Ribemont Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme

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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POPE, Reuben

Service number 2720
Private
50th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 8 Oct 1891

KENNEWELL, Oliver Orison

Service number 4827
Private
26th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1 Nov 1896

STEPHENSON, Allan

Service number 342
Private
50th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1

DUNNE, James Richard

Service number 2160
Private
21st Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1

MURCHISON, Ninian Joseph

Service number 1980
Lieutenant
49th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1

HOLLAND, Walter Percival

Service number 5592
Lieutenant
25th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1

ZIMMER, William Herman

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

BAENSCH, Herbert Ernest

Service number 519
Lieutenant
58th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 28 Dec 1888

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