Country France
Region Somme
Total identified casualties 1547 Find these records
Casualties from First & Second World War

Rising from the road to a plateau overlooking Amiens, the Somme Valley and between the villages of Villers-Bretonneux and Fouilloy in France is Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery and the Australian National Memorial. Buried here are more than 2,100 servicemen of the First World War, of whom more than 600 remain unidentified. Also buried here are two New Zealand airmen from the Second World War.

Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery was made after the Armistice by bringing together graves from the surrounding battlefields and nearby burial grounds. Around two-thirds of those buried died in 1918, more than 400 in the Battle of Amiens.

key features

  • Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery in France was made after the Armistice when graves were brought in from other burial grounds and battlefields in the area
  • A new museum, the Sir John Monash Centre, is due to open in 2018
  • Within the cemetery stands the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, the Australian national memorial
  • The cemetery and the memorial were both designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens
  • Construction of the memorial began in 1936 and it was dedicated by King George VI on 22 July 1938
  • Every year on 25 April, an Anzac Day Dawn Service is conducted at the memorial

History

Around 3,800 of those named were killed during the Battle of the Somme in July and August 1916.

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Visit

The cemetery and memorial are open daily, however there may occasionally be some difficulties with access while the building work takes place.

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