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Dernancourt is a village 3 kilometres south of Albert. The Communal Cemetery is a little west of the village, and the Extension is on the north-west side of the Communal Cemetery.

Field ambulances used the Communal Cemetery for Commonwealth burials from September 1915 to August 1916, and again during the German advance of March 1918. It contains 127 Commonwealth burials of the First World War.

The XV Corps Main Dressing Station was formed at Dernancourt in August 1916, when the adjoining EXTENSION was opened. The 45th and 56th (1st/1st South Midland) Casualty Clearing Stations came in September 1916 and remained until March 1917. The 3rd Australian was here in March and April 1917, and the 56th from April 1917 to February 1918. The 3rd Casualty Clearing Station came in March 1918 but on 26 March, Dernancourt was evacuated ahead of the German advance, and the extension remained in their hands until the village was recaptured on 9 August 1918 by the 12th Division and the 33rd American Division.

In September it was again used by the 47th, 48th and 55th Casualty Clearing Stations under the name of "Edgehill", due to the rising ground on the north-west.

At the Armistice, the Extension contained more than 1,700 burials; it was then enlarged when graves were brought in from isolated positions in the immediate neighbourhood and certain small cemeteries, including:-

MOOR CEMETERY, EDGEHILL, DERNANCOURT, was about 800 metres West, near the top of the hill. It contained the graves of 42 soldiers from the United Kingdom who fell on the 23rd-25th March, 1918.

ALBERT ROAD CEMETERY, BUIRE-SUR-ANCRE, was nearly 3 Kms West, on the straight road from Amiens to Albert. It contained the graves of 65 soldiers from the United Kingdom and 33 from Australia, who fell in April-August, 1918. It was made by Australian units and by the 58th (London) and 12th Divisions.

The extension now contains 2,162 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War. 177 of the burials are unidentified, but there are special memorials to 29 casualties known or believed to be buried among them, and to two buried at Albert Road Cemetery, Buire-sur-Ancre whose grave could not be found on concentration.

The extension was designed by 
Sir Edwin Lutyens & George Hartley Goldsmith

Casualty Details: UK 1640, Canada 8, Australia 425, New Zealand 51, South Africa 33, India 5, Germany 2, Total Burials: 2164



Victoria Cross: 358 Serjeant, Thomas James Harris, VC. MM.

6th Bn. Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment), 09/08/18, aged 26. Plot VIII. J. 20. Son of William John and Sarah Ann Harris, of 6, Manor Terrace, Halling, Rochester, Kent.






Citation: An extract from The London Gazette, No. 30967, dated 18th Oct., 1918, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty in attack when the advance was much impeded by hostile machine guns concealed in crops and shell-holes. Serjt. Harris led his section against one of these, capturing it and killing seven of the enemy. Later, on two successive occasions, he attacked single-handed two enemy machine-guns which were causing heavy casualties and holding up the advance. He captured the first gun and killed the crew, but was himself killed when attacking the second one. It was largely due to the great courage and initiative of this gallant N.C.O. that the advance of the battalion was continued without delay and undue casualties. Throughout the operations he showed a total disregard for his own personal safety, and set a magnificent example to all ranks."

Click here for an article on Serjeant Harris



Murvyn (standing) and Jack (seated)

No.3634 Private Sturgess, Murvyn Henry. DOB: 25/03/1897;
8th Reinforcements, 25th Battalion (Btn.) (the "Darling Downs, Queensland" Btn.), 2nd Division, Australian Imperial Force (AIF);
Embarked from Brisbane, Australia 03/01/1916;
Transferred to 2nd Pioneer Btn. in Egypt 14/03/1916; gunshot wound (GSW) to thigh; War Hospital, Dunston UK for 5 weeks;
Killed In Action (KIA) 29/04/1918. (Age actually 20 years; his Commonwealth War Grave is inscribed as age 21 years, but he
put his age up by a year when he was 18, to enlist in Queensland in 1915);
Buried in Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Grave Reference: VIII. I. 7..

