IN MEMORy by Pierre Vandervelden

The visit of Commonwealth graves in Communals Cemeteries & Churchyards in Belgium & France

BUCQUOY ROAD Cemetery (Ficheux) (Pas de Calais France)

Page 1 The Pictures

Page 2 List of Casualties

Pte J. P. Shelton 02/04/1917
Pte Edward John Williams 17/12/1917 aged 25
He was son of Thomas R. and Elisabeth Williams of Bethesda. He having enlisted at the end of 1915. He was sent to Aldershot for two months before being sent to France. He had only just returned from a ten day break to Bethesda to see his family when he was killed. His father was the precentor at Brynteg Chapel.
For Iwan Hughes (North Wales)
Pte Frederick Sims 07/04/1917 aged 34
Fred was the son of Mrs Elizabeth Sims of Westcott, Sparsholt near Wantage. He was a Drayman for a Brewery before the war and was one of 4 men killed on a patrol near Neuville Vitasse.Mill (a German Strongpoint). The others being 43300 Pte F Howard, 2nd Lt H V Hobbs and 2nd Lt V E Rallinson. Howard and Hobbs are buried at Bucquoy and Rallinson at London Cemetery Neuville Vitasse.
For Trevor Hancock (Wantage)
Fitter Staff Sjt Adam Harkness Lister MM 08/10/1918 aged 32
Died from wounds received 05/10/1918.
On the right photo, he wears the uniform of the South African Witwatersrand Rifles, with whom he fought in German South West Africa before returning to Scotland and rejoining the British Army.
For his Grandson Lister M. Matheson.
L/Cpl Henry Fox 24/04/1917 aged 24
For the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
Pte Private Frederick Alexander Stewart MM 24/08/1918 aged 20
He won the MM as a company runner.
Family photo, Frederick, standing left, near his older brother Frank, who also served in the war and survived.
Middle row, their parents and uncle.
Front, their siters, Marjorie and Nancy.
for his Great Nephew Roderick Stewart Gourlay (Marjorie's Grandson)
Rod's Great Grandfather, Pte David Anderson Alexander is buried in Les Baraques Mil. Cem.
Lt Louis Robert Maioni MC 29/09/1918 aged 29
He was born in Norfolk, England, son of Louis Maioni and Adelaide Rowland.
for his great nephew Graham Rowland
Pte Joseph Standing Buffalo 29/09/1918 aged 20
Joseph was the grandson of the Indian's Chief Sitting Bull
Pte Frank Lowbridge 23/08/1918
A native of Walsall, Frank was a single man living with his mother, Mary, at 94, Burrowes Street, Walsall.
At the time of his enlistment in the Army at Walsall in 1915 he was employed by E. Jeffries and Son of Bridge Street, Walsall.
Frank was killed during his bn’s attack on Ervillers, four miles north of Bapaume. The attack commenced at 11 am on the day of his death with the bn’s objective being the capture of the German trenches 200 yards east of the village.
The attack was supported by 3 tanks that dealt with a majority of the enemy machine gun nests.
By 12.30 pm the first objectives west of the village had been taken and a box barrage was placed around the village allowing the ground troops to almost surround the village.
When the barrage was lifted the bn entered and cleared the village of the enemy capturing 500 Germans.
The cost to the battalion for the day was 189 casualties.
for his nephew David Kingstone
and for Graeme Clarke and the people of Walsall
Pte William Hannon 28/03/1917
William was a married man residing at 53, Balls Street, Walsall with his wife and their four children.
He enlisted in the North Staffordshire Rgt at the outbreak of war and served at Gallipoli and Egypt before being drafted to France and transferred to the South Staffordshire Rgt.
William was killed during an attack on Croiselles, east of St. Leger, an important observation point which was believed to be lightly held.
The attack commenced at 5.45 am on the morning of his death however it was immediately realised that the area was bristling with enemy machine guns.
One coy fought their way to the uncut German wire on the edge of Croiselles but could go no further and retired to a sunken road where it was shelled.
Another coy came under machine gun fire from the moment the attack began and was soon surrounded by the enemy and most men were killed or captured.
The attack cost the bn 134 men for no gain.
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Walsall
Pte Thomas B. Reed 20/05/1940 aged 21
Son of John Young Reed and Isabella Reed, he was born in Watsons Buildings, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham and lived at 16 Whitewell Terrace, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
He was former Miner at Clara Vale Colliery. (occasionally at the Catherine Pit).
Thomas was educated at Ryton schools. He was a member of Ryton Holy Cross Church Choir and Ryton Boy Scouts.
His sports varied but his main passion was playing tennis.
Thomas joined the Territorials pre war and refused exemption to be released as a Class B.
He was sent out to France with his unit , fought a rearguard action against the advancing German forces.
It was not until 1946 that his parents found out the circumstances surrounding his death.
A comrade visited his parents and informed them that Thomas was lying gravely wounded when a German tank ran over him and death was instantaneous.
for Jim Tuckwell
Lt William John Davies 14/10/1918 aged 32
He was a Master at Tynemouth School, Tynemouth.
for Dr H.J. Krijnen
Pte Arthur Octave Gallant 28/09/1918 aged 21
He was the son of Octave Gallant and Suzanne Martin of Howlan in the parish of St. Anthony's, Bloomfield, Prince Edward Island, Canada.
Arthur was a member of the 105th bn out of Price Edward Island but died as a member of a Winnipeg bn.
He was fatally wounded at Bourlon, France in 09/1918 by shrapnel from an enemy artillery shell.
Arthur's British War Medal and Victory Medal and his Dead Penny.
for his nephew Gary Galant
More about Arthur here


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