FLATIRON COPSE CEMETERY

Mametz

Somme

France

Home |About Us | Links | Contact | Submit to the Site | Site Map

 

Flatiron Copse Cemetery is on the right hand side of D929, Amiens-Albert-Bapaume, 10 kilometres east of Albert. From Albert take the right turn at Y junction (102nd Infantry Brigade Memorial). It is located in the D20 just south-west of Bazentin-le-Petit. From the D929 turn south (signposted Bazentin) and on reaching the D20 T-junction turn right: the cemetery is green-signposted immediately.

Flatiron Copse was the name given by the army to a small plantation a little to the east of Mametz Wood.

The ground was taken by the 3rd and 7th Divisions on 14 July 1916 and an advanced dressing station was established at the copse. The cemetery was begun later that month and it remained in use until April 1917. Two further burials were made in August 1918 and after the Armistice, more than 1,100 graves were brought in from the neighbouring battlefields and
from smaller cemeteries, including:-

CATERPILLAR CEMETERY, MONTAUBAN, in "Caterpillar Wood". It contained the graves of 21 soldiers from the United Kingdom who fell in July 1916, and of whom 12 belonged to the 6th and 7th Gordons.

CROSS ROADS CEMETERY, BAZENTIN, near the cross-roads at the North end of Bazentin-le-Grand. Here were buried 15 soldiers from the United Kingdom and four from New Zealand, who fell in 1916-1917.

MAMETZ WOOD CEMETERY, outside the Western edge of Mametz Wood, in which 18 soldiers from the United Kingdom were buried in 1916.

QUADRANGLE CEMETERY, BAZENTIN, between Bottom Wood and Mametz Wood, named from a small rectangular copse. Here were buried, in 1916, 32 soldiers from the United Kingdom and three from Australia, of whom 22 were artillerymen.

VALLEY CEMETERY, MONTAUBAN, between the Briqueterie and Maltzhorn Farm, in which 72 soldiers from the United Kingdom were buried in August and September, 1916.

VILLA WOOD CEMETERIES No.1 and No.2, CONTALMAISON, near a small copse North of Mametz Wood. They contained the graves of 62 soldiers from the United Kingdom who fell in 1916.

Almost all the concentrated graves are those of men who died in the summer and autumn of 1916.

There are now 1,572 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 420 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to 36 casualties known or believed to be buried among them, and nine buried in Mametz Wood Cemetery whose graves were destroyed by shell fire.

The cemetery was designed by
Sir Herbert Baker.

Casualty Details: UK 1520, Australia 17, New Zealand 30, South Africa 1, Total Burials: 1568

 

 

Victoria Cross: 10523 Corporal, Edward Dwyer, VC. Cross of St. George (Russia) 1st Bn. East Surrey Regiment, 03/09/1916, aged 20. Plot III. J. 3.

Citation: An extract from the "London Gazette," dated 21st May, 1915, records the following:-"For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty at "Hill 60" on the 20th April, 1915. When his trench was heavily attacked by German grenade throwers he climbed on to the parapet, and, although subjected to a hail of bombs at close quarters, succeeded in dispersing the enemy by the effective use of his hand grenades. Private Dwyer displayed great gallantry earlier on this day in leaving his trench, under heavy shell fire, to bandage his wounded comrades.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5964 Private

Alexander Russell

12th Bn. Highland Light Infantry

13/09/1916

Resided at Chapelhall, enlisted at Holytown, Lanarkshire.

Plot IV. J. 3.

 

Picture courtesy of Joe O'Raw

 

 

 

 

 

6950 Gunner

Thomas Joseph Greenan

22nd Bde. Australian Field Artillery

31/07/1916, aged 25.

Son of Peter and Ellen Greenan, of 12, Loretto Terrace, Springfield Rd., Belfast, Ireland.

Plot VII. G. 5.

Born in Omagh, Ireland, but living in Melbourne, he enlisted on 3 July 1915 and was killed in action on 31 July 1916 at Mametz, France.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

542 Driver

Leonard Alexander Rial

1st Div. Amm. Col. Australian Field Artillery

22/07/1916, aged 23.

Son of George Horatio and Edith Rial, of 51, Auburn Rd., Auburn, Victoria, Australia. Born at Albury, New South Wales.

Plot X. K. 2.

 

A clerk with the Dalgety Company, he enlisted on 24 August 1914 and embarked from Sydney aboard HMAT Argyllshire on 18 October 1914. He was killed in action 22 July 1916 at Pozieres in France and is buried at Flatiron Copse Cemetery, Mametz. Two of his family members also served with the AIF. They were, his brother, 105 Corporal Owen Campbell Rial, 37th Battalion, who died of wounds on 27 February 1917 at Armentieres, France; and his cousin, 6198 Lance Corporal Ronald James Rial, 19th Battalion, who was killed in action on 6 October 1917, at Passchendaele Ridge, Belgium.

