LONDON CEMETERY AND EXTENSION, HIGH WOOD

Longueval

Somme

France

 

General Directions: Longueval is a village 40 kilometres north-east of Amiens and 12 kilometres east-north-east of Albert, a town on the D929 road from Amiens to Bapaume and Cambrai. From the D929 direction Bapaume-Albert take the 2nd turning for Martinpuich and continue along the D6 direction Longueval, for 2 kilometres. London Cemetery and Extension will be found on the right hand side of the road.

High Wood was fiercely fought over during the Battle of the Somme until cleared by 47th (London) Division on 15 September 1916. It was lost during the German advance of April 1918, but retaken the following August.

The original London Cemetery at High Wood was begun when 47 men of the 47th Division were buried in a large shell hole on 18 and 21 September 1916. Other burials were added later, mainly of officers and men of the 47th Division who died on 15 September 1916, and at the Armistice the cemetery contained 101 graves. The cemetery was then greatly enlarged when remains were brought in from the surrounding battlefields, but the original battlefield cemetery is preserved intact within the larger cemetery, now know as the London Cemetery and Extension.

The cemetery, one of five in the immediate vicinity of Longueval which together contain more than 15,000 graves, is the third largest cemetery on the Somme with 3,873 First World War burials, 3,114 of them unidentified.

London Cemetery and Extension was used again in 1946 by the Army Graves Service for the reburial of Second World War casualties recovered from various temporary burial grounds, French military cemeteries, small communal cemeteries, churchyards and isolated graves, where permanent maintenance was not possible. These graves are in one central plot at the extreme end of the cemetery, behind the Cross of Sacrifice. Second World War burials number 165.

The original London Cemetery was designed by Sir Herbert Baker, but the site was completely re-modelled after the Second World War by Austin Blomfield.

 

Casualty Details: UK 3339, Canada 162, Australia 300, New Zealand 35, South Africa 33, India 2, Germany 2, France 2,

Total Burials: 3769

 

Aerial photograph looking north towards Martinpuich, showing High Wood.

IWM (Q 61359)

 

 

2064 Acting Coy. Sergeant Major

Stanley Alistair Creek

20th Bn. London Regiment

15/09/1916, aged 25.

Plot 1A. D. 18.

Son of Joseph Henry Creek and Catherine Ann Creek, of 55, Elgin Rd., Croydon, Surrey.

 

 

8/2502 Captain

Lancelot Shadwell Jennings

Otago Regiment, N. Z. E. F.

15/09/1916, aged 28.

Son of the late Charles William Jennings and Agnes Lavinia Jennings and husband of Bella Dytes MacIntosh MacCallum (nee Cross, formerly Jennings) of Edinburgh.

Plot II. C. 2.

 

 

The original plot, later the Extension -to the right- was added when graves from the surrounding battlefields were concentrated here.

 

 

Number of Burials by Unit: (Collated by Barry Cuttell)

