Gailly was the site of the 39th and 13th Casualty Clearing Stations during the early part of 1917, and of the 41st Stationary Hospital from May 1917 to March 1918. The villages were then captured by the Germans, but were retaken by the Australian Corps in August 1918. Cerisy-Gailly Military Cemetery was begun in February 1917 and used by medical units until March 1918. After the recapture of the village it was used by Australian units. The cemetery was increased after the Armistice when graves were brought in from the battlefields of the Somme. The cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

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By John Stokes on Sunday 30th November '14 at 8:58pm
A Rutlander, living in Belgium
Poet, Wilfred Owen was evacuated to the Casualty Clearing Station at Gaily twice. After recovering and eventually returning to England, he wrote a poem referencing his time here : Hospital BargeBudging the sluggard ripples of the Somme,A barge round old CĂ©risy slowly slewed.Softly her engines down the current screwed,And chuckled softly with contented hum,Till fairy tinklings struck their croonings dumb.The waters rumpling at the stern subdued;The lock-gate took her bulging amplitude;Gently from out the gurgling lock she swum.One reading by that calm bank shaded eyesTo watch her lessening westward quietly.Then, as she neared the bend, her funnel screamed.And that long lamentation made him wiseHow unto Avalon, in agony,Kings passed in the dark barge, which Merlin dreamed. Wilfred Owen
By John Stokes on Thursday 27th April '17 at 8:07pm
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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