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War memorials

France: Serre Road Cemetery No.2, Beaumont-Hamel

Architect: Sir Edwin Lutyens
Owners: Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Location: Somme, France

One of the many cemeteries along the line of the 1916 Somme offensive, Serre Road No.2 was designed by Lutyens as Principal architect with Noël Ackroyd Rew as Assistant Architect. The pavilions flanking the Cross of Sacrifice and linked by a horizontal plateau are certainly in the Lutyens manner. The pavilions, both consisting of two shelters linked by a portal, display similarities with the pavilion at Grévillers British Cemetery, although the latter is in brick. The cemetery contains 3,365 burials.

Gavin Stamp

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