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.
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Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery
The 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.
The memorial stands at the entrance to Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery in France. It commemorates nearly 35,000 soldiers of the British, South African and New Zealand forces.
The memorial commemorates more than 72,000 men of British and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 and have no known grave.