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Somme American Cemetery
Bony, France

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Somme American Cemetery

GPS: 49.984968, 3.213362

American Cemetery
02420, Bony, France

Published: November 30, 2019
Total records: 2,169

Somme American Cemetery was built and is maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission.

Somme American Cemetery is situated a half mile southwest of the village of Bony (Aisne), France, which is one and half miles west of highway D1044, 13 miles north of St. Quentin and 14 miles southwest of Cambrai.

Cemetery History

The 14 acre Somme American Cemetery is situated on a gentle slope, typical of the open, rolling Picardy countryside. The cemetery is named afte the region in which the American 1st, 30th, 33rd, and 80th Divisions and the 6th and 11th Engineers fought during the period between March 1917 and September 1918.

It is the final resting place of many of the American war dead who fought at Cambrai, Hamel, in front of Amiens, and during the Hindenburg Offensive.

The cemetery was first established as a temporary cemetery by the American Graves Registration Service following the offensive in 1918. It was known as the American Expeditionary Forces' Somme Cemetery No. 636. After the war, the other temporary cemeteries in the area were discontinued and the military dead of the region whose next-of-kin requested burial overseas were moved to the Somme American Cemetery for permanent interment.

Post-war administration of the cemetery passed to the American Battle Monuments Commission in 1934. The Commission landscaped the grounds and constructed the memorial chapel and other permanent buildings. The cemetery was dedicated on 30 May 1937.

Cemetery Records

The following records were acquired from the American Battle Monuments Commission on Novemeber 30, 2019. Dates of death range from 6-Jun-1917 to 10-Oct-1919. Some 332 of these records are those of soldiers whose bodies were missing, and not recovered. They are denoted in these records with the words, "Tablets of the Missing", referring to a special section of the cemetery where they have been remembered.


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