Abbeville was an important town for the Allied armies throughout much of the First World War.
It housed the headquarters of the lines of communication and three army hospitals.
Its cemetery contains more than 2,500 World War 1 graves and several hundred from World War 2.
The cemetery consists of the communal section and an extension which was begun in September 1916.
I took these photographs during a visit there a few years ago.
Here are a few of those buried there. Private Charles Leslie Bibby, of the King’s Liverpool Regiment.
Private E Edwards, of the 9th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers.
William Sheehan, of New Ross, County Wexford, who served in the Royal Irish Regiment.
The town also played an important role in the Second World War.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission notes: “Abbeville was a major operational aerodrome, but the town fell to the Germans at the end of May 1940. On 4 June, an attempt was made by the 51st Division, in conjunction with the French, to break the German bridgehead, but without success. Towards the end of 1943, eight large ski shaped buildings appeared near Abbeville. These proved to be storage units for flying bomb components and they were heavily bombed by Commonwealth air forces. Abbeville was retaken on 4 September 1944 by Canadian and Polish units.”
This memorial is in the town.