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b3rn

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Where were the 29th and the 3rd Australian CCS's located? ... at a guess in the field between the cemetery and the railway line ... but does anyone have more precise locations / photos / map references?

3ACCS were at this location from April—July 1917.

We carried on at Edgehill until 7.4.17 when orders were received to move forward to Grevilliers near Bapaume which had fallen to our Second Australian Division about three weeks before. We had to fill in Shell holes and pitch tents. At Midday 9.4.17 the Unit commenced to receive all classes of cases. The size of the camp was gradually extended to cope with the enormous number of wounded which were being received from Lagnicourt and Bullecourt. No.3 British CCS., and later on No.29 British C.C.S., joined us at Grevilliers.

'Early History,' War Diary, April—May 1919

Photo of 3ACCS at Grevillers on the AWM site.

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I think this late August 1918 1:20000 trench map confirms your thoughts (care of Linesman)

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The red lines are approximate cemetery boundaries from modern map.

Jim

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Thank you Jim, much appreciated.

A favour - could you check the area around the Dernancourt cemetery?

From CWGC:

The XV Corps Main Dressing Station was formed at Dernancourt in August 1916, when the adjoining EXTENSION was opened. The 45th and 1st/1st South Midland Casualty Clearing Stations came in September 1916 and remained until March 1917. The 3rd Australian was here in March and April 1917, and the 56th from April 1917 to February 1918. The 3rd Casualty Clearing Station came in March 1918 but on 26 March, Dernancourt was evacuated ahead of the German advance, and the extension remained in their hands until the village was recaptured on 9 August by the 12th Division and the 33rd American division. In September it was again used by the 47th, 48th and 55th Casualty Clearing Stations under the name of “Edgehill”, due to the rising ground on the north-west. At the Armistice, the Extension contained more than 1,700 burials; it was then enlarged when graves were brought in from small cemeteries and isolated positions in the immediate neighbourhood.

I have been working off AWM photos from June 1918 that show the 'old Casualty Clearing Station' - link. But not found any other markers...

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