IN MEMORy by Pierre Vandervelden

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

CABARET ROUGE British Cemetery (Souchez) (Pas de Calais France)

Page 1 The Pictures

Page 2 List of Casualties

Cpl Herbert Lawson 26/09/1915
for his Great Niece, Mrs Jan Webb
Lt Charles Morley Houfton 12/11/1915 aged 28
for Anthony Bagshaw (Mansfield Woodhouse UK)
Sjt Patrick Lenihan 1874 - 26/03/1915
Here with his daughter Margaret Mary aged 3.
His brother Pte Michael Lenihan was also in 2nd Bn Royal Munster Fusiliers was killed in action in Flanders on 08/10/1914, Buried in Charleroi Communal Cemetery;
His brother in law Pte William Lyons was in Royal Irish Fusiliers was killed in action in Flanders 08/08/1917, Buried Potijze Chateau Ground Cemetery.
Another brother survived WW1, Private Timothy Lenihan No: 10660 was in Devonshire Rgt.
for Aileen (Margaret Mary's daughter) and Jim Newcombe
S/Lt Sidney A. Goldsmid 07/11/1914
Rfm Frank Fleetwood 26/05/1916 aged 21
For Peter Brooksbank (Nova Scotia, Can.)
2nd/Lt Trevor Allington Crosland 22/06/1916 aged 19
For the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
Pte W. Chatwin 22/06/1916
For the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
Pte Alexander Smith Morton 28/10/1916 aged 21
He enlisted in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 01/10/1915 in the 92nd Highlanders Bn, along with his friend from Longford, Carl Filkin.
He was born 21/05/1895, in Rama Twp. (Longford Mills), a son of James Morton & Janet Smith McGill.
Alexander trained in Toronto, that he left in 04/1916, on arrival in England, he was transferred to the 15th Bn, a Toronto 48th Highland unit of the first contingent.
He had only been in the trenches, just one month, when he was KiA.
Pte Carl Filkin, who served with him wrote to his brother, " Alex, was hit with a piece of shrapnel in the right arm and that the missile pierced his chest. I helped to carry him to the dressing station but he died a few minutes after the wound was dressed"
A grave marker in the Longford Mills Cemetery also honours his sacrifice for our county.
for the Ramara Historical Society
Pte Arthur John Vaughan 11/03/1916
Arthur was a married man with 4 children residing at 19, Margaret Street, Walsall.
Employed as a miner at Leighswood Colliery, he enlisted in the Army at Darlaston in 02/1915 and was drafted to France on Saturday 01/05/1915 seeing active service at Neuve Chapelle, Bailleul and Ypres.
Arthur was killed when a shell burst close by him.
His bn were holding trenches near Souchez and Bois des Ecouloirs at the time and were subjected to intermittent shelling.
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Walsall
Pte Edward Walters 06/06/1916
Edward was a married man residing at 35, Whitehall Road, Palfrey with his wife and their five children.
Enlisting at Walsall during 09/1914, Edward was drafted to France on Wednesday 17/03/1915 and was killed while in trenches north of Arras.
At this time the bn were in the Vimy Ridge sector either training, supplying working parties or relieving other battalions in the front lines.
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Walsall
Gnr John Joseph Hatton 28/03/1918 aged 44
John was a married man residing at Providence Buildings, Walsall Road, Walsall Wood with his wife and 8 children.
Employed as a brickyard labourer John was mobilised on Tuesday 01/08/1916 being drafted overseas on Wednesday 30/01/1918.
At the time of his death his battery was sited at St. Laurent Blangy near Arras.
His step son, Pte Sidney Price, was also killed in the war on 24/04/1917 and is also commemorated on the Walsall Wood and Brownhills rolls of honour.
Sidney is buried in Loos en Gohelle British cemetery
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Walsall
Pte George Blakeway 19/05/1915
George was the son of John and Louisa Blakeway of 8, Highfield Passage, Walsall.
He served for 12 years in the Army and was wounded in the upper lip during the Boer War.
Called up on reserve, he was drafted to France on Tuesday 26/01/1915.
At the time of his death George’s bn had been taking part in attacks on Cour d’Avouene Farm, Festubert, north of Givenchy.
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Walsall
