Devonshire Cemetery is a small Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) burial site for some of the British Empire and Commonwealth troops killed during the Battle of the Somme. It is located near to the village of Mametz. The cemetery grounds were assigned to the British Empire in perpetuity by the French state in recognition of the sacrifices made by the Allies in the defence of France during the First World War.PutDevonshire Cemetery into our Mametz journey builder tool and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
All but two of the graves in the cemetery are of men from the 8th and 9th Battalions of the Devonshire Regiment.
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Very moving small cemetery tucked away in a beautiful setting behind trees. We visited in the late afternoon when the light was wonderful
Very moving small cemetery tucked away in a beautiful setting behind trees. We visited in the late afternoon when the light was wonderful more »
After they were mown down by a single German machine gun post as they attacked, the decision was taken to bury the Devonshire Regiment's dead in their original trench. This has created a small...
After they were mown down by a single German machine gun post as they attacked, the decision was taken to bury the Devonshire Regiment's dead in their original trench. This has created a small... more »
As a Devonshire boy, I wanted to pay my respects to these brave gallant fellows. It is beautifully kept, with a visitors book and a book with a paragraph of who is buried here, which was surprising but delightful. Most of these boys were killed on the 1st day of the Battle of the Somme 01.07.1916. As the inscription on the handmade cross stated at the time...............The Devonshires held this trench, The Devonshires hold it still.... Rest easy boys.
One of the smaller commonwealth cemeteries , but size isn't everything. Historically, it's far more interesting than most of it's bigger counterparts. In the days following the big push of 1st July 1916, the survivors of the 8th & 9th Devonshires buried their fallen comrades in a mass grave in a section of the same trench from which their attack was launched on that fateful day. Today that section of trench is Devonshire Cemetery and the Devonshires hold it still. The cemetery does have it's own parking area but access to the cemetery itself is via a flight of stairs built into the hillside. This adds to the allure and mystery of the place but makes it awkward for those with mobility problems.
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