Albert was the hub of all Allied activity during the Battle of the Somme.
Albert was heavily bombarded, but superstition had it that while the virgin remained on top of the Basilique’s tower, Albert would not be captured by the Germans.
Brigadier General Henry Frederick Hugh Clifford, DSO, commanding officer of the 149th Brigade of the Suffolk Regiment is buried in Albert Communal Cemetery.
Bécourt Military Cemetery contains a total of 712 graves comprising 606 from the United Kingdom, 72 from Australia, 31 (nearly all Artillerymen) from Canada and three from South Africa. There are eight unnamed graves. A special memorial is erected to a soldier from the United Kingdom buried in one of the graves.
Norfolk Cemetery contains a total of 549 graves comprising 407 from the United Kingdom, nine from Australia, three from South Africa, two from Canada, one from New Zealand, one from India and 125 whose unit is not known. There are 224 unnamed graves in the cemetery.