General Directions: Gezaincourt is a village a little south-west of the town of Doullens, halfway between the main roads from Doullens to Abbeville and Doullens to Amiens. The Communal Cemetery and Extension are on the east side of the village. There is a Commonwealth War Graves Commission signpost outside Doullens on the road towards Amiens.

The COMMUNAL CEMETERY at Gezaincourt contains nine Commonwealth burials of the First World War, made between October 1915 and March 1916

The adjoining EXTENSION was opened in March 1916 and used until March 1917, and again from March to October 1918. In most cases, the burials were carried out from casualty clearing stations and, in June to August 1918, from the 3rd Canadian Stationary Hospital.

The extension contains 596 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, 3 of which are unidentified, and a plot of 76 German graves. There are also six Second World War burials, all dating from the early months of the war before the German advance.

The extension was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

Shot at Dawn: 9828 Private William Edward Anderson, 5th Bn. Dorset Regiment, executed for desertion 31/03/1917, aged 21. Plot I. P. 1. Son of William Henry Anderson, of 65, Fanshawe Avenue, Barking, Essex.

Casualty Details: UK 507, Canada 24, Australia 23, New Zealand 40, India 2, Germany 75, Total Burials: 671


201839 Lance Corporal

John Robert Payne

2nd Bn. Royal Fusiliers

02/07/1918, aged 27.

Son of Joseph and Margaret Ann Payne, of 48, Halifax Rd., Brierfield, Burnley.

Plot I. N. 19.


Died of wounds in the 3rd Canadian Stationary Hospital, France. He had been admitted with serious chest wounds which had also pierced his abdomen, he had previously been both wounded by shrapnel and gassed. Prior to enlisting on May 2nd 1916, he had worked as a plumber for Mr P. J. Quinn of Brierfield.



This image courtesy of Colin Ellender




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