Somme WW1 Battlefield, July 1st-November 1916, France. German Military Cemetery at Rancourt. February 2014
Somme WW1 Battlefield, July 1st-November 1916, France. German Military Cemetery at Rancourt ( Rancourt Soldatenfriedhof ). February 2014
There are only a few graves here from the early months of the war. Two thirds of the dead lying here are from the Battle of the Somme between July and November 1916. Most of the remainder are from the summer of 1918.
In 1929 repairs were carried out following negotiations with the French Government and the mass graves were given a proper wall and planted with roses. Trees were planted and the cemetery was inaugurated on 17 September 1933.
The problem of how to mark the names of the fallen had to wait until the end of the Second World War for a solution and eventually in 1972 the wooden crosses were replaced with crosses made from Belgian granite.
There are two mass graves containing the remains of 7,492 soldiers of whom only 2,316 could be identified.