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Grand Ravine British Cemetery

Grand Ravine British Cemetery

Grand Ravine Cemetery contains 139 British burials. The name implies some massive fissure, but Grand Ravine is in fact very shallow and the cemetery is overlooked by the woods around Havrincourt Chateau.

The cemetery is in a remote field approached down a dirt track through farmland and winds through Havrincourt Wood to the cemetery site. Havrincourt village was captured by the 62nd (West Riding) Division on 20 November 1917, but was lost on 23 March 1918, by the German Spring Offensive. It was retaken on 12 September by the 62nd Division, who held it against a counter-attack the following day.

 

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