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Rosiéres Communal Cemetery Extension

Gazetteer No. G0767


Address Rosiéres, Somme France


The extension to the municipal cemetery was begun by Canadian troops in August 1918 when Rosières was captured from the Germans for the second time. The first graves lie in plot i, rows a-e. After the war, the cemetery was further extended with graves from the battlefield in the vicinity and from small cemeteries.

The rectangular field with graves has a central path from the entrance to the Cross of Sacrifice. The graves have been laid out symmetrically around this path in three rows of ten to twelve graves, six rows behind one another. The entrance is formed by a large stone plateau with two ‘gate pillars’ on either side of the entrance, a solution that assistant architect Goldsmith often applied for Lutyens, as in Monchy for example. The entrance has been incorporated in a hedge. On the short side, the cemetery is terminated with a low wall with three fruit trees in front of it. (Geurst, 2010, p.400)


Geurst, J. (2010) Cemeteries of the Great War by Sir Edwin Lutyens. Rotterdam: 010 Publishers.

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