No. 3642 Private Sturgess, Cecil John ("Jack"). DOB: 17/03/1894;
8th Reinforcements, 25th Btn., 2nd Division, AIF;
Embarked from Brisbane, Australia 03/01/1916;
Transferred to 2nd Pioneeer Btn. in Egypt 14/03/1916. GSW to foot; Hospital in France for 1 month;
Marched out to UK for return to Australia 13/04/1919;
Returned to Australia 05/06/1919.

Jack lived out a full life in Queensland, Australia.

Picture and information courtesy of Murvyn and Jack's nephew, John Williamson







5415 Private

Albert Ernest Maynard

53rd Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

24/12/1916, aged 20.

Son of William Henry Maynard, of Llandilo, Golspie, New South Wales, and the late Eliza Maynard.

Plot IV. E. 3.



The cemetery as it looked on 31st July 1919


Second Lieutenant

Henry Edward Vernon Winkworth

6th Bn. Northamptonshire Regiment

16/02/1917, aged 21.

Son of Edward and Sarah Winkworth, of 7, Wilbury Gardens, Hove, Sussex.

Plot V. C. 11.


He died of wounds at 45th Casualty Clearing Station on 18th February 1917 after being wounded by a gunshot wound to the chest at Boom Ravine on 17th February, possibly by machine-gun fire whilst crossing Grandcourt Trench.


Henry was born on 7th December 1895 at Brighton, Sussex, the son of Edward Henry Thomas Winkworth, an auctioneer (b. 1857, Windsor, Berks.), and Mrs Sarah Jane M. Winkworth (nee Merryweather, b. c-1868, m. 1890 at St. Giles, London) 7 Wilbury Gardens, Hove.

He was brother to Cecilia Clara Winkworth and John Staverton Winkworth.

"Lest We Forget"

Picture courtesy of Liz & Bob Matthews



1918. Image of the original grave at Dernancourt of, William S. Rowan, he was Secretary of the Australian Young Men's Christian Association, he was attached to the 4th Div. Area, Australian Imperial Force. William S. Rowan was killed whilst on duty on 14th January 1917 and buried in the cemetery at Dernancourt. He is now to be found in Plot IV. G. 15. of the Communal Cemetery Extension. He was the son of William George and F. E. Rowan (step-mother), of 24, Grace St., Malvern, Melbourne, Australia.






1719A Private

Hamen Charles Honeysett

45th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

24/02/1917, aged 25.

Son of John Thomas and Mary Jane Honeysett, of Hillview, Mebul, New South Wales.

Plot VI. A. 25.



1932 Private

Edward James Goodwin

23rd Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

08/04/1918, aged 20.

Son of Augustus and Mabel Elizabeth Goodwin, of Cranbourne Rd., Frankston, Victoria, Australia. Native of Burnley, Richmond, Victoria.

Plot X. A. 15.


Wounded British troops about to entrain at Dernancourt, September 1916.



5335 Private

Robert Gordon Fowler

20th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

15/03/1917, aged 18.

Son of Samuel and Barbara Hume Fowler, of Beamish St., Campsie, New South Wales. Native of Monteagle, New South Wales.

Plot VI. D. 41.



2891 Private

Sidney Burdge Clarke

45th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

05/04/1918, aged 27.

Son of John Pickford Clarke and Mary Elizabeth Clarke; husband of E. M. Clarke, of Atkinson St., Liverpool, New South Wales. Native of Quirindi, New South Wales.

Plot VII. B. 14.






4067 Private

William Bower

20th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

06/02/1917, aged 29.

Son of John and Susan Bower, of Harriett St., Wallsend, New South Wales.

Plot IV. H. 40.




