MAREUIL-CAUBERT (MAREUIL) COMMUNAL CEMETERY

 

 

Somme

 

 

France

 

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Pictures courtesy of Barry Cuttell and Johan Pauwels

 

Location Information

Mareuil-Caubert is a village 6 kilometres south of Abbeville along the D3. The cemetery is situated in the old commune of Mareuil, which forms part of the joint commune of Mareuil-Caubert. The communal cemetery in Caubert does not contain British graves.


Historical Information


On the 31st May 1940 the 51st (Highland) Division was ordered up to the Somme and held a line some 26 kilometres in length. On June 4th the Division, with some tanks, artillery and infantry of the French Tenth Army which came under the orders of the Divsion's commander carried out an attack on Abbeville, strongly held by the enemy. The attack failed, owing to the difficulty of arranging effective co-operation between British and French infantry, guns and tanks at such short notice, and the 51st Division suffered fairly heavy casualties. The next day, June 5th, the Germans launched a powerful offensive against the whole Somme front from St. Quentin to the sea.

The 51st Division, by this time exhausted after twelve days of continual movement and battle, and without re-inforcements, fought bravely but was forced back 24 kilometres to the line of the river Bresle, again with considerable losses. The great majority of the British dead buried in Mareuil-Caubert Communal Cemetery lost their lives in these actions.

There are now over 100, 1939-45 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, two-thirds are unidentified.

 

2818474 Private

James Alexander Simpson

2nd Bn. Seaforth Highlanders

04/06/1940, aged 25.

Son of Alexander and Elsie Ellen Simpson, of Elgin, Morayshire.

Plot 1. C. 4.

 

Picture courtesy of great nephew Eric Simpson

 

 

Burial Details

 

Seaforth Highlanders 25

 

Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders 9

 

Royal Australian Air Force 3

 

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 2

 

Royal Armoured Corps 2

 

Total Commonwealth War Burials 41

 

French Burials 24

 

Unknown Burials circa 40

 

Total Burials 105

 

 

Information above provided by Barry Cuttell