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. After the Armistice, more than 1,100 graves were brought in from the neighbouring battlefields and from smaller cemeteries. As well as the graves of two Rutland soldiers, Flatiron Copse also has the grave of a VC, Corporal Edward Dwyer, for actions in April 1915 at Hill 60 in Belgium. The cemetery was designed by Sir Herbert Baker.

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A picture from my trip today
By John Stokes on Sunday 10th September '17 at 7:03pm
A Rutlander, living in Belgium
A picture from my trip today
By John Stokes on Sunday 10th September '17 at 7:04pm
A Rutlander, living in Belgium

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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