St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen

St. Sever Cemetery Extension is situated about 3 kilometres south of Rouen Cathedral and a short distance west of the road from Rouen to Elbeuf. Coming from Elbeuf/Caen on the N.138 follow Avenue Des Canadiens right down to the roundabout. Take the fourth exit into Boulevard Stanislas Girardin, and the cemetery lies 150 metres on the left. If coming from station Rive Gauche, Gare St Sever, follow Quai D’Elbeuf, Quai Jean Moulin, Quai Cavelier De La Salle into Avenue Jean Rondeaux, Av. De La Liberation, Bd. Du 11 Novembre to the roundabout. Take the first exit into Boulevard Stanislas Girardin, the cemetery lies 150 metres on the left. St Sever is part of Le Petit Quevilly. The first CWGC signpost is just when you get to the entrance of the cemetery.

During the First World War, Commonwealth camps and hospitals were stationed on the southern outskirts of Rouen. A base supply depot and the 3rd Echelon of General Headquarters were also established in the city. Almost all of the hospitals at Rouen remained there for practically the whole of the war. They included eight general, five stationary, one British Red Cross and one labour hospital, and No. 2 Convalescent Depot. A number of the dead from these hospitals were buried in other cemeteries, but the great majority were taken to the city cemetery of St. Sever. In September 1916, it was found necessary to begin an extension, where the last burial took place in April 1920. During the Second World War, Rouen was again a hospital centre and the extension was used once more for the burial of Commonwealth servicemen, many of whom died as prisoners of war during the German occupation. The cemetery extension contains 8,345 Commonwealth burials of the First World War (ten of them unidentified) and 328 from the Second World War (18 of them unidentified).

The extension was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.

