The 2nd South Lancashires and the 1st Wiltshires (rearguard units of the 7th Brigade, 3rd Division) were attacked at Solesmes on the evening of 25 August 1914, as the British Expeditionary Force retreated from Mons. On 19-21 October 1918, the 62nd (West Riding) Division, followed by the 61st (South Midland) Division, captured and cleared the town after severe fighting in the streets. Solesmes British Cemetery was begun by the 4th and 34th Casualty Clearing Stations in November 1918 and used by them until March 1919.  The cemetery contains 138 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, and two war graves of other nationalties.  The cemetery was designed by W H Cowlishaw.

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The cemetery is on a steep hill side, accessed by steep steps. There a destroyed German grave in the cemetery, together with the graves of Chinese and Indian soldiers. The grave of Mr Astley is located fairly close to the Great Cross
By John Stokes on Sunday 2nd November '14 at 9:54pm
A Rutlander, living in Belgium
3 images A few more pictures of the cemetery
By John Stokes on Wednesday 12th November '14 at 12:20pm
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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