Bucquoy Road Cemetery stands on a busy main road, closer in fact to Arras than to the small town of Bucquoy on the Somme. In November 1916, the village of Ficheux was behind the German front line, but by April 1917, the German withdrawal had taken the line considerably east of the village and in April and May, the VII Corps Main Dressing Station was posted near for the Battles of Arras. It was followed by the 20th and 43rd Casualty Clearing Stations, which remained at Boisleux-au-Mont until March 1918, and continued to use the Bucquoy Road Cemetery begun by the field ambulances. From early April to early August 1918 the cemetery was not used but in September and October, the 22nd, 30th and 33rd Casualty Clearing Stations came to Boisleux-au-Mont and extended it. After the Armistice the cemetery was extended again as smaller burial grounds and cemeteries in the area were consolidated into one. The cemetery now contains 1,901 burials and commemorations of the First World War. The cemetery was used again in May 1940 for the burial of troops killed during the German advance. The cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.  Harry Southwell from Uppingham lies in Plot IV, Row G, Grave 30.

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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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