 Memories of Dernancourt

Reminiscences of Bob Booker, the son of a CWGC Gardener

My father was a war graves gardener based at Dernancourt during the late fifties and the early sixties, Dad was almost too young for WW2. But couldn’t be called up anyway as he was in a reserved occupation working in a factory on war equipment which he had been doing since leaving school. He was called up immediately after the war when he was both old enough, and the reserved occupations ended. He then served in Malaya during the Malayan campaign. After his national service he never returned to the factory but went into gardening. As a gardener he replied to a War Graves advert for gardeners. He was offered a job, and so we moved from Cornwall to Dernancourt in France in 1959 and we lived as a family on the other side of the railway bridge from the cemetery with just one farm house between us and the railway line. We also went to school in Dernancourt village. The posts which supported a chain link fence along the length of our back garden at Dernancourt were old British narrow gauge rails which had been used for moving war supplies somewhere and after the war had been recycled into fence posts.

As children in the late autumn and winter we used to follow the furrows after the plough looking for the scrap which was brought to the surface. In one particular field we would always find cutlery and kitchen type paraphernalia. On one occasion Dad helped a local farmer to widen a gateway just past the cemetery. It was a mutual task in that they needed top soil for levelling some ground in the cemetery. Whilst doing this they uncovered a listening post which had been buried for the past forty years. Some time ago I read a book of eye witness accounts which include one written about two soldiers who made their way to where the field canteen had been. This was after the German advance and after the allies had retreated from Dernancourt leaving their supplies behind. Whilst the Germans were in Dernancourt village they made their way at night along the side of the railway line up past the listening post to the remains of the canteen to retrieved what ever supplies they could find and carry. Of all the eye witness accounts which I used to read this was the most vivid. I had known the area so well and could follow accurately every move they made.

I remember once, after heavy rain a small amount of land slipped away from the railway embankment and a well rotted crate of German stick grenades slid down and opened it self up on the grass verge just by the railway bridge. The grenades just lay there at the side of the road where they had tumbled for weeks possibly months before they were cleared away. We just got used to them being there. On the other side of the bridge a small area was used by the farmers for stacking the unexploded shells which they unearthed whilst ploughing. These would gradually accumulate during the season as they dropped them off on their way back from the fields at the end of the day. In the spring these were collected for disposal by the authorities and the grenades must have stayed where they lay until they were removed at the same time as the shells. There were still a lot of horses in use in the early sixties; I remember a farmer who had a wooden box fitted to the back of his horse drawn plough, and if he unearthed a shell he would pop it into the box in front of the plough handles and carry on ploughing with the shell just in front of him.

During his 14 years as a War Graves Gardener we also lived in Albert, St. Pol-sur-Ternoise and also Ypres in Belgium where dad worked at the Menin Gate and the Ypres Reservoir Cemetery.





5668 Private

John Edward Price

23rd Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

25/03/1917, aged 39.

Son of Elizabeth Price, and the late Samuel Price. Native of Collingwood, Victoria, Australia.

Plot VI. E. 14.




Dernancourt area, France, 27th May 1918. Fields west of the village of Dernancourt slope down to the Albert-Amiens railway line (centre and right) and to a group of huts (left) that once formed part of the 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Station (3CCS) at Edgehill. Behind the former 3CCS huts stands Dernancourt's church with its ruined steeple. In the midground (right), tall trees line the banks of the River Ancre (not in view).




John Halligan

59th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

31/05/1917, aged 21.

Son of Andrew Thomas Halligan and Isabell Halligan, of 611, Sebastapol St., Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.

Plot VI. E. 48.



6615 Driver

John Henry Spark

4th Bde. Australian Field Artillery

11/06/1917, aged 28.

Son of Emily Spark, of 22, Otter St., Collingwood, Victoria, Australia, and the late William Bell Spark.

Plot VI. F. 4.



3316 Corporal

Leonard Matthew Henderson, MM.

12th Australian Light Trench Mortar Battery

05/04/1918, aged 24.