Number of burials by Unit

Australian Forces
782
  Royal Field Artillery
440
Royal Engineers
322
  Royal Garrison Artillery
298
Canadian Forces
296
  Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regt.)
287
Indian Forces
270
  Machine Gun Corps (Inf.)
249
Army Service Corps
208
  Manchester Regt.
134
New Zealand Forces
132
  Durham Light Inf.
125
King’s Royal Rifle Corps
120
  Sherwood Foresters (Notts. & Derbys. Regt.)
113
West Yorkshire Regt.
106
  King’s Liverpool Regt.
102
Royal Warwickshire Regt.
101
  Lancashire Fusiliers
98
Gloucestershire Regt.
94
  North Staffordshire Regt.
93
Cheshire Regt.
91
  British West Indies Regt.
88
Royal Army Medical Corps
87
  Rifle Brigade
85
South African Forces
85
  Middlesex Regt.
84
Northamptonshire Regt.
83
  Worcestershire Regt.
83
Northumberland Fusiliers
80
  Royal Naval Division
79
King’s Own Yorkshire Light Inf.
74
  Royal Berkshire Regt
73
Duke of Wellingtons (West Rding Regt)
72
  Royal Welsh Fusiliers
69
Lincolnshire Regt
63
  Essex Regt
62
Yorkshire Regt (Green Howards)
62
  Welsh Regt
58
Devonshire Regt
57
  Royal Sussex Regt
57
Royal Scots (Lothian Regt)
56
  Royal Flying Corps/RAF
55
Gordon Highlanders
54
  Loyal North Lancashire Regt
53
South Staffordshire Regt
53
  York & Lancaster Regt
53
Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
52
  Queens (Royal West Surrey Regt)
51
Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
50
  Grenadier Guards
47
Ox & Bucks Light Inf
47
  Bedfordshire Regt
46
Leicestershire Regt
45
  Royal West Kent Regt (Queens Own)
45
Border Regt
44
  Chinese Labour Corps
44
Kings Shropshire Light Inf
44
  Royal Horse Artillery
44
Cameronians (Sco Rifles)
43
  East Lancashire Regt
43
Highland Light Inf
43
  South Wales Borderers
43
Suffolk Regt
42
  King’s Own Scottish Borderers
41
Cameron Highlanders
40
  Royal Army Service Corps
40
Royal Dublin Fusiliers
40
  Buffs (East Kent Regt)
38
East Surrey Regt
38
  Hampshire Regt
38
Somerset Light Inf
38
  Norfolk Regt
37
Dorsetshire Regt
36
  19th Bn London Regt (St Pancras)
35
Kings Own Royal Lancaster Regt
35
  Seaforth Highlanders
35
South Lancashire Regt
35
  8th Bn London Regt (P.O. Rifles)
33
East Yorkshire Regt
33
  Duke of Cornwalls Light Inf
32
Royal Irish Rifles
29
  Coldstream Guards
26
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
26
  Wiltshire Regt
26
7th Bn London Regt
22
  Scots Guards
22
Royal Scots Fusiliers
20
  Tank Corps
20
1st Bn London Regt (Royal Fusiliers)
19
  Irish Guards
19
Labour Corps
16
  Monmouthshire Regt
16
Hertfordshire Regt
15
  Royal Irish Regt
14
Royal Munster Fusiliers
14
  6th Bn London Regt (City of London Rifles)
13
Army Vetinary Corps
13
  12th Bn London Regt (The Rangers)
12
4th Bn London Regt (Royal Fusiliers)
12
  Royal Army Ordnance Corps
12
Cambridgeshire Regt
11
  Royal Irish Fusiliers
11
Royal Newfoundland Regt
11
  15th Bn London Regt (PWO Civil Service Rifles)
9
18th Bn London Regt (London irish Rifles)
9
  21st Bn London Regt (1st Surrey Rifles)
9
2nd Bn London Regt (Royal Fusiliers)
9
  Army Cyclist Corps
9
Guards Machine Gun Regt
9
  Military Police Corps
9
Welsh Guards
9
  12th (POW Royal) Lancers
8
14th Bn London Regt (London Scottish)
8
  20th Bn London Regt (Blackheath & Woolwich)
8
2nd (Queens Bays) Dragoon Guards
8
  7th (Princess Royals) Dragoon Guards
8
9th Bn London Regt (Queen Victorias Rifles)
8
  Connaught Rangers
8
Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Canada)
8
  13th Bn London Regt (Kensington)
7
3rd Bn London Regt (Royal Fusiliers)
7
  4th (Queens Own) Hussars
7
5th (Princess Charlotte of Wales’s) Dragoon Guards
7
  6th (Caribiniers) Dragoon Guards
7
Honourable Artillery Coy
7
  Leinster Regt
7
Queens Own Oxfordshire Hussars
7
  10th Bn London Regt (Hackney)
6
16th Bn London Regt (Queens Westminster Rfiels)
6
  22nd Bn London Regt (Queens)
6
24th Bn London Regt (Queens)
6
  19th (Queen Alexandras Own Royal Hussars
5
20th Hussars
5
  2nd (Royal Scots Greys) Dragoons
5
Chaplain to the Forces
5
  Fort Garry Horse
5
Machine Gun Corps (Cav)
5
  Mercantile Marine
5
17th Bn London Regt (Poplar & Stepney Rifles)
4
  5th Bn London Regt (London Rifle Brigade)
4
8th (Kings Royal Irish) Hussars
4
  9th (Queens Royal ) Lancers
4
British Red Cross Society
4
  Herefordshire Regt
4
Queen Mary Army Auxilliary Corps
4
  11th (Prince Alberts Own ) Hussars
3
15th (The Kings) Hussars
3
  16th (The Queens) Lancers
3
18th (Queen Mary’s Own) Hussars
3
  2/4th Bn London Regt (Royal Fusiliers)
3
6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons
3
  Kings Edwards Horse
3
North Irish Horse
3
  Royal Guernsey Light Inf
3
17th (Duke of Cambridge’s Own) Lancers
2
  1st Life Guards
2
2/12th Bn London Regt (The Rangers)
2
  2/8th Bn London Regt (P.O. Rifles)
2
28th Bn London Regt (Artists Rifles)
2
  2nd Life Guards
2
4th (Royal Irish) Dragoon Guards
2
  Lothian & Border Horse
2
Royal Horse Guards
2
  Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
2
Voluntary Aid Detachement
2
  10th (POW Own Royal) Hussars
1
11th Bn London Regt (Finsbury Rifles)
1
  2/14th Bn London Regt (London Scottish)
1
2/1st Bn London Regt (Royal Fusiliers)
1
  2/5th Bn London Regt (London Rifle Brigade)
1
2/6th Bn London Regt (City of London Rifles)
1
  21st (Empress of India’s) Lancers
1
23rd Bn London Regt
1
  25th Bn London Regt (Cyclist Btn)
1
29th Bn London Regt
1
  30th Bn London Regt
1
3rd (King’s Own) Hussars
1
  5th (Royal Irish) Lancers
1
Bedfordshire Yeomanry
1
  Civilian
1
Egyptian Labour Corps
1
  General List
1
Household Btn
1
  Leicestershire Yeomanry
1
North Somerset Yeomanry
1
  Northumberland Hussars
1
Queen Alexandrias Imperial Military Nursing Service
1
  Reserve Cavalry Regt
1
Yorkshire Hussars
1
   
Identified UK & Commonwealth Burials
8332
   
Italian Labour Corps   
4
Police Air Force    
2
French Army             
1
Czechoslovakian Army    
1
WW2  
310
Total known   
8650
Unidentified Burials
28
   
Total Burials
8678
   

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