In Memory of

Edmund Sole



2nd Bn., Bedfordshire Regiment

who died on

Wednesday, 10th November 1915. Age 26.


Commemorative Information


Grave Reference/ Panel Number: III. D. 2.

Location: The town of Abbeville is on the main road from Paris to Boulogne, about 80 kilometres south of Boulogne. On reaching Abbeville from Boulogne on the N1 at the roundabout, take the right turn immediately BEFORE the Boulogne Road direction. A CWGC direction sign is on site. Enter the Communal Cemetery by the left hand side main gate and follow CWGC signs within the Cemetery.

Historical Information: Abbeville, was during the greater part of the war, under various titles, the headquarters of the British Lines of Communication; and three Hospitals were stationed there from 1915 to 1919. The first British burials in the communal cemetery took place from November, 1914, to October, 1915, in the two French military plots. Plots III., IV., V. and VI. are in the North corner next to the extension, and include burials from October, 1915, to September, 1916. During the 1939-45 War it was one of the main operational aerodromes of the Air Components in 1940; but Abbeville, the last crossing over the Somme, fell to the enemy at the end of May of that year. On June 4th, 1940, the British 51st Division in conjunction with the French unsuccessfully attacked this bridgehead, suffering heavy losses. Towards the end of 1943 there existed near Abbeville no less than eight large ski-shaped buildings at first thought to be launching sites for flying bombs. It was found that they were storage buildings for the bomb components, and they were heavily bombed. Abbeville was re-taken on September 4th, 1944, by Canadian and Polish units. There are now nearly 800, 1914-18 and 30, 1939-45 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, a small number from the 1939-45 War are unidentified.


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