Son of William and Lily Henderson, of Hexham, Jericho, Queensland. Native of Aramac, Queensland.

Special Memorial 3.



3405 Sergeant

Gomer Maslin

50th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.


Son of Job and Rosamond Maslin. Native of South Australia.

Plot IV. H. 39.



33 Corporal

John William Atkinson

32nd Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

09/03/1917, aged 33.Son of William and Annie Maria Atkinson. Native of Eden Valley, South Australia.

Plot VI. C. 30.


28th July 1918 - A memorial in memory of officers, NCOs and men of the 45th Battalion, AIF, who fell at Dernancourt following the operations of the Battalion in March and April 1918, erected by their comrades. Crosses mark the graves of, left to right, Lieutenant (Lt) Harold Flinders Mitchell; Captain Owen Burton Dibbs; 2672 Private (Pte) Francis John Pidgeon; 2126 Pte William Tasker Adam; 2619 Pte Guy Charles Baker; Lieutenant Theophilus William Perry; 998A Pte Richard Clarence Walsh.



392280 Rifleman

Leslie George Field

9th Bn. London Regiment,

(Queen Victoria's Rifles)


Plot VIII. E. 14.



237 Lance Corporal

Reginald Severn Tonge

22nd Bn. Royal Fusiliers

17/02/1917, aged 37

Son of Julia Tonge, of Raby Lodge, 35, Oliver Grove, South Norwood, London.

Plot V. B. 24





9006 Lance Corporal

Edmond James Guy

1st Bn. Royal Berkshire Regiment

12/03/1917, aged 26.

Son of Walter Thomas and Alice Mary Guy, of 14, Fentons Avenue, Plaistow, London.

Plot VI. D. 11.


Brave soldier and beloved brother of Milly, Rose, Elsie, Lily and Gertie
Still mourned by his family. He was ours.





Second Lieutenant

Harold Gordon Cornell

68th Sqdn. Australian Flying Corps

11/12/1917, aged 26.

Son of Sarah Angwin (formerly Cornell), and the late George Cornell; husband of Jessie Millicent Cornell, of Lindisfarne, Tasmania. Native of Richmond, Victoria, Australia.

Plot III. J. 5.



Hospital nurse, possibly of Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service (QAIMNS), in conversation with a wounded British soldier at Dernancourt, September 1916.





5112 Private

Richard George Hunt

55th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

05/12/1916, aged 22.

Son of Richard and Mary Eliza Hunt. Native of Sydney, New South Wales.

Plot IV. D. 17.






3597 Private

Alfred Astridge

45th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

02/04/1918, aged 40.

Son of John Henry and the late Mrs. Astridge; husband of Emily Astridge, of 4, Kerrs Rd., Lidcombe, New South Wales. Native of England.

Plot VI. I. 6.






2645A Private

Ernest Reiman

49th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

05/04/1918, aged 23.

Son of Albert and Rose Reiman, of The Range, Cordalba, Queensland. Native of Maryborough,

Albert Road Memorial




c. February 1919 - The graves of 1595 Private (Pte) Sturt Charles Goodfellow, 27th Battalion, 1228 Pte Sydney Charters Pilcher, 49th Battalion and 1118 Pte Philip Henry Hancock, 26th Battalion. Pte Goodfellow, a commercial traveller from North Unley, SA prior to enlistment, embarked with the 1st Reinforcements from Adelaide on HMAT Geelong on 31 May 1915 and was killed in action on 23 April 1918. Pte Pilcher, a farmer from Charters Towers, Qld prior to enlistment embarked with D Company, 42nd Battalion from Sydney on HMAT Borda on 5 June 1916. Later transferring to the 49th Battalion he was killed in action on 5 April 1918, aged 25. Pte Hancock, a labourer from Liffy, Tas prior to enlistment, embarked with D company from Brisbane on HMAT Aeneas on 29 June 1915 and on 27 April 1918 he was killed in action aged 26. All three men were buried in the Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, France. This image is one of a set of photographs of the original graves of some members of the 27th Battalion. The Battalion funded the purchase of the camera through its adjutant Captain (Capt) Southon for 5541 Pte G R Barrington to photograph the graves.

