General Directions: Gordon Dump Cemetery is 2 kilometres north-east of Albert, on the right hand side of D929 Albert-Bapaume. At Y junction (102nd Infantry Brigade Memorial) nearby the Routiers restaurant, turn right onto D20 and follow through Ovillers/La Boisselle. After 2 kilometres the Cemetery is signposted onto a 300 metre grass track.

On 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, the 8th Division attacked Ovillers and the 34th Division La Boisselle. The villages were not captured, but ground was won between them and to the south of La Boisselle. On 4 July, the 19th (Western) Division cleared La Boisselle and on 7 July the 12th (Eastern) and 25th Divisions gained part of Ovillers, the village being cleared by the 48th (South Midland) Division on 17 July. The two villages were lost during the German advance in March 1918, but they were retaken on the following 24 August by the 38th (Welsh) Division. Plot I of the Cemetery was made by fighting units after 10 July 1916 and closed in September when it contained the graves of 95 soldiers, mainly Australian. It was called variously Gordon (or Gordon's) Dump Cemetery or Sausage Valley Cemetery, from the name given to the broad, shallow valley that runs down from it to Becourt.

The remainder of the cemetery was formed after the Armistice when graves were brought in from the 1916 battlefields immediately surrounding the cemetery. There are now 1,676 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 1,053 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to 34 casualties known or believed to be buried among them.

The cemetery was designed by Sir Herbert Baker.

Victoria Cross:

Second Lieutenant Donald Simpson Bell, VC, 9th Bn. Yorkshire Regiment, killed in action 10/07/1916, plot IV. A. 8. Former professional football player. Son of Smith and Annie Bell, of Western Flats, Queen's Rd., Harrogate; husband of Rhoda Bell, of Wilmslow, Cheshire.

Citation: An extract from "The London Gazette," No. 29740, dated 8th Sept., 1916, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery. During an attack a very heavy enfilade fire was opened on the attacking company by a hostile machine gun. 2nd Lt. Bell immediately, and on his own initiative, crept up a communication trench and then, followed by Corpl. Colwill and Pte. Batey, rushed across the open under very heavy fire and attacked the machine gun, shooting the firer with his revolver, and destroying gun and personnel with bombs. This very brave act saved many lives and ensured the success of the attack. Five days later this very gallant officer lost his life performing a very similar act of bravery.

Donald Bell is shown here in the Green and White hoops of Bradford (Park Avenue), his playing record is shown below



April 16th, 1913, WOLVES, Won 5-1, English Division 2.


October 18th, 1913, FULHAM, Won 1-0, English Division 2.
October 25th, 1913, NOTTS. COUNTY, Won 3-2, English Division 2.                         
November 1st, 1913, LEICESTER FOSSE, Won 3-2, English Division 2.
November 8th, 1913, WOLVES, Lost 0-1, English Division 2.


Casualty Details: UK 1582, Canada 2, Australia 91, India 1, Total Burials: 1676


c 1919. The isolated graves, each marked with a cross, of 52 Private (Pte) Arthur Joseph Stanley Clarke of Wattle Flat, SA, and 2186 Pte Thomas Joseph Lawrance (Lawrence), of Adelaide, SA, both of the 27th Battalion. Pte Clarke killed in action (KIA) at Pozieres on 29 July 1916 (Roll of Honour shows 30 July 1916). Pte Lawrence an alias for Thomas Joseph Nepean, was KIA on 1 August 1916. Both are buried at the Gordon Dump Military Cemetery, Ovillers La Boisselle, France. This image is one of a set of photographs of the original graves of some members of the 27th Battalion. The Battalion funded the purchase of the camera through its adjutant Captain (Capt) Southon for 5541 Pte G R Barrington to photograph the graves. The camera and negatives were then acquired by Major John L Treloar on behalf of the Australian War Museum, reimbursing costs for the camera to Capt Southon.




c 1919. The isolated graves of 43 Private (Pte) Thomas William Chalklen and 174 Corporal (Cpl) Robert Vincent Payne, both of the 27th Battalion. Pte Chalklen, a driver from Port Augusta, SA prior to enlistment and Cpl Payne, a telephone mechanic from Richmond, SA prior to enlistment both embarked with A Company from Adelaide on HMAT Geelong on 31 May 1915. On 30 July 1916 Pte Chalklen was killed in action in France aged 20. On the same day, Cpl Payne, aged 22, was also killed in action. Following the Armistice, their remains were exhumed and re-interred in the Gordon Dump Cemetery, Ovillers-La-Boiselle, France.



An Australian horse-drawn ambulance moves down Sausage Valley as it takes wounded men from the forward area to a casualty clearing station. On the left a transport wagon moves up to the forward area with supplies. Note the muddy, rutted state of the track.



16949 Private

Albert George Tuck

"C" Coy. 8th Bn. Somerset Light Infantry

01/07/1916, aged 21.

Son of George and Eliza Tuck, of "The Hill," Bathford, Bath.

Plot VII. B. 2.



Arthur Hatt Beach, MC.

"A" Coy. 8th Bn. Somerset Light Infantry

01/07/1916, aged 27.

Son of Sir Harry Hatt and Lady Hatt, of Sunnycroft, Bloomfield Park, Bath.

Plot II. M. 4.

15428 Lance Corporal

Fred Gee

8th Bn. Somerset Light Infantry


Plot III. P. 8.


Employed at Walsall Railway Station for 14 years prior to enlisting, he was married and his home was in Algernon Street, Walsall.




