Sunken Road Cemetery, Contalmaison

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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Showing 8 people of interest from cemetery

STARK, John

Service number 4311
Private
5th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1

LAW, Oswald Ross

Service number 1026
Lieutenant
48th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 13 Nov 1890

FOREMAN, George Thomas Raymond

Service number 3334
Private
48th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 9 May 1895

HUTTON, William Richard

Service number 557
Sergeant
23rd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1

MCKENNA, Walter William

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

EVANS, George Freeman

Service number OFFICER
Captain
48th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 28 Apr 1891

O'REILLY, Myles

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

MAYNARD, Frank

Service number 1153
Private
26th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1881

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