2619 Private

Richard Cornelius Griffiths

32nd Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

25/07/1917, aged 24.

Son of Richard and Honora Griffiths, of Rose Terrace, Wayville, South Australia.

Plot VI. F. 11.



2105 Corporal

Ernest Wood Brady

28th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

03/03/1917, aged 21.

Son of Edward Foster Brady and Ellen Adelaide Brady, of 116, Grosvenor Rd., North Perth, Western Australia. Native of South Australia.

Plot VI. B. 14.



6124 Private

Charles Edmund Fordham

16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

07/02/1917, aged 19.

Son of Charles Edmund and Jane Fordham, of 79, George St., East Fremantle, Western Australia.

Plot V. A. 15.



34562 Corporal

James McPherson Smith

6th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

08/02/1917, aged 24.

Son of John and Catherine Smith, of Hotspur, Victoria, Australia.

Plot V. A. 21.



14th June 1918 - A view of the badly damaged buildings of the Dernancourt Casualty Clearing Station, taken from 'The Ravine' in No Man's Land. In the foreground is the railway line running from Albert to Amiens and immediately behind this is the front line, a section of which can be seen in the top right hand corner. During the fighting on 5 April 1918, the 12th and 13th Brigades of the 4th Division were heavily engaged at this point. They successfully held the line by a magnificent defence against the attempt of almost four German divisions to break through by massed assaults in a converging attack towards Amiens in conjunction with their onslaught through Villers-Bretonneux, which had commenced the previous day.


30369 Lance Corporal

John Brown

6th Bn. King's Own Scottish Borderers


Plot X. B. 7.

"Gone but not forgotten"


Remembered by his nephew Billy Mundell



2236 Private

James Oliver Mason

46th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

11/02/1917, aged 19.

Son of William Wallace Mason and Mary Anna Mason,

of 54, Pridham St., East Prahran, Victoria, Australia.

Plot V. A. 35.


c. February 1919 - The isolated graves of Major Karl August Richard Friedrichs of Adelaide, SA, killed in action (KIA) 21 April 1918, and 533 Lance Corporal Stanley Frederick Carter of Adelaide, SA, KIA 18 April 1918, and 6074 Albert Edwin Downton of Queenstown, SA, KIA 17 April 1918, all of the 27th Battalion, and buried in Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension. This image is one of a set of photographs of the original graves of some members of the 27th Battalion. The Battalion funded the purchase of the camera through its adjutant Captain (Capt) Southon for 5541 Pte G R Barrington to photograph the graves.



306 Private

Charles Ackling

3rd Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

02/02/1917, aged 33.

Plot IV. H. 23.

Husband of Ethel Ackling, of Enfield, NSW. A labourer prior to enlisting



67237 Private

John William Crowther

50th Bn. Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)

02/09/1918, aged 22.

Son of Mrs. Margaret Arm Pomroy, of 5, Harold St., Burnley, Lancs.

Plot VIII. A. 3.


Second Lieutenant

Richard Anacletus Nelson, MM.

50th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

07/11/1917, aged 24.

Son of Patrick and Annie Nelson, of Murray Bridge, South Australia.

Plot VI. F. 25.



2499 Private

Cecil James Stewart

49th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

05/04/1918, aged 23.

Son of Charles and Sarah Stewart. Native of Auburn, Sydney, New South Wales.

Plot X. H. 19.


834 Sergeant

William Hugh Dempster

2nd Australian Pioneers

03/05/1917, aged 24.

Son of Hugh and Catherine Dempster, of Diamond Hill, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia.

Plot VII. B. 15.


Pictures and text courtesy of Kim Crowe, first cousin, twice removed.