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Cemetery Details

Location Contalmaison, Hauts de France - Picardie, France
Co‑ordinates N50.03215, E2.73155
Description

Contalmaison is a small village to the SW of Pozieres towards the River Somme.  It is in 'dead ground'  (ie below the libe of sight) to Poziers  and for this and other reasons it was through hee that AIF soldies approached the front dueing Poziers and Mouquet Farm.   For that reason it was subject to harrassing artillery fire on a frequent basis.  Protection from such fire was greatest in the 'sunken roads' that border many paddocks.

The Sunken Road Cemetery was made in July-October 1916, during the middle fighting in the Somme offensive. There are now over 200, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, a small number are unidentified and three Australian graves, which cannot be located, are represented by special memorials. The graves of two German soldiers, buried by the enemy at the end of March 1918, have been removed. The cemetery covers an area of 1,106 square metres, without the access road and is enclosed by a low red brick wall.

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HUTTON, William Richard

Service number 557
Sergeant
23rd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1

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MORGAN, Vernon Barrett

Service number 870
Private
27th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 8 Mar 1890

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DONOVAN, Richard Joseph

Service number 4023
Private
3rd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1

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BERRY, Francis Forbes

Service number 1977
Private
48th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 27 Jan 1884

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READ, Stanley Ted

Service number 4913
Private
46th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born Sep 1897

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TOLHURST, George Patrick Power

Service number 1994
Private
27th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 6 Sep 1897

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MCKENNA, Walter William

Service number 4665
Private
48th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1893

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O'REILLY, Myles

Service number 2090
Private
32nd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1893

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