Achiet-le-Grand was occupied by the 7th Bedfords on 17 March 1917, lost on 25 March 1918 after a defence by the 1st/6th Manchesters, and recaptured on 23 August 1918. From April 1917 to March 1918, the village was occupied by the 45th and 49th Casualty Clearing Stations. Achiet Station was an Allied railhead. The communal cemetery and extension were used by Commonwealth medical units from April 1917 to March 1918. The extension was also used by the Germans to a small extent in March and April 1918, and again by Commonwealth troops in August 1918. After the Armistice 16 smaller burial grounds nearby were cleared and the graves moved to here. The Extension was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. Edward Hunt from Caldecott lies in plot I, row N, grave 9.

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4 images Visited Achiet Le Grand in order to pay my respects at my Great Grandfather's Grave. It turns out that he is buried only 5 graves away from Gunner Edward Hunt of Caldecott. I am attaching a photograph of Gunner Hunt's headstone which was captured on 28 Aug 2018, along with Cross of Sacrifice and Entryway to the Graveyard. Delighted to be able to make this contribution as we live close to Caldecott and have many connections with Rutland.
By Jennywren on Monday 5th November '18 at 8:39pm

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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