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Longueval is the next place on our tour of the Battlefields of the Somme. This small village is in the middle of the countryside. There are just a few houses and a shop plus a cross road. Today it is hard to see any military reason for the fighting there.

Our visit to Longueval was also to find the grave of EDWARD JOSEPH DICKENS aged 21 who was killed in the fighting there. We were asked by a visitor to our site from Australia if we could get a photo of his headstone. There are several military graveyards in the area. The one we were looking for was at the side of the road coming into the village Longueval Road Cemetery


Longueval village Somme

The village and a sign on the wall of the cemetery

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The Longueval cemetery and the grave of EDWARD JOSEPH DICKENS in the middle. The small graveyard had 185 British soldiers 8 Canadian and 1 German soldier

Longueval road cemetery

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World War I battles at the village of Longueval on the Somme .

It is also known as Somme Offensive which began in July 1916 and continued to September of the same year.

It is recorded as the largest and the most devastating of all the battles fought during the World War I. The Allied powers comprising of the then Russia, France, Britain, Italy and United States. Wanted to combat the German forces along a 12 mile front situated on the northern and southern side of the River Somme .

The major aim was to divert the German forces from the battle of Verdun, which was going on with the French army, The most critical of all the battles fought in the World War I, but resulted in a loss surpassing the Verdun battle.

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