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Cemetery Details

Location La Couturelle, Mericourt-l'Abbe, Somme - Hauts-de-France, France
Co‑ordinates N49.940197, E2.542028
Description

Location Information
Mericourt-l'Abbe is a village approximately 19 kilometres north-east of Amiens and 10 kilometres south-west of Albert. Heilly Station Cemetery is about 2 kilometres south-west of Mericourt-l'Abbe, on the south side of the road to Corbie.

History Information
The 36th Casualty Clearing Station was at Heilly from April 1916. It was joined in May by the 38th, and in July by the 2/2nd London, but these hospitals had all moved on by early June 1917. The cemetery was begun in May 1916 and was used by the three medical units until April 1917. From March to May 1918, it was used by Australian units, and in the early autumn for further hospital burials when the 20th Casualty Clearing Station was there briefly in August and September 1918. The last burial was made in May 1919. There are now 2,890 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in this cemetery. Only 12 of the burials are unidentified and special memorials are erected to 21 casualties whose graves in the cemetery could not be exactly located. The cemetery also contains 83 German graves. The burials in this cemetery were carried out under extreme pressure and many of the graves are either too close together to be marked individually, or they contain multiple burials. Some headstones carry as many as three sets of casualty details, and in these cases, regimental badges have had to be omitted. Instead, these badges, 117 in all, have been carved on a cloister wall on the north side of the cemetery. The cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

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NASH, Nicholas Frank

Service number 2369
Lance Corporal
42nd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1894

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BIRNIE, Frederick Reginald

Service number 3261
Lance Corporal
12th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 22 Dec 1897

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HOPKINS, Alfred John

Service number 6869
Driver
15th Field Ambulance
AIF WW1
Born 27 Feb 1895

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O'NEILL, John Patrick

Service number 1812
Lance Corporal
13th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1896

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YEATES, Joseph Arthur

Service number 3670
Private
2nd Pioneer Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 16 Jan 1893

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ANTHONY, Norman John

Service number 4672
Private
25th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 4 Nov 1893

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HOWELL-PRICE, Owen Glendower

Service number OFFICER
Lieutenant Colonel
3rd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 23 Feb 1890

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SMIRTHWAITE, George Howatt

Service number 134
Corporal
15th Field Company Engineers
AIF WW1
Born 15 Apr 1888

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