This is one of the prettiest cemeteries on the Somme.  Tucked on the edge of the village it is situated on a gentle slope leading down to the river.  The village of Authuile is now spelt Authuille but the CWGC has chosen to retain the cemetery's original name. The village was held by British troops from the summer of 1915 to March 1918, when it was captured in the German Offensive on the Somme. It was ruined by shell fire even before that date. The Military Cemetery was used by Field Ambulances and fighting units from August, 1915 to December, 1916, and in 1917 and 1918 by Indian Labour Companies. William Favell of Oakham School lies in row F, grave 4.

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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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