ABBEVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY AND EXTENSION
Communal Cemetery Plot
The town of Abbeville is on the main road from Paris to Boulogne
(N1), about 80 kilometres south of Boulogne. The communal cemetery and
communal cemetery extension are located on the left hand side of the road
when leaving the town in a north-east direction for Drucat.
For much of the First World War, Abbeville was headquarters of the
Commonwealth lines of communication and No.3 BRCS, No.5 and No.2 Stationary
Hospitals were stationed there variously from October 1914 to January 1920.
The communal cemetery was used for burials from November 1914 to September
1916, the earliest being made among the French military graves. The
extension was begun in September 1916.
The following pictures are of the Communal Plots
Victoria Cross: 3026 Lance Corporal, Leonard James Keyworth, VC, 1st/24th Bn. London Regiment, 19/10/1915 aged 22. Communal Cemetery plot III. C. 2. Medal of St. George (2nd Class) of Russia. Son of James and Emma Keyworth, of Lincoln.
An extract from the "London Gazette," dated 2nd July, 1915, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery at Givenchy on the night of 25-26th May, 1915. After the assault on the German position by the 24th Battalion, London Regt, efforts were made by that Unit to follow up their success by a bomb attack, during the progress of which 58 men out of a total 75 became casualties. During this very fierce encounter Lance-Cpl Keyworth stood fully exposed for 2 hours on the top of the enemy's parapet, and threw about 150 bombs amongst the Germans, who were only a few yards away."
Casualty Details: (Communal) UK 739, Canada 9, Australia 13, New Zealand 1, South Africa 10, India 2, Total Burials: 774
(Extension) UK 1376, Canada 109, Australia 226, New Zealand 33, South Africa 8, India 2, Total Burials: 1754
The following two pictures are of the Extension
61 Sqd. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
25/06/1944, aged 21.
Plot 6. F. 11.
Son of Andrew B. Macfie and Frances Macfie, of Glasgow.
"Remembered with Honour"
By his niece Betty McClennan (nee Macfie)
Plan of the cemetery
Cemetery plan courtesy of Barry Cuttell