Pte William George Ward 10/03/1915 aged 28
William was a married man residing at Littleworth, Hednesford, there being two children to the marriage.
He was employed for six years at the Hednesford General Post Office, however he was working as a postman at the Walsall General Post Office when called up on reserve.
Drafted to France on Wednesday 12/08/1914, William was killed during the Battle of Neuve Chapelle when his bn were given the task of taking the German trenches north east of Givenchy.
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Walsall
A/S Howard Adams 31/12/1917 aged 20
Howard was born in Walsall to Frederick William and Eleanor Adams of 14, New Street, Walsall.
He enlisted in the Royal Navy on Monday 22/11/1915 and was drafted to France on Monday 09/10/1916 being killed in the fighting just north of Arras.
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Walsall
Gnr George Frederick Harley 23/05/1916 aged 20
He was the son of John and Louisa Harley of Bermondsey, London.
for his Great Niece Mrs Gillian Hoskins
George sitting far right
George is on the left
Lt Octavius Leslie Bearn 23/04/1917 aged 25
for Dave Donatelli (Can.)
Lt Bearn (front left) with others Officers of the 9th Bn Black Watch:
Back left, 2nd/Lt William Anderson 23/04/1917, buried in Duisans British Cem.
Back right, Lt James N. Humble who survived the war.
Front middle, Major Henry Francis Farquharson Murray 23/08/1917 buried in Brandhoek New Mil. Cem N°3.
Front right, Capt Leonard Graeme Morrison 23/04/1917, buried in Guemappe Brit Cem
Pte Sidney T. Abnett 24/04/1917
for his great nephew Hans Olsen
Pte Henry Charles Williams 21/03/1916 aged 18
Henry, 20th (County of London) Bn (Blackheath and Woolwich), London Regiment was killed in action.
He was the only son (he had sisters) of Henry Charles and Mary Ann Williams of 155 Killearn Road, Catford.
He enlisted at Blackheath and arrived in France on the 09/03/1915.
Following his death his officer wrote to his parents:
“It is with the deepest regret that I write to tell you of the death of your son, who was killed two days ago in the trenches by a rifle grenade.
Death was instantaneous so that he suffered no pain at all.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew him, for he was a hard worker and one who was always cheerful.
He was buried that night by the chaplain in a little British cemetery which lies just behind the firing line, and a cross will be erected over the grave to give us a visible reminder of a valuable life lost.
You have the small consolation that he died doing well the duty which so many at home still wish to shirk.”
In 03/1917 the following In Memoriam notice appeared in the Kentish Mercury:
“In loving memory of our only son and brother, Harry, of the London Regiment, killed in action, March 21st 1916 – Mum, Dad and Sisters.
A year has passed. Oh how we miss him.
Some may think the wound has healed.
Yet they little know the sorrow That is within our hearts concealed”.
for Kevin Loughnane (Catford Roll of Honour)
Lt/Col Frederick Charles France - Hayhurst 09/05/1915 aged 43
For the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
Pte Fred Vale 22/06/1916 aged 26
For the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
Lt Sydney Sutcliffe 02/10/1917 aged 24
For the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
Pte Paxton Mallaby Dent 10/10/1890 - 28/04/1915
for Simon Coxall
and the Bancrofts School, Woodford Green, Essex.
More about Paxton here
Cpl Frank Teare 1889 - 10/04/1917
for Michael Teare
Frank is honoured here.
Pte Enoch Hancox 30/06/1918
Enoch was born in Cannock, the youngest son of James and Lucy Hancox of New Street, Chasetown.
His father, a Liberal councillor and a skilled orator and musician, being a coal mine hewer.
Educated at Chasetown Primary School, Enoch was later employed as a colliery banksman at No.2 Pit, Norton Canes.
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Walsall
L/Cpl William Rae McCall 07/11/1915 aged 20
for his great nephew David Harvey and his wife Christine
also for his nephew Jack Wallace in Toronto Canada and his niece Jean Harvey in Campbeltown Scotland


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