The Western Front Today - Polygon Wood Cemetery

Located in Polygon Wood the Polygon Wood cemetery - along with Buttes New British cemetery (which includes a panel dedicated to the New Zealand 'Missing') and the 5th Australian Division Memorial - contains a relatively small number of burials, 118 graves.

Of this number the majority are of New Zealand servicemen - 57.  There are also 32 U.K., 1 German plus 28 unknown burials.  There are also 17 special U.K. memorials and 13 special New Zealand memorials.

Formerly there was a German cemetery containing 347 graves: these have since been relocated elsewhere.

Film Footage of Polygon Wood Cemetery

Before Endeavours Fade, Rose E.B. Coombs, After the Battle 1994
Major & Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guide - Somme, Leo Cooper 2000

A "listening post" was an advanced post, usually in no-man's land, where soldiers tried to find out information about the enemy.

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