RAILWAY HOLLOW CEMETERY, HEBUTERNE

Country France
Region Pas de Calais
Total identified casualties 63 Find these records
Casualties from First World War

We have been informed that some visitors have experienced intimidating behaviour from a local resident when visiting this site. Please do not park on verges or cut across the fields which are private land or block any of the tracks. Should you encounter any problems, we recommend you leave at once and file a formal complaint: contact the local police (Gendarmerie) at Beaumetz-lès-Loges, tel +33 3 21 55 22 17, e-mail the town hall of Serre-les-Puisieux at ville.puisieux@wanadoo.fr, or make a statement at your local police station and send a copy to the British Embassy, 35 rue du Faubourg St-Honoré, 75383 Paris Cedex 08 or via email bds.commemorations@fco.gov.uk who will then forward it to the local authorities.

Location Information

Hebuterne is a village in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais. Using the D919 from Arras to Amiens you will drive through the villages of Bucquoy and Puisieux and then Serre-les-Puisieux (approximately 20 kilometres south of Arras). On leaving Serre-les-Puisieux, 600 metres further along the D919 there is a right hand turn onto a small lane which will take you directly to Railway Hollow Cemetery. It must, however, be emphasised that this lane is not suitable for cars and buses.


Visiting Information

The location or design of this site makes wheelchair access impossible. For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our Enquiries Section on 01628 507200.

History Information

Hebuterne village remained in Allied hands from March 1915 to the Armistice, although during the German advances of the summer of 1918, it was practically on the front line. Railway Hollow Cemetery is in the British support line of July 1916, about 1,100 metres west of Serre and 200 metres west of the plantation called "Mark Copse." It was made by the V Corps (as V Corps Cemetery No.3) when the Somme battlefields were cleared in 1917, and contains the graves of soldiers of the 3rd, 19th and 31st Divisions who died on 1 July and 13 November 1916, and 5 February 1917. The cemetery contains 107 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, 44 of which are unidentified. There are also two French war graves. The cemetery was designed by W C Von Berg.

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