The national necropolis of Dompierre-Becquincourt
La nécropole nationale de Dompierre-Becquincourt. © ECPAD
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The national necropolis of Dompierre-Becquincourt contains the remains of soldiers who died for France during the fighting on the Somme during the First World War. Created in 1920, it was redesigned in 1935 and 1936 to receive soldiers’ bodies exhumed from other military cemeteries in the region.
The necropolis contains 7,033 bodies, including 5,362 in individual or collective graves. Four ossuaries contain the remains of 1,671 unknown soldiers. The cemetery also contains the remains of one German, one Russian, one Swede, one Belgian and many Foreign Legion volunteers of various origins (including Denmark, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Spain) who died during the Great War. There are also many colonial soldiers, infantrymen from Senegal and Algeria, cavalrymen and also troops from Indochina, who were heavily involved in the fighting on the Somme.
From the Second World War there is just one soldier, Olivier Kohn, who died on 9th June 1940 and rests in grave number 3815.
At the entrance to the cemetery is a monument paid for by the Italian community in the region, a symbol of Franco-Italian friendship that was inaugurated on 11th October 1923.
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