In memoriam

Roye New British Cemetery



Roye New British Cemetery, Somme, France. Roye was in German hands from 30 August 1914 until the French retook it on 17 March 1917. The town was recaptured by the Germans on 26 March 1918. Roye Old British Cemetery was made in March 1918 by the 53rd Casualty Clearing Station but there was little time to mark the graves before the town was captured by the Germans, who extended this cemetery for the burial of their own dead. In 1920 the Commonwealth graves were removed to Roye New British Cemetery, which was made after the Armistice when graves were brought in from the battlefields and surrounding burial grounds. The cemetery contains 565 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War. Some 153 of the burials are unidentified.

One man of the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron, Private James Frazer Johnston, is buried here. The location of his grave is shown on the CWGC cemetery plan below.



Information and cemetery plan sourced from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Image kindly provided by Pieter van Elteren from his traces of a war website