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Pas de Calais – Gommecourt British Cemetery No 2, Hebuterne

Private John Deighton, who died on 5th April 1918, is buried in Gommecourt British Cemetery No 2, Hebuterne, Pas de Calais (plot V F 2).  Gommecourt is a village 19 kilometres south-west of Arras.

Hebuterne village remained in Allied hands from March 1915 to the Armistrice, although during the German advances of the summer of 1918, it was practically on the front line.

Gommecourt British Cemeteries Nos 1, 2, 3 and 4 were made in 1917 when the battlefields were cleared.  No 2 originally contained 101 graves of 1st July 1916 (almost all of the 56th Division) which form Plot I of the cemetery as it is today.  After the Armistice, graves from the neighbouring battlefields were added.  A Burial Return reveals that Private Deighton’s body was reburied at No 2 on 16th October 1919.

Gommecourt British Cemetery No 2 now contains 1,357 First World War burials and commemorations, over half of whom are unidentified.  The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.

Gommecourt British Cemetery
Gommecourt British Cemetery, © The War Graves Photographic Project.