Contay British Cemetery, Contay

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Contay British Cemetery
Cemetery Contay British.jpg
Country: France
Location: Somme
Coordinates: 49°59′55″N 2°28′58″E / 49.99861, 2.48278
Type: Public
Owned by: Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Number of gravesites: 1,130
Website: Contay British Cemetery

The Contay British Cemetery is a cemetery in the Somme region of France containing the graves of Canadians killed during the Great War.


The site was chosen in August 1916 for burials from the 49th Casualty Clearing Station, which arrived at Contay at the end of August. It was joined by the 9th CCS in September. All the burials in Plots I to IV and the majority of those in Plots VII and VIII (the plot numbers V and VI were not used) cover the period August 1916 to March 1917. Most of them were made from these two clearing stations.

The German withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line in the spring of 1917 brought the medical units further east and it was not until April 1918, when the Germans advanced to Albert, that the 38th and other Divisions used the cemetery again, completing Plots VII and VIII and forming the two rows in Plot IX. The last burial took place in August 1918.

Contay British Cemetery contains 1,133 First World War burials.


Contay is a village on the main road, Amiens to Arras. The Cemetery lies on the left (north east) side of the road to Franvillers. There is a CWGC road sign next to the church and square of the village and next to the D23, Franvillers - Corbie, sign. The distance from the CWGC sign to the Cemetery is approximately 650 metres.

"We Rest Here"

The following Signals related person is buried here.

Headstone Service Number Rank and Name Grave Location
Postill, Vernon Frank grave marker.jpg
164325 Spr V.F. Postill IV. B. 6.

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