RAILWAY HOLLOW CEMETERY, HEBUTERNE
|Region||Pas de Calais|
|Total identified casualties||63 Find these records|
|Casualties from||First World War|
Please be aware that during rainy periods, this cemetery can be inaccessible to visitors due to flooding. To avoid disappointment, please make note of recent weather conditions before visiting.
We have been informed that some visitors have experienced unpleasant and intimidating behaviour from a local resident when visiting this site. The authorities are aware of this situation. Should you choose to visit this cemetery, please strictly abide by the following:
- Only park in front of CWGC Serre Road Nr. 1 cemetery and not on verges, tracks of farm storage areas.
- Do not enter private property (for example, by walking on adjoining land).
- Take your litter home.
- Respect the tranquillity of the area.
- Do not use metal detectors or remove any artefacts (please note that you can only use metal detectors to find historical artefacts with authorization by the area prefecture).
Should you encounter any problems when visiting this cemetery, we recommend you leave at once and file a formal complaint by:
- contacting the local police (Gendarmerie) at Beaumetz-lès-Loges, tel +33 3 21 55 22 17 or
- e-mailing the town hall of Serre-les-Puisieux at email@example.com, or
- making 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 firstname.lastname@example.org who will then forward it to the local authorities.
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.
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.
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.