Accompanied by his "runner", Edmund Blunden acting as Brigade Intelligence Officer, frequently passed down a communication trench through the churchyard and he writes of the time, when in 1917 he observed the church and the cemetery:- "……one lost its architectural distinctions……..one’s eye managed to register nevertheless a number of wooden crosses.

The crosses Blunden saw were those placed over the graves of a number of officers from the Guards and Household Cavalry who had been killed in action early in November 1914 when they were rushed forward to save the British Line at nearby Shrewsbury Forest.

As a number of the headstones mark the graves of members of the British (and French) aristocracy the cemetery is often called the "Aristocrats’ Cemetery".

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