The cemetery and memorial were designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, assisted by George Hartley Goldsmith. Goldsmith was born in 1886 and was appointed Assistant Architect to the Commission in 1919. He worked on many cemeteries in France and Belgium with Lutyens.

Villers-Bretennoux Military Cemetery 

A Stone of Remembrance is at the entrance to the cemetery. The memorial has a tower at its centre and a Cross of Sacrifice. The tower is surrounded by walls and panels with the names of the missing. The names are engraved on the memorial in order of battalion, then alphabetically under rank. The main inscription is in both French and English on either side of the entrance to the tower.

Architects and Designers

Sir Edwin Lutyens, George Hartley Goldsmith

Edwin Lutynes

Sir Edwin Lutyens

The distinguished British architect was born in 1869. He was commissioned by the Imperial War Graves Commission to design many of the cemeteries and memorials of the First World War. Many consider his work for the Commission his greatest. It was Lutyens, along with Sir Reginald Blomfield and Sir Herbert Baker, who first went to visit the temporary burial places in Northern France and Belgium to decide how to proceed with the design of the cemeteries.

George Hartley Goldsmith

The architect was born in 1886. He was the Assistant Draughtsman to Sir Edwin Lutyens from 1907 to 1910 and was appointed Assistant Architect in 1919. He designed 67 cemeteries including the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery in France. He also designed the La Ferté-sous-Jouarre Memorial in France.