Three Rutlanders lie is by side in this cemetery, so named because of the nearby wood which was used as a sanctuary for exhausted troops in November 1914. There were originally three cemeteries established in this area but were obliterated in subsequent fighting. The present cemetery was formed from the nucleus of one of them and greatly expanded after the war when burials were brought in from surrounding areas. Sanctuary Wood Cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

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6 images Some pictures of the Cemetery, taken 14 December 2014
By John Stokes on Sunday 14th December '14 at 7:13pm
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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