Serre Road No 3 Cemetery

The village of Serre is 11 kilometres north-north-east of Albert. Using the D919 from Arras to Amiens you will drive through the villages of Bucquoy, Puisieux, then Serre Les Puisieux (approximately 20 kilometres south of Arras). On leaving Serre Les Puisieux, 600 metres further along the D919, there is a right turn onto a small lane which will take you directly to Serre Road No.3 Cemetery. It must, however, be emphasised that this lane is not suitable for cars and buses.

The “Serre Road” was, in June 1916, the road leading out of Mailly-Maillet, in British hands, and entering No Man’s Land about 1,170 metres South-West of Serre, which was held by the Germans. The 31st and 4th Divisions attacked North and South of this road on the 1st July 1916; parties of the 31st Division reached Serre, but the attack failed. The 3rd and 31st Divisions renewed the attempt, without success, on the 11th November. The Germans evacuated Serre on the 24th February 1917, and the 22nd Manchesters entered the village on the following morning. In the spring of 1917, the battlefields of the Ancre were cleared by the V Corps and a number of cemeteries made, three of which are named from the Serre Road. They fell into enemy hands on the 25th March 1918 but were recovered on the following 14th August.

Serre Road Cemetery No. 3, was made by the V Corps in the spring of 1917. There are now over 80, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, over half are unidentified and special memorials are erected to four men who are known or believed to be buried among them. The cemetery covers an area of 293 square metres and is enclosed by a rubble wall.

Number of burials by Unit

West Yorkshire Regt.
17
East Lancashire Regt.
6
Royal Welsh Fusiliers
3
Royal Scots Fusiliers
2
East Yorkshire Regt.
1
Gordon Highlanders
1
King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regt.
1
King’s Shropshire Light Inf.
1
Machine Gun Corps (Inf.)
1
Suffolk Regt.
1
York and Lancaster Regt.
1
Identified burials
35
Unidentified UK burials:
49
Total burials
84

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