Puchevillers British Cemetery – France

PUCHEVILLERS BRITISH CEMETERY

On 5th September 2014 Stephen and I drove to Puchevillers British Cemetery, which is located near the village of Puchevillers, which is about 19 km north-east of Amiens.

According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website http://www.cwgc.org/, the 3rd and 44th Casualty Clearing Stations came to Puchevillers in June 1916 just before the start of the Battle of the Somme, and used Plots 1 to 5, and almost all of Plot 6 until March 1917. The cemetery was then used by the 2nd/1st South Midland Casualty Clearing Station for the next two months. Plot 7 contains mostly the graves of soldiers who died in the German advance in 1918.

There are 1,763 First World War soldiers buried in this cemetery.

Archibald McIntyre, a labourer on enlistment per his service record, who joined the Coo-ees at Blayney, is the only Coo-ee buried in this cemetery (in Plot 6). He died of illness on 26th May 1917.

The photograph below shows Private McIntyre’s grave (2nd from the right) at Puchevillers British Cemetery.

Puchevillers British Cemetery, Puchevillers, Somme, France (Photograph: S & H Thompson 5/9/2014)

Puchevillers British Cemetery, Puchevillers, Somme, France (Photograph: S & H Thompson 5/9/2014)

A photograph of the headstone on Archibald McIntyre’s grave will be placed on his individual blog entry, and form part of a Roll of Honour for the fallen Coo-ees on this blog.

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