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 Thiepval Memorial, Thiepval, Somme, France


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Latitude: 50.05059595259348, Longitude: 2.685685157775879

Notes:
On 1 July 1916, supported by a French attack to the south, thirteen divisions of Commonwealth forces launched an offensive on a line from north of Gommecourt to Maricourt. Despite a preliminary bombardment lasting seven days, the German defences were barely touched and the attack met unexpectedly fierce resistance. Losses were catastrophic and with only minimal advances on the southern flank, the initial attack was a failure.

In the following weeks, huge resources of manpower and equipment were deployed in an attempt to exploit the modest successes of the first day. However, the German Army resisted tenaciously and repeated attacks and counter attacks meant a major battle for every village, copse and farmhouse gained. At the end of September, Thiepval was finally captured.

The village had been an original objective of 1 July. Attacks north and east continued throughout October and into November in increasingly difficult weather conditions. The Battle of the Somme finally ended on 18 November with the onset of winter. In the spring of 1917, the German forces fell back to their newly prepared defences, the Hindenburg Line, and there were no further significant engagements in the Somme sector until the Germans mounted their major offensive in March 1918.

The Thiepval Memorial, the Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, bears the names of more than 72,000 officers and men of the United Kingdom and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 and have no known grave. Over 90% of those commemorated died between July and November 1916. The memorial also serves as an Anglo-French Battle Memorial in recognition of the joint nature of the 1916 offensive and a small cemetery containing equal numbers of Commonwealth and French graves lies at the foot of the memorial. The memorial, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, was built between 1928 and 1932 and unveiled by the Prince of Wales, in the presence of the President of France, on 1 August 1932.


Cemetery Photos

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CWGC Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France
CWGC Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France
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The Great War - Thiepval Memorial
CWGC - The Battle of the Somme 
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CWGC Commemoration: BOYCE, Frank Herbert (1916)
CWGC Commemoration: BOYCE, Frank Herbert (1916)
 
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CWGC Commemoration: EDWARDS, Walter Charles (1916)
CWGC Commemoration: EDWARDS, Walter Charles (1916)
 
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CWGC Commemoration: MITCHELL, Ernest (1916)
CWGC Commemoration: MITCHELL, Ernest (1916)
Serviceman 9112, 11th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment (Formerly, 2nd Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment, Ernest was serving in The Somme region of France, when he was killed in action on 9 July 1916. 
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CWGC Commemoration: PAGEN, Wilfred Robert (1916)
CWGC Commemoration: PAGEN, Wilfred Robert (1916)
 
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CWGC Commemoration: POOLE, Alfred Thomas (1916)
CWGC Commemoration: POOLE, Alfred Thomas (1916)
Serviceman G/29589, Alfred was serving with the 2nd Battalion Middlesex Regiment, when he was killed in action in the Somme region of France. 
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CWGC Commemoration: STARLING, Andrew Edward (1916)
CWGC Commemoration: STARLING, Andrew Edward (1916)
Serviceman (Sergeant) 5744, 1st Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry, Andrew was serving in the Somme region of France, when he was killed in action on 1 July 1916. 
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CWGC Commemoration: STEER, Joseph Daniel (1916)
CWGC Commemoration: STEER, Joseph Daniel (1916)
Joseph was serving with the 123rd Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), when he was killed in action. 
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CWGC Commemoration: STOKES, Arthur Alexander (1916)
CWGC Commemoration: STOKES, Arthur Alexander (1916)
Serviceman SP3050, Arthur was serving in the 24th Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers when he was killed in action near Thiepval Village in the Departement de la Somme, France on 30 July 1916, aged 22. 
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CWGC Commemoration: WINTERBOTHAM, Cyril William (1916)
CWGC Commemoration: WINTERBOTHAM, Cyril William (1916)
 
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CWGC Commemoration: WOOSTER, Reginald Joseph (1916)
CWGC Commemoration: WOOSTER, Reginald Joseph (1916)
Killed in Action during the 2nd Battle of the Somme 


All Burials

 #   Last Name, Given Name(s)   Buried   Person ID   Tree 
1. Boyce, Frank Herbert   d. 16 Sep 1916 Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France Find all individuals with events at this location I17335 Mitchell Families 
2. Edwards, Walter Claud   d. 1 Jul 1916 Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France Find all individuals with events at this location I28332 Mitchell Families 
3. Mitchell, Ernest   d. 7 Sep 1916 Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France Find all individuals with events at this location I9745 Mitchell Families 
4. Pagen, Wilfred Robert   d. 7 Oct 1916 Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France Find all individuals with events at this location I24053 Mitchell Families 
5. Poole, Alfred Thomas   d. 23 Oct 1916 Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France Find all individuals with events at this location I1892 Mitchell Families 
6. Starling, Andrew Edward   d. 1 Jul 1916 Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France Find all individuals with events at this location I12146 Mitchell Families 
7. Steer, Joseph Daniel   d. 17 Sep 1916 Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France Find all individuals with events at this location I18644 Mitchell Families 
8. Stokes, Arthur Alexander   d. 30 Jul 1916 Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France Find all individuals with events at this location I500 Mitchell Families 
9. Winterbotham, Cyril William   d. 27 Aug 1916 Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France Find all individuals with events at this location I15766 Winterbotham Families 
10. Wooster, Reginald Joseph   d. 15 Sep 1916 Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France Find all individuals with events at this location I12352 Mitchell Families