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Cemetery Details

Location Peronne, Picardie - Somme, France
Co‑ordinates N49.9356952, E2.9345546
Description

 

Peronne was taken by the German on 24 September 1914. On 18 March 1917, the 40th and 48th Divisions captured the town in the follow up of he German withdrawal, but it was recovered by the Germans on the 23rd March 1918 in their Spring Offensive. It changed hands for the last time on 1 September 1918, when it was taken by the 2nd Australian Division 

Peronne was behind German lines for much of the war.  Dominated by the heights of Mont St Quentin, it sat on a strategic position on a major bend in the River Somme.  It was a critical point in the German's Hindenburg Line defensive line.  It became the focus of the Australian Corps under General Monash in what began as a meeting engagement in late August when they approached on the south side of the Somme, before going into a deliberate attack mounted from the north side of the river.

The heights were taken on 2 September, by the Second Division.  The 5th Division crossed the river and entered the town. 


There are now 1,595 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in the extension. 224 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to seven casualties known or believed to be buried among them, and ten buried in other cemeteries whose graves could not be found. The extension also contains five Second World War burials. There are 97 German war graves, 68 being unidentified.

The adjoining communal cemetery contains the grave of one airman of the First World War, killed in August 1914.

The extension was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission link here (www.cwgc.org)

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Names

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KEENIHAN, Herbert John Joseph

Service number 4463
Private
27th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 2 Mar 1891

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STAAF, Gustaf William Oscar

Service number 5413
Lance Corporal
21st Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1891

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WHITNEY, William Alfred

Service number 6915
Private
24th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1882

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BRODZIAK, Cedric Errol Meyer

Service number OFFICER
Major
3rd Machine Gun Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1 Jul 1891

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CASS, Charles Bouchier

Service number 934
Private
43rd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 4 Feb 1889

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SPARGO, Frederick Sydney

Service number 4857
Private
43rd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 20 Dec 1884

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MCDONALD, Thomas James Stewart

Service number 22528
Sergeant
Medium Trench Mortar Batteries
AIF WW1
Born 7 Feb 1892

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GRANGER, Edgar David

Service number 2413
Private
55th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1893

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