RIBEMONT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION

Ribemont

Somme

France

 

General Directions: Ribemont is in the Department of the Somme, about 8 kilometres south-west of Albert. The Communal Cemetery is a little north of the village, on the west side of the road to Baizieux; and the Extension is on the south-west side of the Communal Cemetery.

This sector of the front was taken over by the Commonwealth forces in the early summer of 1915, when Mericourt-Ribemont Station, on the railway line from Amiens to Albert, became a railhead. However, it was not until the German advance at the end of March 1918 that the first burials were made at Ribemont, initially in the communal cemetery itself. The extension was begun in May and used until August 1918, when 68 burials were carried out by units engaged in the defence of Amiens. It was greatly enlarged after the Armistice when graves were brought in from other cemeteries and from the battlefields of 1918 east of Ribemont. In 1929, the burials in the communal cemetery were also moved into the extension.

The extension was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens & George Hartley Goldsmith

Shot at Dawn: 541 Trooper A. Butler, Royal Canadian Dragoons, executed for murder 02/07/1916, plot 4. M. 5.

Shot at Dawn: 67440 Driver T. G. Hamilton, 72nd Battery, 38th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, executed  for striking a senior officer 03/10/1916. Plot 3. K. 5.

Shot at Dawn: 64987 Driver J. Mullany, 72nd Battery, 38th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, executed for striking a senior officer, 03/10/1916. Plot 3. K. 4.

Shot at Dawn: 5/1791 Private J. Cameron, 1st/5th Bn. Northumberland Fusiliers, executed for desertion 04/12/1916. Plot 2. A. 7.

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.

Casualty Details: UK 294, Canada 4, Australia 197, South Africa 2, India 1, Total Burials: 498

 

 

 

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