FORCEVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY AND EXTENSION
General Directions: Forceville is a village some 10 kilometres north-west of Albert on the road to Doullens. The Communal Cemetery and Extension lie to the west of the village of Forceville, 20 kilometres from Doullens and 10 kilometres from Albert, on the D938, the main road between the two.
Commonwealth forces took over this section of the front line from the French in 1915 and in early August, land to the south of the communal cemetery was set aside for military graves. Field ambulances were stationed in the village from February to July 1916. Plot I of the extension contains the graves of men who died on the Somme front from September 1915 to June 1916. The graves in Plot II relate to the Somme offensive of July and August 1916 and those in Plot III to the operations of the autumn of 1916. In the spring of 1917 the front line moved to the east and it was not until the German advances of April 1918, which came to a halt just east of the cemetery, that further burials were made in Plot IV. There are now 304 Commonwealth burials of the First World War in this site, three of them in the communal cemetery adjoining the extension. The extension also contains seven German war graves. The cemetery extension was one of the first three Commission sites to be built after the First World War. The cemetery extension, one of the first three Commission sites to be built after the First World war, was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield & Charles Henry Holden
Shot at Dawn: Private J. Lewis, 5th Bn. Dorset Regiment, executed for desertion on 19/04/1917. Plot 3. F. 2.
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 301, Canada 1, New Zealand 2, Germany 7, Total Burials: 311
Timothy Harold (Ted) Riordan
1st/4th Bn. King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
06/07/1916, aged 20.
Son of Daniel and Elizabeth Riordan, of Cotham Grove, Bristol.
Plot 2. C. 9.
Picture courtesy of his great niece; Clare
Charles Henry Dooley
V/V Heavy Trench Mortar Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery
02/06/1918, aged 20.
Son of Thomas Henry and Sarah Ann Dooley, of Ouston Ferry, Lincolnshire.
Plot 4. D. 8.
Picture courtesy of great nephew, Darren
1st/28th Bn. London Regiment (Artists' Rifles)
02/04/1918, aged 37.
Son of Thomas and Mary Ann Flint, of Salford, Manchester.
Plot 3. E. 8.
Thomas joined the army in the Army Service Corps and went to France on 22-8-1915. He served as a driver in the Army Service Corps Transport, and in late 1916, was transferred to the 16th Rifle Brigade, and then later attached to the Artists' Rifles in September 1917. He was killed in action on 2 April 1918, by enemy shellfire.
Picture courtesy of great grandson, Ian Jackson
7th Bn. York and Lancaster Regiment
21/04/1918, aged 25.
Son of Albert Figtree and Mary Hague.
Plot 4. A. 7.
Picture courtesy of great niece, Mary Holliday
J. A. C. Lewis
188th Light T. M. Bty. R. N. Div.
Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
02/04/1918, aged 29.
Son of John Abel and Mary Ann Lewis of Leicester
Plot 3. E. 7.
In memory of an uncle, brother and dear cousin, Eric Lewis (War Veteran)