The cemetery is constructed over the former Schwaben Redoubt, a German strongpoint during the Battle of the Somme, which is why some of the headstones lie flat. Mill Road Cemetery was made during the spring of 1917, when the German withdrawal to the Hindenburg line allowed the battlefield to be cleared. At the Armistice, it contained 260 burials, but was then greatly enlarged when graves were brought in from the battlefields of Beaumont-Hamel and Thiepval and from smaller cemeteries in the area. The cemetery was designed by Sir Herbert Baker.

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Playing Flowers of the Forest at Mill Road
By Jimbo on Saturday 26th July '14 at 8:55pm
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By John Stokes on Sunday 10th September '17 at 6:59pm
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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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