The Extension was used by fighting units and Field Ambulances from August 1915 to November 1916, and more particularly in and after September 1916, when Field Ambulances were concentrated at Albert. Although part of the rather ugly main town cemetery, it is very much worth exploring and contains a number of interesting graves. Some of those buried here died in tunnelling operations underneath the German lines. From November 1916, the 5th Casualty Clearing Station used it for two months. From March 1917, it was not used (except for four burials in March, 1918) until the end of August 1918. During the Second World War the extension was used again, when the French moved British casuallties from isolated graves in and around Albert. There are some graves of Second World War soldiers who died in Albert trying to stop the Germans in May 1940. The cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. John Snodin from Uppingham is in grave I.H.18.

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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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