 

 

 

 

The graves of the Hardwidge brothers, Harry and Thomas, both killed on 11th July 1916 and buried side by side.

Plot VIII. F. 5 & 6

The graves of the Philby brothers, Ernest and Herbert, both killed on 21st August 1916 and now buried side by side.

Plot I. D. 35 & 36

 

 

 

 

 

Captain

Albert Baswitz, M.C.

1st/22nd Bn. London Regiment

16/09/1916, aged 24.

Twice Mentioned in Despatches. Son of Mr. H. Baswitz, of 40, Tamworth St., Fulham, London.

Plot I. E. 13.

 

 

 

Second Lieutenant

Arthur Percival Sargeant

9th Bn. Leicestershire Regiment

14/07/1916, aged 20.

Son of Mrs. Edith Sargeant, of 34, Brandwood Rd., King's Heath, Birmingham.

Plot XI. B. 3.

 

The graves of the Tregaskis brothers, Arthur and Leonard, both killed on  7th July 1916 and now buried side by side.

Plot VI. G. 1 & 2

 

 

Number of Burials by Unit

Royal Field Artillery
173
  Welsh Regiment
70
Middlesex Regiment
38
  Northumberland Fusiliers
36
Gordon Highlanders
33
  South Wales Borderers
33
Machine Gun Corps
32
  Royal Scots - Lothian Regiment
32
Royal Welsh Fusiliers
32
  Royal Engineers
31
Highland Light Infantry
29
  King's Royal Rifle Corps
28
Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
27
  New Zealand Burials
27
Durham Light Infantry
27
  Leicestershire Regiment
25
Rifle Brigade
24
  Royal Army Medical Corps
24
King's Liverpool Regiment
23
  Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
21
West Yorkshire Regiment
21
  Black Watch
19
Australian Burials
18
  1st/24th Bn. London Regiment - The Queen's
17
Green Howards - Yorkshire Regiment
17
  Gloucestershire Regiment
14
Cameronians - Scottish Rifles
13
  Royal Garrison Artillery
13
Royal Scots Fusiliers
13
  Royal Warwickshire Regiment
13
Cameron Highlanders
12
  Manchester Regiment
12
Devonshire Regiment
11
  Royal Fusiliers - City of London Regiment
11
King's Own Scottish Borderers
10
  Cheshire Regiment
9
Royal Munster Fusiliers
9
  East Surrey Regiment
8
East Yorkshire Regiment
8
  York & Lancaster Regiment
8
North Staffordshire Regiment
7
  Northamptonshire Regiment
7
Royal Berkshire Regiment
7
  Seaforth Highlanders
7
Border Regiment
5
  East Lancashire Regiment
5
King's Shropshire Light Infantry
5
  Royal Sussex Regiment
5
Suffolk Regiment
5
  18th Bn. London Regiment - London Irish Rifles
4
1st/22nd Bn. London Regiment - The Queen's
4
  King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment
4
Lancashire Fusiliers
4
  Royal Irish Fusiliers
4
Notts. & Derbyshire Regiment
4
  South Staffordshire Regiment
4
Wiltshire Regiment
4
  12th Bn. London Regiment - Rangers
3
Queen's - Royal West Surrey Regiment
3
  Royal Irish Regiment
3
South Lancashire Regiment
3
  Canadian Burials
2
14th Bn. London Regiment - London Scottish
2
  15th Bn. London Regiment - Civil Service Rifles
2
17th Bn. London Regiment - Poplar & Stepney Rifles
2
  21st Bn. London Regiment - First Surrey Rifles
2
23rd Bn. London Regiment
2
  6th Bn. London Regiment - Rifles
2
6th Dragoon Guards
2
  Essex Regiment
2
King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
2
  North Irish Horse
2
Royal Army Ordnance Corps
2
  10th Bn. London Regiment
1
3rd Hussars
1
  Artists Rifles
1
Buffs - East Kent Regiment
1
  Dorsetshire Regiment
1
Duke of Wellington's - West Riding Regiment
1
  Irish Guards
1
Lincolnshire Regiment
1
  Norfolk Regiment
1
Royal Horse Artillery
1
  Somerset Light Infantry
1
South African Burials
1
  Worcestershire Regiment
1
Identified burials
1155
     
Unidentified burials
416
     
Total Number of burials
1571
   Breakdown courtesy of Barry Cuttell