BAPAUME POST MILITARY CEMETERY, ALBERT
- Country France
- Total identified casualties 229 Find these casualties
- Region Somme
- Casualties from First World War
- GPS Coordinates Latitude: 50.01182, Longitude: 2.67388
The town of Albert is in the Department of the Somme. Bapaume Post Military Cemetery is about 2 Kms north-east of the town on the right-hand side of the main road, D929, to Bapaume.
Wheelchair access is possible with some difficulty. For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our enquiries dept. on 01628 634221.
Bapaume Post Military Cemetery lies on the west side of "Tara Hill," and south-west of "Usna Hill," and at times it was called by those names. In June 1916, the front line crossed the Bapaume road between the site of this cemetery and the village of La Boisselle. The attack on La Boisselle on 1 July was not successful, and several days passed before the village was taken. The cemetery was begun almost at once by the divisions engaged in this sector and 152 graves in Plot I, Rows B to I, were made before the end of January 1917, when the cemetery was closed. On 26 March 1918, the cemetery, with the town of Albert, fell into German hands, but it was recovered towards the end of August. After the Armistice, graves from the battlefields east and west of the cemetery were brought in, including many of the 34th (Tyneside) Division, which attacked along the Bapaume road on 1 July 1916, and some of the 38th (Welsh) Division, which recaptured Usna Hill on 23 August 1918. The cemetery now contains 410 burials and commemorations of the First World War. 181 of the burials are unidentified, but there are special memorials to three casualties believed to be buried among them. The cemetery was designed by Charles Holden.