Directions: Flatiron Copse Cemetery is on the right hand side
of D929, Amiens-Albert-Bapaume, 10 kilometres east of Albert. From Albert
take the right turn at Y junction (102nd Infantry Brigade Memorial). It is
located in the D20 just south-west of Bazentin-le-Petit. From the D929 turn
south (signposted Bazentin) and on reaching the D20 T-junction turn right:
the cemetery is green-signposted immediately.
Flatiron Copse was the name given by the army to a
small plantation a little to the east of Mametz Wood.
The ground was taken by the 3rd and 7th Divisions on 14 July 1916 and an
advanced dressing station was established at the copse. The cemetery was
begun later that month and it remained in use until April 1917. Two further
burials were made in August 1918 and after the Armistice, more than 1,100
graves were brought in from the neighbouring battlefields and
from smaller cemeteries, including:-
CATERPILLAR CEMETERY, MONTAUBAN, in "Caterpillar Wood". It contained the
graves of 21 soldiers from the United Kingdom who fell in July 1916, and of
whom 12 belonged to the 6th and 7th Gordons.
CROSS ROADS CEMETERY, BAZENTIN, near the cross-roads at the North end of
Bazentin-le-Grand. Here were buried 15 soldiers from the United Kingdom and
four from New Zealand, who fell in 1916-1917.
MAMETZ WOOD CEMETERY, outside the Western edge of Mametz Wood, in which 18
soldiers from the United Kingdom were buried in 1916.
QUADRANGLE CEMETERY, BAZENTIN, between Bottom Wood and Mametz Wood, named
from a small rectangular copse. Here were buried, in 1916, 32 soldiers from
the United Kingdom and three from Australia, of whom 22 were artillerymen.
VALLEY CEMETERY, MONTAUBAN, between the Briqueterie and Maltzhorn Farm, in
which 72 soldiers from the United Kingdom were buried in August and
VILLA WOOD CEMETERIES No.1 and No.2, CONTALMAISON, near a small copse North
of Mametz Wood. They contained the graves of 62 soldiers from the United
Kingdom who fell in 1916.
Almost all the concentrated graves are those of men who died in the summer
and autumn of 1916.
There are now 1,572 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or
commemorated in this cemetery. 420 of the burials are unidentified but there
are special memorials to 36 casualties known or believed to be buried among
them, and nine buried in Mametz Wood Cemetery whose graves were destroyed by
The cemetery was designed by
Sir Herbert Baker
Although the cemetery is accessible by car from the D20, it can be hazardous
in poor and inclement weather. Furthermore, it is not accessible by vehicle
from the Mametz memorial, nor should it be attempted to continue from the
cemetery towards the memorial, the track runs out 20 yards short of the
memorial area and there is the danger of becoming stuck in mud.
Victoria Cross: 10523
Corporal Edward Dwyer, VC. 1st Bn. East Surrey Regiment, 03/09/1916, aged
20. Plot III. J. 3.
An extract from the "London Gazette," dated 21st May, 1915, records the
following:-"For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty at "Hill 60"
on the 20th April, 1915. When his trench was heavily attacked by German
grenade throwers he climbed on to the parapet, and, although subjected to a
hail of bombs at close quarters, succeeded in dispersing the enemy by the
effective use of his hand grenades. Private Dwyer displayed great gallantry
earlier on this day in leaving his trench, under heavy shell fire, to
bandage his wounded comrades.
Casualty Details: UK
1520, Australia 17, New Zealand 30, South Africa 1, Total Burials: 1568