Second Lieutenant

George Russell Money

4th Bn. Middlesex Regiment


Plot IV. L. (not specified)



John Alfred Benjamin

9th Bn. Duke of Wellington's

(West Riding Regiment)

05/07/1916, aged 24.

Son of Alfred and Rosetta Benjamin, of 4, Vale Court, Maida Vale, London.

Plot III. G. 6.

Second Lieutenant

J. M. Hunter

6th Bn. Wiltshire Regiment

02/07/1916, aged 31.

Son of the late Rev. John Hunter, D.D. Believed to be buried in -

Plot X. C. 2.


 L. D. Head

9th Bn. King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

01/07/1916, aged 28.

on of Percy T. and Louisa A. Head, of "The Gables," Staines, Middx.; husband of Annette Marris (formerly Head), of "Lucerne," Slinfold. Horsham, Sussex. Native of Eastbourne.

Plot X. A. 6.

2471 Private

Leslie James Andrews

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

03/08/1916, aged 23.

Son of James Thomas and Jane Andrews, of 6, Park Rd., St. Peters, Sydney, New South Wales.

Plot I. A. 42.


3/2658 Private

T. Moore

9th Bn. King's Own

Yorkshire Light Infantry


Plot IX. A. 7.

14900 Private

P. C. Houghland

9th Bn. King's Own

Yorkshire Light Infantry


Plot IV. Q. 10.

6357 Private

Frederick Silverwood

Australian Army Service Corps


Plot I. A. 40.

955 Gunner

Albert Roy Tempany

103rd Howitzer Bty. 3rd A.F.A. Bde.

Australian Field Artillery

08/08/1916, aged 18.

Son of Henry and Sophia Jane Tempany, of 139, Barkly St., Brunswick East, Victoria, Australia.

Plot IX. T. 9.


1812 Private

Alfred Ernest Grindrod

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


Son of John and Ada Grindrod, of "Kyogle," Wollongong Rd., Arncliffe, New South Wales. Native of Sydney, New South Wales.

Plot X. S. 11.


208 Corporal

Charles Edwin Dent

19th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

30/07/1916, aged 43.

Son of Louisa and the late Thomas Dent; husband of Margaret Dent, of 238, Bourke St., Darlinghurst, New South Wales. Native of Tasmania.

Plot I. B. 19.

2551 Lance Corporal

Charles James Anderson

1st Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

Between 22/07/1916 and 25/07/1916, aged 25.

Son of James and Margaret Anderson, of 18, Woodburn Rd., Lidcombe, New South Wales. Native of Aberdeen, Scotland.

Plot I. B. 43.

2191 Private

Dennis Turner

19th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

30/07/1916, aged 35.

Husband of Mary Ann Turner, of 4, Colonel Braund Crescent, Daceyville, Sydney, New South Wales. Native of Park, Sheffield, England.

Plot I. B. 26.


Gunner 5516

Dominick Joseph Maher

1st Bde. Australian Field Artillery

26/07/1916, aged 25.

Son of John and Mary Maher. Native of Tamworth, New South Wales.

Plot V. E. 6.


2116 Private

Ernest John Armistead

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

Between 27/07/1916 and 04/08/1916, aged 24.

Son of Harriet Elizabeth Armistead and the late John Armistead. Native of Boonah, Victoria, Australia.

Plot I. B. 5.

6721 Sergeant

Ernest Ralph Smith, MM.

4th Bde. Australian Field Artillery

26/08/1916, aged 22.

Son of Arthur and Elizabeth Eleanor Smith, of "Stroud," Surrey Rd., Blackburn, Victoria, Australia. Native of Victoria, Australia.

Plot I. A. 10.

2672 Private

George Bruce Fletcher Hunt

17th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

02/08/1916, aged 19.

Son of Alfred Edgar and Sarah Ruth Hunt, of "Robel," Ranger's Avenue, Mosman, New South Wales. Native of Dandaloo, New South Wales.

Plot I. B. 1.


2235 Private

Gordon Geoffrey Steenson

4th Australian Pioneers

31/07/1916, aged 20.Son of Kate Ada Pettitt (formerly Steenson), of Moorbank, Liverpool, New South Wales, and the late John Steenson.

Plot I. B. 10.

3152 Private

James Stanley Jacobs

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

29/07/1916, aged 19.

Son of John and Elizabeth Jacobs, of Carrathool, New South Wales. Native of Hay, New South Wales.

Plot I. B. 18.

5100 Private

John Tudor Griffiths

9th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.


Son of John Frederick and Catherine Jane Griffiths, of Free Trade Hall, High St., Rhyl, North Wales.

Plot I. B. 40.

3469 Private

William Frederick Joseph Barker

17th Bn, Australian Infantry, A. I. F.


Plot I. B. 21.


1959 Private

Harry Moritz Kuhlmorgen

18th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

25/07/1916, aged 21.

Son of Alice Kuhlmorgen, of Newport, Manly, New South Wales, and the late Carl John Tekell

Plot IX. E. 3.


Studio portrait of 1959 Private (Pte) Harry Moritz 'Pat' Kuhlmorgen, 3rd Reinforcements, 18th Battalion, of Newport via Manly, NSW. Pte Kuhlmorgen enlisted on 3 May 1915 and embarked from Sydney aboard HMAT Runic on 9 August 1915. He saw service at Gallipoli Peninsula when he was taken on strength on 17 October 1915. On 25 March 1916 he was sent to France and killed in action on 25 July 1916, aged 21 years.


Picture courtesy of Dale Wegener



Troops gather around field kitchens and dug-outs in 'Sausage Valley', 26 May 1917.



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