardin. The cemetery is 150 metres down this road on the left. If approaching Rouen from the south, follow the N138 (Avenue des Canadiens) towards the centre of town. At the 'Rond Point des Bruyeres' roundabout (next to the football stadium), take the fourth exit into the Boulevard Stanislas Girardin. The cemetery is 150 metres down this road on the left. If arriving on foot, the easiest option is to take the N°7 bus, which runs from Rouges Terres in the north of the city, through the centre (several stops, including the Hôtel de Ville), to Zénith Park Expo in the south. From the city centre, take the bus for Zénith Park Expo, alighting at the Rond-point des Bruyères (sports stadia). From the roundabout, walk WNW into Boulevard Stanislas Girardin. The cemetery entrance is 150 metres down this road on the left.

History Information
During the First World War, Commonwealth camps and hospitals were stationed on the southern outskirts of Rouen. A base supply depot and the 3rd Echelon of General Headquarters were also established in the city. Almost all of the hospitals at Rouen remained there for practically the whole of the war. They included eight general, five stationary, one British Red Cross and one labour hospital, and No. 2 Convalescent Depot. A number of the dead from these hospitals were buried in other cemeteries, but the great majority were taken to the city cemetery of St. Sever. In September 1916, it was found necessary to begin an extension, where the last burial took place in April 1920. During the Second World War, Rouen was again a hospital centre and the extension was used once more for the burial of Commonwealth servicemen, many of whom died as prisoners of war during the German occupation. The cemetery extension contains 8,348 Commonwealth burials of the First World War (ten of them unidentified) and in Block "S" there are 328 from the Second World War (18 of them unidentified). There are also 8 Foreign National burials here. The extension was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.

A link to the CWGC site is St Sever Extension, Rouen (www.cwgc.org)

 

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SORENSEN, Adrian Kirsgaard Viggo

Service number 1637
Sergeant
11th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 9 Dec 1879

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MILDRUM, Bertie

Service number 5731
Private
10th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 10 Jun 1889

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RUSSELL, Roy Leslie

Service number 2425
Private
5th Pioneer Battalion
AIF WW1

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SEXTON, James Walter

Service number 174
Major
1st Field Artillery Brigade
AIF WW1
Born 11 Apr 1881

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FARRELL, William John

Service number 2639
Private
29th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1896

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RILEY, Walter Henry

Service number 5232
Corporal
Born 1876

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MORRIS, Walter Randolph

Service number 6085
Private
19th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 5 Jan 1876

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BRANSON, Charles Henry

Service number 661
Private
41st Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born Jun 1890

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