Jo’s-Monday-Walk-Wk27_Serre-Rd_No-2_Cemetery-Pt2

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Jo’s Monday Walk

Week-26

Serre Road Cemetery No-2

 Part 2

If you wish to read the first Serre Road Cemetery post click here.

I have deliberately left this first image…

at the top of my post as it contains much of the information,

and more, about Serre Road Cemetery No.2.

 

Serre Road Cemetery is now the resting place

of over 7,100 serviceman…

of which nearly 5,000 are unidentified…

 

and have inscribed on their headstone

A Soldier of The Great War

with Rudyard Kipling’s line

Known Unto God

where the family inscription should be,

at the base.

These headstones appear discoloured,

This occurred because the sun ‘beat’ me

and overexposed the image.

The only way to read the text was to darken the image.

You may have noticed that the headstones on previous image,

above and below are closer together

than the rest of the graves.

This layout indicates that all these soldiers died on the same day.

If you did not notice, the two dark headstones

are the resting of place of soldiers who died

on July, 1, 1916.

 

Many of those buried here were gathered from

makeshift cemeteries during an armistice

and during 1917 when the British V Corps

began clearing the area and recovering the dead,

many of whom served in the 2nd and 4th divisions

and saw action between

Serre and Beaumont-Hammel

and the nearby Quadrilateral.

 

After many Somme Cemeteries had closed,

Serre Road No. 2 continued to expand

with the last burials being made in 1934.

Due to the concentration of burials in Serre Road,

soldiers from Australia, Canada, New Zealand

and South Africa were interred here.

Serre Road Cemetery no. 2 is the largest cemetery

on the Somme, and the fourth largest

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

cemetery in France.

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3 thoughts on “Jo’s-Monday-Walk-Wk27_Serre-Rd_No-2_Cemetery-Pt2

  1. Pingback: Jo’s Monday walk : Illuminating Lagoa | restlessjo

    • I cannot get over how well cared for these cemeteries are after 100 years. And the fact that Hitler actually put guards around memorials in order to protect them from damage. At least that’s what we were told. Reading: MY first read about World War I was titled ‘The First Casualty’ by Ben Elton. It is a romance, of sorts, set in WW I, but all these years alter I can still remember passages describing bodies sinking into the mud under the weight of advancing troops. No wonder the French are still finding bodies to this day.

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