The Western Front Today - London Cemetery & Extension
London Cemetery and Extension on the Somme battlefields was established in September 1916 with a mass burial of 47 men in a shell hole by the British 47th Division.
Today the cemetery
comprises approximately 3,300 burials in all following subsequent post-war
consolidation: fewer than 200 of these graves bear names, the remainder are
unknown. The cemetery also includes a memorial to 27 NCOs and men whose
graves are unknown.
The son of the leader of the British Labour Party, Arthur Henderson, is buried in the cemetery. David Henderson, a Captain in the Middlesex Regiment was killed while fighting in High Wood on 15 September 1916 aged 27.
The cemetery further includes a plot of Second World War burials.
Before Endeavours Fade, Rose E.B. Coombs, After the Battle 1994
Major & Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guide - Somme, Leo Cooper 2000
A "box barrage" was an artillery bombardment centred upon a small area.
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