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“Souvenir Français” Chapel of Remembrance

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September 1916

This sector of the Somme saw heavy fighting during the final three months of the Battle of the Somme, from September to November 1916. Rancourt itself was finally captured by the 32nd French Army Corps on 25th September 1916. The main aim of the attack was to cut through major German communications along the Bapaume to Péronne road. 

French Remembrance

Containing the graves of 8,566 men, Rancourt Cemetery is the largest French military cemetery of the Somme and testifies to the violent battles that raged towards the end of the offensive. Contained within the perimeter of the cemetery is the French Chapel of Remembrance, which was erected by an association created by the Du Bos family in remembrance of their son, Jean, and his comrades who were killed in action on 25th September 1916. Management of the site was entrusted to the Souvenir Français association in 1937.

Three Cemeteries

Two other military cemeteres can be found within the boudaries of Rancourt. One contains the graves of 11,422 German soldiers, two thirds of whom died during the Battle of the Somme. While the other is a small Commonwealth cemetery with 93 burials, including three Second World War graves.

Useful information

Chapel of Remembrance
Open every day from 9am to 6pm (10am to 5pm from the 01/10 to the 31/03)
Free admission
2, route Nationale - 80360 Rancourt
Tel + 33 (0) 3 22 85 04 47
memorial-rancourt@neuf.fr

German Cemetery
Free access all year round
Cemetery maintained by Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge

British Cemetery
Free access all year round
Cemetery maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Longitude 2.916038 | Latitude 49.983256

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Rancourt chapelle du Souvenir Français HEADER©Nicolas Bryant
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POINT (2.916038 49.983256)