ALBERT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION
General Directions: Albert is a town 28 kilometres north-east of Amiens. The Communal Cemetery is on the south-east side of Albert and at the junction of the roads to Peronne (D938) and Bray sur Somme (D329), and the extension is entirely enclosed by it. The main entrance to the cemetery is on the Peronne road.
Albert was held by French forces against the German advance on the Somme in September, 1914. It passed into British hands in the summer of 1915; and the first fighting in July, 1916, is known as the Battle of Albert, 1916. It was captured by the Germans on the 26th April, 1918, and before its recapture by the 8th East Surreys on the following 22nd August (in the Battle of Albert, 1918,) it had been completely destroyed by artillery fire. The town was later "adopted" by the City of Birmingham. The Extension was used by fighting units and Field Ambulances from August, 1915 to November, 1916, and more particularly in and after September, 1916, when Field Ambulances were concentrated at Albert. From November, 1916, the 5th Casualty Clearing Station used it for two months. From March, 1917, it was not used (except for four burials in March, 1918) until the end of August, 1918, when Plot II was made by the 18th Division. During the 1939-45 War the extension was used again, when the French moved into it British casualties from isolated graves in and around Albert.
Shot at Dawn: 3057 Private H. Palmer, 1st/5th Bn. Northumberland Fusiliers, executed for desertion on 27/10/1916. Plot I. P. 65.
Shot at Dawn: 89173 Pioneer E. Beeby, 212th Company, Royal Engineers, executed for desertion on 09/12/1916. Plot I. R. 43.
The mass pardon of 306 British Empire soldiers executed for certain offences during the Great War was enacted in section 359 of the Armed Forces Act 2006, which came into effect on royal assent on 8 November 2006.
Casualty Details: UK 618, Canada 202, Australia 39, India 3, Total Burials: 862
The cemetery in the early 1920's (Courtesy of Aileen Robson)
Richard James Day
2nd Bn. Canadian Infantry, (Eastern Ontario Regt.)
09/09/1916, aged 47.
A married man with 7 children, with the youngest (my Dad) only being 3 years old when his father was killed.
We will forever treasure all efforts these brave men gave for the freedoms we enjoy.
Image courtesy of Margaret Klonowski, granddaughter of this soldier
Peter Butson Smith
13th Bn. Durham Light Infantry
20/07/1916, aged 37.
Son of Thomas Smith and Mary Smith (nee Dodds) of Spennymoor, County Durham. Husband of Ellen Smith.
Plot I. J. 16.
Born 31st January 1879 to Thomas and Mary Smith ( formerly Dodds ).
Married to Ellen Smith on December 24th 1912. Father of only daughter Victoria Alexandra.
Like his father he was a coal miner
You Will live forever dearest grandfather in my thoughts and prayers
Pictures courtesy of granddaughter Mrs Victoria Alexandra Morris
Plan of the cemetery
Cemetery plan courtesy of Barry Cuttell