Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension

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 Dernancourt 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 Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension was opened. The 45th and 1st/1st South Midland Casualty Clearing Stations (CCS) came in September 1916 and remained until March 1917. The 3rd Australian CCS 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 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 small cemeteries and isolated positions in the immediate neighbourhood.

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.

Number of burials by Unit

Australian burials
376
Royal Field Artillery
95
Durham Light Infantry
86
Northumberland Fusiliers
74
New Zealand burials
50
Royal Engineers
45
King’s Royal Rifle Corps
43
Royal Fusiliers – City of London Regt.
42
Machine Gun Corps – Infantry
41
Royal Berkshire Regt.
40
Royal Garrison Artillery
37
Green Howards – Yorkshire Regt.
36
Royal Naval Division
34
Cameron Highlanders
33
South African Regt.
30
Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
29
Highland Light Infantry
28
Northamptonshire Regt.
26
Royal Scots – Lothian Regt.
26
Essex Regt.
24
Rifle Brigade
22
Seaforth Highlanders
22
Gloucestershire Regt.
21
Gordon Highlanders
21
Royal Sussex Regt.
21
19th Bn. London Regt – St. Pancras
19
Black Watch – Royal Highlanders
19
Middlesex Regt.
19
Royal Welsh Fusiliers
19
Royal West Kent Regt. (Queen’s Own)
19
South Staffordshire Regt.
18
Buffs – East Kent Regt.
17
King’s Own Scottish Borderers
17
King’s Liverpool Regt.
16
Queen’s – Royal West Surrey Regt.
16
Welsh Regt.
15
Worcestershire Regt.
15
15th Bn. London Regt-PWO Civil Service Rifles
14
Border Regt.
14
East Surrey Regt.
14
Royal Army Service Corps
14
Sherwood Foresters – Notts. & Derbys. Regt.
14
23rd Bn. London Regt
13
Royal Scots Fusiliers
13
22nd Bn. London Regt – The Queen’s
12
Suffolk Regt.
12
West Yorkshire Regt.
12
York & Lancaster Regt.
12
7th Bn. London Regt.
11
Cameronians – Scottish Rifles
11
Duke of Wellington’s – West Riding Regt.
11
Lancashire Fusiliers
11
Manchester Regt.
11
Royal Army Medical Corps
11
17th Bn. London Regt – Poplar & Stepney Rifles
10
20th Bn. London Regt – Blackheath & Woolwich
10
8th Bn. London Regt. – Post Office Rifles
10
East Yorkshire Regt.
10
Loyal North Lancashire Regt.
10
21st Bn. London Regt – First Surrey Rifles
9
6th Bn. London Regt. – London Rifles
9
King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
9
Norfolk Regt.
9
18th Bn. London Regt – London Irish Rifles
8
3rd Bn. London Regt. – Royal Fusiliers
8
Bedfordshire Regt.
8
Canadian burials
8
Ox. & Bucks. Light Infantry
8
Royal Munster Fusiliers
8
North Staffordshire Regt.
7
Cheshire Regt.
6
Lincolnshire Regt.
6
Somerset Light Infantry
6
South Wales Borderers
6
12th Bn. London Regt. – The Rangers
5
Devonshire Regt.
5
Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry
5
Indian Labour Corps
5
Leicestershire Regt.
5
Royal Warwickshire Regt.
5
1st Bn. London Regt. – Royal Fusiliers
4
King’s Shropshire Light Infantry
4
10th Bn. London Regt. – Hackney
3
24th Bn. London Regt – The Queen’s
3
3rd Hussars
3
Chinese Labour Force
3
Military Police Corps
3
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
3
South Lancashire Regt.
3
16th Bn. London Regt-Queen’s Westminster Rifles
2
19th Royal Hussars
2
2/10th Bn. London Regt – Hackney
2
Cambridgeshire Regt.
2
Dorsetshire Regt.
2
East Lancashire Regt.
2
Royal Army Ordnance Corps
2
Wiltshire Regt.
2
11th Hussars, Prince Albert’s Own
1
2/20th Bn. London Regt – Blackheath & Woolwich
1
2/4th Bn. London Regt – Royal Fusiliers
1
25th Bn. London Regt – Cyclist Bn.
1
2nd Bn. London Regt. – Royal Fusiliers
1
36th Jacob’s Horse
1
4th Dragoon Guards
1
5th Bn. London Regt. – London Rifle Brigade
1
9th Bn. London Regt. – Queen Victoria’s Rifles
1
9th Lancers
1
Army Cycle Corps
1
British West Indies
1
General List
1
Guards – Machine Gun Regt.
1
Hampshire Regt.
1
Hertfordshire Regt.
1
Honourable Artillery Company
1
Irish Guards
1
King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regt.
1
Leinster Regt.
1
Queen’s Bays
1
Royal Dublin Fusiliers
1
Royal Flying Corps/Royal Air Force
1
Royal Horse Artillery
1
Royal Irish Regt.
1
Identified British & Commonwealth burials
1978
Indian Labour Corps
5
Chinese Labour Force
3
German Burials
3
Total Identified
1989
Unidentified burials:
United Kingdom
125
Australia
48
South Africa
3
New Zealand
1
Total Unidentified burials
177
Total burials
2166

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