Guillemont is a commune approximately 13 km (8 mi) east of Albert in the Somme department in Hauts-de-France in northern France.

It, like much of the surrounding area, is primarily an agricultural community, but is known for its large Commonwealth War Graves cemetery, which has many visitors. The cemetery began as a field graveyard after the Battle of Guillemont, but was quickly expanded after the Armistice when graves from surrounding areas were centralized here.[1]

Guillemont high street in 1916

In World War I, Guillemont was one of several important strategic areas controlled by Germans that effectively divided allied forces. It was exchanged several times during the war, before being finally taken and held by the British 20th (Light) Division and the 47th Brigade of the 16th (Irish) Division.

Notable burials

See also


  1. ^ "Guillemont Road Cemetery". CWGC. Retrieved 6 June 2017. 
  2. ^ Plot I, Row B, Grave 3, headstone inscribed 'Small time but in that small most greatly lived this star of England', see Raymond Asquith entry at CWGC (1916-09-15), accessed 23 October 2017
  3. ^ Helen McPhail, Philip Guest, Sassoon & Graves: on the Trail of the Poets of the Great War (2001), p. 175

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