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Visit of Delville Wood



With 5 521 servicemen buried or commemorated, Delville Wood Cemetery is the third largest cemetery of the Somme Battlefield.

It is a post-war cemetery made by the concentration of several cemeteries and isolated graves of the neighbourhood. Thatís why the unnamed graves represent nearly two thirds of the whole.

The unnamed graves number 3 590. There are 26 Special Memorials erected to British soldiers and 1 South African soldier, known or believed to be buried among them. Three other special memorials record the names of British soldiers, fallen in 1915 and buried in Courcelette by the Germans, whose graves were destroyed by shell fire.

The last inhumations in Delville Wood Cemetery dates from 1984 when three unknown soldiers found during the building of the South African Museum were buried in Plot XIII, Row J.

South Africans buried in

Delville Wood Cemetery

Most represented divisions

14th (Light) Division

Clearing and taking of Delville Wood

7th Division

Delville Wood / Attacks on Ginchy

9th (Scottish) Division

Taking of Longueval/Delville Wood

5th Division

Longueval-Delville Wood/Attacks on Guillemont -Taking of Falfemont Farm

Most represented units

King's Royal Rifles Corps

South African Infantry

Royal Welsh Fusiliers

London Regiment



Royal Fusiliers

Royal Warwickshire Regiment

Northumberland Fusiliers

Manchester Regiment

Delville Wood Cemetery "floppy map"

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