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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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SALTER, John Edward

Service number 2795
Sergeant
7th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1893

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GRANDISON, George Gladstone

Service number 1713
Sergeant
27th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 19 Jan 1892

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ROACH, Eric Mervyn

Service number 437
Lieutenant
1st Machine Gun Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 24 Mar 1891

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MORROW, Charles

Service number 919
Lance Corporal
41st Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1889

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CHADWICK, Thomas Walter

Service number 757B
Lance Corporal
20th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1898

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AUCHTERLONIE, Cecil Arthur

Service number 1030
Lieutenant
25th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 21 Jan 1896

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BISHOP, Frederick James

Service number 1897
Sergeant
32nd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 11 Mar 1894

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THOMAS, Frederick Walter

Service number 3171
Private
14th Light Trench Mortar Battery
AIF WW1
Born 10 Aug 1898

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