Departement du Pas-de-Calais
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Gommecourt and Hébuterne are villages approximately 20 kilometres south-west of Arras. Hébuterne remained in Allied hands from March 1915 to the Armistice, although during the German advances of the summer of 1918, it was practically on the front line. Gommecourt and Gommecourt Wood were attacked by the 56th (London) and 46th (North Midland) Divisions on 1 July 1916 with only temporary success, but the village was occupied by the 31st and 46th Divisions on the night of 27-28 February 1917, remaining in Allied hands until the Armistice.
Gommecourt British Cemeteries No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 were made in 1917 when the battlefields were cleared. No. 2 cemetery originally contained 101 graves of 1 July 1916, almost all of the 56th Division, which form Plot I of the cemetery as it is today. The burials in No. 1, No. 3 and No. 4 were moved into No. 2 after the Armistice, along with other graves from the neighbouring battlefields. Gommecourt British Cemetery No.2 now contains 1357 First World War burials and commemorations. 682 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to 33 casualties known or believed to be buried among them. The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.