Cemeteries
Cemeteries

There are hundreds of War Graves in Northern France, from the huge to the modest. They differ according to the different nationalities. 

French Cemetery at Crayonne

French Cemetery at Crayonne

Crayonne lies in the Ainse Valley.  The cemetery is the final resting place for nearly  4,000 French bodies, nearly half of which are in two Ossuaries.  There are also 24 British and 2 Belgian soldiers buried here.

Fricourt

Fricourt

A cold, foggy winter day at Fricourt, in the Somme. The British Cemetery is in the midst of muddy fields at the western edge of the village

The German Cemetery at Fricourt

The German Cemetery at Fricourt

Men on all sides were buried in mass graves, in graveyards which often were not far from each other. This cemetery is only a few hundred yards from the British cemetery. The pebble on top of the Jewish headstone indicates that someone has visited the grave, and followed tradition by placing a pebble on the top of the headstone.

An Ossuary bearing a wreath

An Ossuary bearing a wreath

As well as 5,057 bodies buried in individual graves in the Fricourt German cemetery, four communal graves (known as Ossuaries) hold the remains of 11,970 German soldiers;  the identity of 6,477 remains unknown. Names of those known to be buried in the Ossuaries are engraved on metal tablets at the rear of the cemetery.