Artillery Wood, just east of the Yser canal, was captured by the Guards Division in July 1917. They began the cemetery just north of the wood and it continued as a front line cemetery until March 1918. At the time of the Armistice, it contained 141 graves but it was enlarged when burials were moved here from scattered graves and smaller cemeteries in the area. Two famous poets lie buried here, Francis Ledwidge from Ireland and Hedd Wyn from Wales. Both died on the same day.

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6 images Some pictures of the Cemetery, taken 13 December 2014
By John Stokes on Saturday 13th December '14 at 8:09pm
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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