Australian Burials
103
  Canadian Burials
54
19th Bn London Regiment - St. Pancras
39
  Machine Gun Corps
22
2nd/18th Bn London Regiment - London Irish Rifles
21
  Middlesex Regiment
21
New Zealand burials
20
  Royal Scots - Lothian Regiment
17
Duke of Cornwall Light Infantry
15
  King's Liverpool Regiment
15
Notts. & Derbyshire Regiment
14
  Northumberland Fusiliers
13
Royal Warwickshire Regiment
13
  20th Bn London Regiment - Blackheath & Woolwich
12
King's Royal Rifle Corps
12
  Manchester Regiment
12
South African Brigade
12
  Lincolnshire Regiment
11
Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
11
  Rifle Brigade
11
Norfolk Regiment
10
  Welsh Guards
10
Essex Regiment
9
  Queen's - Royal West Surrey Regiment
9
Royal Sussex Regiment
9
  Royal Welsh Fusiliers
9
Duke of Wellington - West Riding Regiment
8
  Lancashire Fusiliers
8
Royal Fusiliers
8
  Suffolk Regiment
8
Welsh Regiment
8
  1st/8th Bn London Regiament Post Office Rifles
7
Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
7
  East Surrey Regiment
7
Grenadier Guards
7
  Bedfordshire Regiment
6
Devonshire Regiment
6
  King's Own Scottish Borderers
6
17th Bn London Regiment - Poplar & Stepney Rifles
5
  Cheshire Regiment
5
Buffs - East Kent Regiment
5
  Coldstream Guards
5
East Yorkshire Regiment
5
  Gloucestershire Regiment
5
Royal Field Artillery
5
  West Yorkshire Regiment
5
Black Watch
4
  Cameronians - Scottish Rifles
4
Durham Light Infantry
4
  Green Howards - Yorkshire Regiment
4
King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment
4
  King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
4
Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
4
  Royal Berkshire Regiment
4
Royal Irish Rifles
4
  Royal West Kent Regiment
4
Scots Guards
4
  Somerset Light Infantry
4
Wiltshire Regiment
4
  1st/12th Bn London Regiment - London Rangers
3
23rd Bn London Regiment
3
  Gordon Highlanders
3
Irish Guards
3
  North Staffordshire Regiment
3
Royal Scots Greys
3
  Seaforth Highlanders
3
South Staffordshire Regiment
3
  Worcestershire Regiment
3
1st/15th Bn London Regiment - Civil Service Rifles
2
  1st/2nd Bn London Regiment - Royal Fusiliers
2
Border Regiment
2
  Hampshire Regiment
2
Hertfordshire Regiment
2
  Highland Light Infantry
2
Leicestershire Regiment
2
  Royal Army Medical Corps
2
Royal Dublin Fusiliers
2
  Royal Engineers
2
Royal Munster Fusiliers
2
  Royal Navy Division - Infantry
2
Royal Scots Fusiliers
2
  1st/3rd Bn London Regiment - Royal Fusiliers
1
1st/4th Bn London Regiment - Royal Fusiliers
1
  1st/7th Bn London Regiment
1
1st/9th Bn London Regiment - Queen Victoria's Rifles
1
  24th Bn London Regiment
1
2nd/14th Bn London Regiment - London Scottish
1
  2nd/2nd Bn London Regiment
1
3rd Hussars
1
  5th Dragoon Guards
1
Honourable Artillery Company
1
  King's Shropshire Light Infantry
1
Northamptonshire Regiment
1
  Royal Artillery
1
Royal Irish
1
  Royal Irish Fusiliers
1
Royal Newfoundland Regiment
1
  Scinde Horse
1
South Lancashire Regiment
1
  South Wales Borderers
1
York & Lancaster Regiment
1
     
Identified burials
755
     
Unidentified burials
3114
     
Total burials
3869
     

Those with awards buried within this cemetery:

Lt. Robert de H. M. Bell, Mentioned in Despatches, 10th Bn. King's Royal Rifle Corps, died 3rd Sept. 1916 aged 20. Son of Col. Mark Bell V.C., C.B., A.D.C., R.E. 9A 25

Maj. T. R. Cunningham, Mentioned in Despatches, 27th Bn. A.I.F. Died 2nd Aug. 1916. 3C 29

Sjt. Wm. H. Dryden D.C.M., Canadian Army Medical Corps. Died 27th Sept. 1916 aged 28. 7 D 7

Sjt. J. L. Greenwood M.M., 1st Bn. King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, died 22 Oct. 1916 aged 30. 9.D.23

Sjt. A. Haskayne, Mentioned in Despatches, 11th Bn. King's Liverpool Regiment, died 19th Aug. 1916 aged 26. 5.B.26

Sjt.A. J. O. Humphreys M.M., 1st Bn. Welsh Guards, died 10th Sept. 1916, aged 21. 9 E 10 15

Pte. F. C. Irwin M.M., 49th Bn. A.I.F., died 3rd Sept. 1916, aged 24. 2.J.20

Capt. L. S. Jennings, Mentioned in Despatches, 2nd Bn. N.Z. Otago Regiment, died 15th Sept. 1916, aged 23. 2.C.2

Maj. L. F. Jones, Mentioned in Despatches, 1st/12th London Regiment, The Rangers, died 1st July 1916, aged 31. Joint grave 9.J.12

2/Lt. Wm. A. Langsdale M.M., Mentioned in Despatches, 12th Pioneer Bn. Sherwood Foresters, died 22nd March 1916 aged 21. 3.B.15

Sjt. G. R. Pearson D.C.M., 14th Bn. Durham Light Infantry. Died 18th Sept. 1916, aged 25. 10.H.4

Sjt. M. Renaud M.M., 1st Bn. The Queen's, Royal West Surrey Regiment. Died 15th July 1916, aged 24. 2.D.2

Lt. G. Stirling M.C., Scots Guards, attached to Machine Gun Corps, Infantry. Died 15th Sept. 1916, 9.A.35

Cpl. Wm. Townley, Croix de Guerre (France), 6th Bn. King's Own Scottish Borderers. Died 4th July 1916. 3.A.1

Cpl. Joseph Wainwright M.M., 11th Bn. Manchester Regiment, died 26th Sept. 1916, aged 24. 2. C. 24

Sjt. C. West M.M., 13th Bn. Middlesex Regiment, died 18th Aug. 1916, aged 20. 6.F.2

 

 

 

 

The WW2 plot within the Extension

 

 

The following pictures taken on a wintry day courtesy of Andy Mackay

 

 

 

 

 

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