In pre-First World War days, Fermoy had a sizeable British army garrison and this is the cemetery that served the military community. Today it appears unloved and rarely visited. Many of the graves are in a state of disrepair and the old headstones are largely unreadable. During the First World War there were 22 burials but individual graves are not marked. Instead the names are listed on a Screen Wall maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Among them is Bertie Smith from North Luffenham who died from drowning along with a fellow soldier.

The cemetery is reached by driving up New Barrack Road and into the grounds of the local football club. You first need to walk through an old local cemetery which contains victims of the famine of 1846-1847 before reaching the gate of the military cemetery.

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Rutland and The Battle of the Somme

More than 90 Rutland soldiers died in the Battle of the Somme which lasted from 1 July 1916 until the middle of November. Today they lie in cemeteries across the old battlefield in northern France or are remembered among the 72,000 names on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. By using our interactive map, you can find out what happened to them.

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