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Ham British Cemetery

 

Ham 1

 

Ham British Cemetery, Muille-Villette, Somme, France. In January, February and March 1918, the 61st (South Midland) Casualty Clearing Station was posted at Ham, but on 23 March the Germans, in their advance towards Amiens, crossed the Somme at Ham, and the town remained in German hands until the French First Army re-entered it on the following 6 September. Ham British Cemetery was begun in January-March 1918 as an extension of Muille-Villette German Cemetery, made by the Casualty Clearing Station. In 1919 these graves were regrouped and others were added from the German cemetery (photo below). Ham British Cemetery contains 485 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War. Some 218 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to 14 soldiers, believed to be buried among them. Other special memorials record the names of 39 casualties known to have been buried in other cemeteries whose graves were not found.

One man of the North Irish Horse, Private J. Magill, is buried here. Another, Private W. P. Stuart, whose grave could not be found, is commemorated here. The location of their grave and memorial stone are shown on the CWGC cemetery plan below.

 

Ham 2

 

Ham 3

 

Ham 4

 

Information and cemetery plan sourced from Commonwealth War Graves Commission www.cwgc.org. Images 1 and 2 kindly provided by Richard Evans. See his website Nelson, Glamorgan and the Great War http://www.nelson-ww1-memorial.org.uk. Image 3 kindly provided by Pieter van Elteren from his traces of a war website http://www.peterswar.net