General Directions: Carnoy is a village just north of the road, D938, from Albert to Peronne, about 10 kilometres east-south-east of Albert. The Military Cemetery is on the south side of the village, on the north side of the road to Maricourt.

The cemetery was begun in August, 1915, by the 2nd King's Own Scottish Borderers and the 2nd King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, when the village was immediately South of the British front line. It continued in use by troops holding this sector until July, 1916, when Field Ambulances came up and a camp was established on the higher ground North of the village. It was closed in March, 1917. From March to August, 1918, it was in German hands, and German (and a few British) graves were made between the British graves and the entrance, and also in a German Cemetery alongside; but the German graves and the German Cemetery were removed in 1924.

There are now over 850, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, nearly 30 are unidentified and special memorials are erected to 17 soldiers and one airman from the United Kingdom, known or believed to be buried among them.

The cemetery covers an area of 4,441 square metres and is enclosed by a red brick wall.

Shot at Dawn: 23992 Private E. W. Harris, 10th Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers, executed for desertion 03/02/1917. Row Z. 11. 

Shot at Dawn: 96498 Driver R Murray, 81st Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, executed for desertion 03/02/1917. Row Z. 10.

The mass pardon of 306 British Empire soldiers executed for certain offences during the Great War was enacted in section 359 of the Armed Forces Act 2006, which came into effect on royal assent on 8 November 2006.

Casualty Details: UK 845, Canada 3, Australia 1, New Zealand 5, South Africa 1, Total Burials: 855

Making a cross, to mark a soldier's grave. Carnoy Valley, July 1916. Image by Lt. J. W. Brooke


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A soldier with a bullet wound in his left arm receives medical attention at Minden Post, near Carnoy.

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An Army chaplain tending a soldier's grave. Carnoy Valley, July 1916. Image by Lt. J. W. Brooke

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Carnoy Military Cemetery shortly after the end of the war (Courtesy of Aileen Robson)


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