ALBERT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION

Albert

Somme

France

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6000 Private

William Greenwood

111th Coy. Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)

13/07/1916, aged 25.

Son of Charles and Mary Greenwood, of 7, Church Square, Worsthorne, Burnley.

Plot I. I. 9.

 

General Directions: Albert is a town 28 kilometres north-east of Amiens. The Communal Cemetery is on the south-east side of Albert and at the junction of the roads to Peronne (D938) and Bray sur Somme (D329), and the extension is entirely enclosed by it. The main entrance to the cemetery is on the Peronne road.

Albert was held by French forces against the German advance on the Somme in September 1914. It passed into British hands in the summer of 1915; and the first fighting in July 1916, is known as the Battle of Albert, 1916. It was captured by the Germans on the 26th April 1918, and before its recapture by the 8th East Surreys on the following 22nd August (in the Battle of Albert, 1918,) it had been completely destroyed by artillery fire.

The Extension was used by fighting units and Field Ambulances from August 1915 to November 1916, and more particularly in and after September 1916, when Field Ambulances were concentrated at Albert. From November 1916, the 5th Casualty Clearing Station used it for two months. From March 1917, it was not used (except for four burials in March, 1918) until the end of August 1918, when Plot II was made by the 18th Division.

During the Second World War the extension was used again, when the French moved into it British casualties from isolated graves in and around Albert.

There are now 862 First World War and 25 Second World War casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, 12 First World War casualties and 8 Second World War casualties are unidentified. Five graves, destroyed by shellfire, are now represented by special memorials. Two soldiers known to be among the casualties buried here, but whose graves could not be identified, are commemorated by special memorials, inscribed, "Known to be buried in this cemetery".

This cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

Casualty Details: UK 618, Canada 202, Australia 39, India 3, Total Burials: 862

 

Shot at Dawn: 3057 Private Henry Palmer, 1st/5th Bn. Northumberland Fusiliers, executed for desertion on 27/10/1916. Plot I. P. 65. Son of Mrs. Phyllis Palmer, of 171, Station Road, Wallsend.

Shot at Dawn:  89173 Pioneer Ernest Beeby, 212th Company, Royal Engineers, executed for desertion on 09/12/1916. Plot I. R. 43.

The mass pardon of 306 British Empire soldiers executed for certain offences during the Great War was enacted in section 359 of the Armed Forces Act 2006, which came into effect on royal assent on 8 November 2006.

 

 

Plan courtesy of Barry Cuttell

 

 

3060 Private

William Ross Devlin

47th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

01/09/1916

Plot I. N. 48.

 

Captain

Hermann Fritz Hubbe

1st Australian Pioneers

23/07/1916

Son of Samuel Guan Hubbe, and Edith Agnes Hubbe. Born at Adelaide, South Australia.

Plot I. K. 28.

 

 

 

Ruins of Albert Cathedral, September 1916

© IWM (Q 1475)

 

The cemetery, believed to be in the early 1920's (Courtesy of Aileen Robson)

 

c.1920. Grave of 3498 Private Gomer Maslin James, 19th Bn. Australian Infantry. A. I. F. 30/08/1916, aged 18. Son of Mrs. Catherine James. Born at Fremantle, West Australia.

Plot I. M. 4.

 

 

 

11273 Serjeant

Peter Butson Smith

13th Bn. Durham Light Infantry

20/07/1916, aged 37.

Son of Thomas Smith and Mary Smith (nee Dodds) of Spennymoor, County Durham. Husband of Ellen Smith.

Plot I. J. 16.

 

Born 31st January 1879 to Thomas and Mary Smith ( formerly Dodds ).

Married to Ellen Smith on December 24th 1912. Father of only daughter Victoria Alexandra.

Like his father he was a coal miner

You Will live forever dearest grandfather in my thoughts and prayers

-Victoria Alexandra

Pictures courtesy of granddaughter Mrs Victoria Alexandra Morris

 

Signpost at Albert showing way to Pozieres and Bapaume. September 1916. (The latter was then still in German hands).

© IWM (Q 4113)

 

18-pounder shell dump; Albert, September 1916.

© IWM (Q 1206)

 

 

454221 Private

Richard James Day

2nd Bn. Canadian Infantry, (Eastern Ontario Regt.)

09/09/1916, aged 47.

A married man with 7 children, with the youngest (my Dad) only being 3 years old when his father was killed.

We will forever treasure all efforts these brave men gave for the freedoms we enjoy.

Image courtesy of Margaret Klonowski, granddaughter of this soldier

5047 Sapper

William Curtis Balch

1st Field Coy.

Canadian Engineers

07/09/1916, aged 24.

Plot I. J. 3.

 

Born in Caterham, Surrey, England on 14th May, 1892, William was son of James Balch and Sarah Mountain Balch. He emigrated to Canada in 1909 where he settled with the rest of his family in London, Ontario, but never married.

 

Picture courtesy of Mary Kienapple (William C. Balch was my paternal grandfather’s brother).
London, Canada

 

 

2284 Lance Corporal

Keith Taylor Luscombe, MID.

20th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

27/07/1916, aged 20.

Son of Robert S. T. and Mary E. Luscombe, of Tavistock, Seven Hills, New South Wales. Born at Cassilis. His brother Broughton Taylor Luscombe also fell.

Plot I. K. 9.

 

 

A soldier of the London Irish Rifles on daylight patrol in Albert firing a telescopic rifle to silence a sniper.

© IWM (Q 6902)