BOUZINCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION

Bouzincourt

Somme

France

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A typical Field Ambulance base

Bouzincourt is a village 3 kilometres north-west of Albert on the road to Doullens (D938). The Communal Cemetery is on the northern side of the village and is signposted on the main road (D938) through the village.

Bouzincourt was used as a field ambulance station from early in 1916 to February 1917, when the Allied line went forward from the Ancre. It was in German hands for a few days in the spring of 1918.

BOUZINCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY was used for burials from March to July 1916 and again from April to June 1918; it contains 33 Commonwealth burials of the First World War.

The adjoining CEMETERY EXTENSION was begun in May 1916 and used until February 1917. In the early part of July 1916, it was used not only for burials from the field ambulances but also for the interment of many soldiers killed in action and brought back from the line. The extension was reopened from the end of March 1918 until the following September and used largely by the 38th (Welsh) Division. In 1919, 20 graves were brought into Plot II, Row A from the immediate neighbourhood of Bouzincourt and 108 more were brought into Plots I, III and IV in 1924-25 from the various Somme battlefields and from the following Churchyard:-

FRAMERVILLE CHURCHYARD contained the graves of two Australian soldiers who fell in August, 1918. (The village was captured by the 2nd Australian Division on the 9th August.) They were at the South end of the Churchyard, which was later closed to burials and made into a public square.

The extension now contains 589 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War. 108 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to casualties known or believed to be buried among them.

The extension was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.

Casualty Details: UK 570, Canada 7, Australia 9, New Zealand 1, South Africa 1, Germany 2. Total Burials: 591

     
 

 

 

 

 

Shot at Dawn: 2676 Private Arthur Grove Earp, 1st/5th Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment, executed 22/07/1916 for quitting his post, Brother of Mr. G. Earp, of Providence Terrace, Friston St., Ladywood, Birmingham.Plot I. C. 25.

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.

 

114 Private

Robert William Dodds

23rd Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

05/08/1916, aged 23.

Son of Robert and Esther Dodds, of 87, Gladstone St., Melbourne, Australia.

Plot I. E. 10.

A labourer prior to enlistment, Pte Dodds embarked with A Company from Melbourne on HMAT Euripides on 10th May 1915. On 5th August 1916 he died of wounds received in action and was buried in Bouzincourt Communal Cemetery Extension, France.

On 9th August 1916 he was recommended for the Military Medal for 'good and gallant conduct in connection with the recent hard fighting at Pozieres', however this award was never confirmed. His brother 2344 Pte James Dodds, 7th Battalion, was killed in action on 18th August 1916.

 

 

 

 

 

3829 Sergeant

Robert Stewart Fouracre

22nd Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

14/08/1918, aged 29.

Son of John and Jane Fouracre. Native of Morrison, Victoria, Australia.

Plot IV. A. 6.

 

A surveyor's assistant from Morrissons, Victoria, Pte Fouracre enlisted on 16 July 1915 and embarked on HMAT Warilda (A69), 9 February 1916. Pte Fouracre was promoted to Corporal on 24 May 1917, then to Sergeant on 13 May 1918. Sgt Fouracre was killed in action in France on 14 August 1918, age 29.