From our 'War Picture of the Week' Archive
Tending Wargraves in France
Two members of the British Womens Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC) tending the graves of fallen soldiers.
Picture made by the official war photographer David McLellan on February 9th, 1918, in a cemetery at Abbeville (Northern France).
His picture on the right shows the same two women cleaning and working in the yard
During the war three British militairy hospitals were stationed in Abbeville - hence the need for a cemetery. When the communal graveyard was full, in September 1916, an extension was made.
Abbeville Communal Cemetery now contains 774 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and 30 from the Second. The Extension contains 1,754 First World War burials and 348 from the Second.
We have an heartbreaking story on a woman visiting a war grave in France, written by Rudyard Kipling. Read The Gardener.
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