Heath Cemetery, Picardie

Cemetery Details

Location 1 Le Bois Du Sart, 80131 D 1029 Roman Road Amiens - St Quentin, Morcourt, Picardie - Departement de la Somme, France
Co‑ordinates N49.8729502, E2.6717125
Description

Address:  1 Le Bois Du Sart, 80131, Morcourt, France.
(This cemetery is often stated as situated in Harbonnieres; its actual location is halfway between the two towns on the D1029. 

Heath Cemetery, so called from the wide expanse of open country on which it stands, was made after the Armistice, on the East side of a French Military Cemetery (now removed).

The earliest date of death is in September, 1915, the latest in October, 1918; the majority fell in March (German Spring Offensive) or August (the Allies "One Hundred Days" offensive), in 1918.

There are now 1,860 Commonwealth servicemen of WWI (1914-18) buried or commemorated in this cemetery.

Of these, nearly 400 are unidentified and special memorials are erected to 24 Australian soldiers and two from the United Kingdom, known or believed to be buried among them.

Other special memorials record the names of 19 soldiers from the United Kingdom and two from Australia, buried in other cemeteries, whose graves could not be found.
Certain graves in Plots VIII and X, identified as a whole but not individually, are marked by headstones bearing the additional words: "Buried near this spot".

Two Australian VC winners are buried here

Victoria Cross2742 Private Robert Matthew Beatham, VC, (/explore/people/219086)
                           8th Bn. Australian Infantry, killed in action, 11/08/1918, aged 24.
                           Plot VII. J. 13.
Son of Elizabeth Beatham, of Glassonby, Kirkoswald, Cumberland, England, and the late John Beatham.

Victoria Cross: Lieutenant Alfred Edward Gaby, VC (/explore/people/52224)
                           28th Bn. Australian Infantry, killed in action 11/08/1918, aged 26
                           Plot V. E. 14.
Son of Alfred Athelstane Gaby and Adelaide Gaby. Born at Scottsdale, Tasmania.

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.   28/10/2014.  Lest we forget.

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Names

Showing 8 people of interest from cemetery

CHEADLE, George

Service number 2732
Private
3rd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 2 Jul 1897

POLE, Thomas Frederick

Service number 2418
Sergeant
2nd Light Trench Mortar Battery
AIF WW1
Born Aug 1892

BAKER, Henry Squire

Service number 1903
Private
10th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 3 Sep 1881

BURRIN, David James

Service number 1115
Lieutenant
1st Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1896

BLACK, Mathew David

Service number 3
Second Lieutenant
11th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 4 Jul 1888

ALEXANDER, Hubert De Vere

Service number 1502
Second Corporal
4th Field Company Engineers
AIF WW1
Born 19 Apr 1887

NUTTALL, Claude Milton Rich

Service number 2198
Corporal
23rd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 3 Jul 1895

SCOULLER, Leslie Alexander

Service number 2778
Lance Corporal
8th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 28 Jan 1893

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