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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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SMITH, Philip Claude

Service number 177
Private
53rd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1 Jan 1886

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ELLIS, Alexander Joseph

Service number 289A
Private
32nd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1894

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MCKELLAR, Peter

Service number 4949
Private
58th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 27 Oct 1884

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SWEENEY, Daniel Bernard

Service number 1279
Lance Corporal
26th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 7 Oct 1883

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THOMSON, David Cameron

Service number 5079
Private
32nd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 24 Dec 1884

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TANDY, Robert William

Service number 1424
Private
50th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 7 Jul 1888

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HUGHES, Roger Forrest

Service number OFFICER
Captain
1st Field Ambulance
AIF WW1
Born 6 May 1896

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HARVEY, Hector

Service number 1526
Private
14th Field Artillery Brigade
AIF WW1
Born 1887

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