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Cemetery Details

Location Ribemont, Ribemont-sur-Ancre - Department of the Somme, France
Co‑ordinates N49.9655664, E2.5608526
Description

 

Ribemont is in the Department of the Somme, about 8 kilometres south-west of Albert. The Communal Cemetery is a little north of the village, on the west side of the road to Baizieux; and the Extension is on the south-west side of the Communal Cemetery.

 

This sector of the front was taken over by the Commonwealth forces in the early summer of 1915, when Mericourt-Ribemont Station, on the railway line from Amiens to Albert, became a railhead. However, it was not until the German advance at the end of March 1918 that the first burials were made at Ribemont, initially in the communal cemetery itself. The extension was begun in May and used until August 1918, when 68 burials were carried out by units engaged in the defence of Amiens. It was greatly enlarged after the Armistice when graves were brought in from the battlefields of 1918 east of Ribemont and from other cemeteries, including:- 

HEILLY BRITISH CEMETERY No.2 (so called in relation to Heilly Station Cemetery), which was in the grounds of Heilly Chateau. It was made by units in April-August 1918, and it contained the graves of 79 soldiers from Australia and 24 from the United Kingdom. 

HENENCOURT WOOD CEMETERY, was about 800 metres West of Henencourt, in the Wood. It was used by units and Field Ambulances from June 1916 to August 1918, and it contained the graves of 71 soldiers from the United Kingdom, 34 from Australia, one from Canada, one from South Africa, and one of an unknown unit. 

HENENCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY contained one British grave and one Australian, and the Extension 26 British and nine Australian, all of 1918. 

POINT 106 BRITISH CEMETERY, BRESLE, nearly 1.6 kilometres North-West of Bresle village, contained 25 graves of March-May 1918, 24 Australian and one British. 

In 1929, the burials in the communal cemetery were also moved into the extension. 

The extension now contains 498 burials and commemorations of the First World War. 36 of the burials are unidentified and there are special memorials to two soldiers whose graves in the communal cemetery could not be found, and to 16 buried in other concentrated cemeteries whose graves were destroyed in later battles. 

The extension was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

 

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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PATERSON, William Henry

Service number 4831
Sergeant
53rd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born Jan 1895

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KENNEDY, Thomas Henry

Service number 322
Lieutenant
38th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1883

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TATTERSON, John Forrest

Service number 2121
Gunner
10th Field Artillery Brigade
AIF WW1
Born Apr 1887

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ZIMMER, William Herman

Service number 3256
Lance Corporal
57th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1896

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GANE, George Tannatt

Service number 2897
Lance Corporal
53rd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 15 Sep 1895

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CAESAROWICZ, Ivan Feodroff

Service number 3385
Lance Corporal
50th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 18 Jan 1884

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GAVENS, George

Service number 4695
Sergeant
24th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1

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DAWES, Gladstone

Service number 4178
Private
58th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 9 Oct 1898

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