Lebucquiere village was captured on 19 March 1917 following the German withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line. It was recaptured by the Germans on 23 March 1918 and held by them until 3 September 1918.The communal cemetery extension was begun on 24 March 1917 and was used by the 1st Australian Division and other units for over a year. After the reoccupation of the village in September 1918 it was used again for a fortnight. At the Armistice, the cemetery contained 150 burials but it was then greatly enlarged when graves were brought in from the surrounding battlefields. The cemetery, designed by Sir Herbert Baker, now contains 774 burials and commemorations of the First World War.

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5 images Some pictures of the Cemetery, taken 21 March 2015.
By John Stokes on Tuesday 24th March '15 at 9:21pm
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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