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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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SALES, Henry Tasman

Service number 8419
Private
6th Field Ambulance
AIF WW1
Born 30 Jan 1889

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BRIMAGE, Harry

Service number 5
Sergeant
32nd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1890

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ASHTON, Alfred

Service number 4972
Private
34th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 3 Aug 1898

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MARA, Robert Spencer

Service number 553
Private
3rd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 27 Sep 1883

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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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FRERICHS, Frank Frederick

Service number 5461
Private
10th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 8 Jan 1897

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CAMPBELL, Harrison McDowell

Service number 282
Lieutenant
27th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1891

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BOOTH, Stephen Joseph

Service number 3011
Sergeant
1st Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 13 May 1892

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