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Flatiron Copse Cemetery

 

Flatiron Copse 1

 

Flatiron Copse Cemetery, Mametz, Somme, France. The ground here 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 smaller cemeteries and from the neighbouring battlefields. 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. Some 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 shell fire.

Two men of the North Irish Horse, Private G. Gill and Private F. Livingstone, are buried here. The location of their graves is shown on the CWGC cemetery plan on this page.

 

Flatiron Copse 2

 

Flatiron Copse 3

 

Information and cemetery plan sourced from Commonwealth War Graves Commission www.cwgc.org. Images kindly provided by Richard Evans. See his website Nelson, Glamorgan and the Great War http://www.nelson-ww1-memorial.org.uk.