|Hem Farm Military Cemetery, Hem-Monacu|
Departement de la Somme
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Monacu and Hem-Monacu are two villages about 13 kilometres south-east of Albert, a little south of the road from Albert to Peronne and north of the River Somme. 16 kilometres from Albert on the D938 (Albert-Peronne), turn south on to the D146 to Hem-Monacu. After 500 metres turn west onto the D1 to Curlu. Continue for 1.2 kilometres and then turn south. Hem Farm Military Cemetery can be seen next to a large farmhouse 300 metres down this road. Hem Farm Military Cemetery lies to the west of the village of Hem.
Hem-Monacu was captured by French troops in the Battles of the Somme 1916, and taken over by British troops later in the year. Hem Farm Military Cemetery was begun by British troops in January, 1917, and used until the following March, and again in September, 1918; and these graves now form part of Plot I, Rows E, F and G. It was greatly enlarged after the Armistice by the concentration of graves from the battlefields on both sides of the Somme.
There are now nearly 600 World War I casualties commemorated at this site. Of these, one-third are unidentified and a special memorial is erected to one soldier from the United Kingdom, believed to be buried among them. Another special memorial records the name of a soldier from the United Kingdom, buried in Clery-sur-Somme French Military Cemetery, whose grave was destroyed by shell fire. The cemetery covers an area of 2,198 square metres and is enclosed by a red brick wall.
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