VILLERS-FAUCON COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION

Country France
Region Somme
Total identified casualties 348 Find these records
Casualties from First World War
GPS Coordinates Latitude: 49.97995
Longitude: 3.09892

Location Information

Villers-Faucon is a large village in the Department of the Somme, about 17 kilometres north-east of Peronne. From the centre of the village take the D72 towards Lieramont. Turn right at a CWGC signpost opposite a parking area. The Cemetery is on the left hand side of the road and the Commonwealth War Graves Plot is on the north-west side of the cemetery.


History Information

Villers-Faucon was captured by the 5th Cavalry Division on 27 March 1917, lost on 22 March 1918, and retaken by the III Corps on 7 September 1918. The Commonwealth graves in the COMMUNAL CEMETERY are those of soldiers who died in February-August 1917, or (in the case of two who are buried in Row B) in September 1918. They were made by the cavalry, the 42nd (East Lancashire) Division, and other fighting troops. The communal cemetery contains 227 First World War burials, five of them unidentified, and 91 German graves. The adjoining EXTENSION was begun in April 1917 and used until March 1918. It was then used by the Germans, and Commonwealth burials were resumed in September and October 1918. Further Commonwealth graves were brought in after the Armistice from a wide area round Villers-Faucon. The extension contains 459 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War. 144 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to six casualties believed to be buried among them. The extension also contains 66 German graves, 33 being unidentified. The Commonwealth plots were designed by Sir Herbert Baker.

NEARBY CWGC CEMETERIES & Memorials

VILLERS-FAUCON COMMUNAL CEMETERY

Location: France, Somme

Number of casualties: 318

STE. EMILIE VALLEY CEMETERY, VILLERS-FAUCON

Location: France, Somme

Number of casualties: 523

SAULCOURT CHURCHYARD EXTENSION, GUYENCOURT-SAULCOURT

Location: France, Somme

Number of casualties: 110