Dranouter was occupied by the 1st Cavalry Division on the 14th October, 1914. It was captured by the Germans on the 25th April, 1918, in spite of the stubborn resistance of the 154th French Division, and it was recaptured by the 30th Division on the 30th August, 1918. Dranoutre Churchyard was used for British burials from October, 1914 and July, 1915. Six small plots were made: I and II at the West end, alongside the road; III, IV and V round the West end of the church; and VI along the South boundary of the churchyard. In 1923 it became necessary to move 19 graves (Plot IV, V and part of III) to Dranoutre Military Cemetery, to allow of the rebuilding of the church.
There are now nearly 80, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, a small number are unidentified.
Burials (Commonwealth War Graves Commission):