Corbie is a small town some 15 kilometres East of Amiens; situated between the River Somme and its tributary the River Ancre. For most of the First World War Corbie lay behind the front line and it was for this reason that in 1915 it became a medical centre with
two Casualty Clearing Stations (No 5 and No 21) based in its suburb of La Neuville.
Corbie Communal Cemetery Extension lies north of the town down a
small road, Rue des Longues Vignes, just
beyond and opposite the hospital. The
entrance then lies on the left, up a small
slope, with the ‘Cross of Sacrifice’ facing
you at the top. It houses 915 First World
War CWGC graves. There are three more
cemeteries with CWGC graves in the town;
Corbie Communal Cemetery (249 WWI graves)
which is adjacent to Corbie Communal
Cemetery Extension, La Neuville
British Cemetery (861 WWI graves) and La
Neuville Communal Cemetery (186 WWI graves).
All contain graves of Merseyside men.
Prior to the photographs of the graves at
Corbie Communal Cemetery Extension being
taken (on a very wet afternoon, 4th August
2011), the McCann family had identified
thirty-three of those buried there as
being men from Liverpool and ten more as
belonging to men from the greater Merseyside
region, plus one from Chester.
All, for whom
are extant, died from wounds in No 5
Casualty Clearing Station. Three further
local casualties have been identified since
the 2011 visit.
In Major and Mrs. Holt’s Battlefield
Guide to the Somme, they write, when
describing the Somme as it is now, that boat
trips can be taken along it, "which with no
great stretch of the imagination, will
conjure up pictures of the hospital barges
which plied from the battle area to Amiens
after the 1 July 1916 battles". Perhaps that
was the way that many of these soldiers also
made their way to Corbie.
The stories of these soldiers, be they
musicians, policemen or sailors can be
followed via the links below.