IN MEMORy by Pierre Vandervelden

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

CEMENT HOUSE Cemetery (Langemark) (West Vlaanderen Belgium)

Page 1 The Pictures

Page 2 List of Casualties

Pte Frederick George Rogers and Pte Albert Ernest Lovatt aged 29, both K.I.A. 12/10/1917
They became inseparable mates during basic training.
During an attack, near Langemarck railway, the two of them were last seen helping each other back ( one or both being wounded).
They are buried side by side, Frederick on left on the two photographs, and Albert on right.
Best friends in Life and Death.
Pte Arthur Townroe 10/11/1918
for Anthony Bagshaw (Mansfield Woodhouse U.K.)
Cpl James Turburfield 17/11/1917 aged 35
for James Turburfield Oxford (Eng.)
Rfm John B. Welsh 20/09/1917
John was born in Wednesbury, the son of Alexander John and Rebecca Welsh of 5, Hospital Street, Walsall.
He enlisted in the Army during 03/1915 at which time he was employed by the British Electrical Traction Company of Darlaston.
Drafted to France in 03/1916, John was killed during an attack north east of Langemarck.
The attack commenced at 5.40 am on the day of his death with the bn over-running the first trench line and advancing to ‘t Goed ter Vesten Farm where they were relived by the 11th Bn, Rifle Brigade. Eagle Trench was then occupied and a counter attack made by the Germans at 8.30 am was successfully beaten off.
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Walsall
Pte Walter Hopkins 22/05/1897 - 07/03/1918
Walter was born in Whitacre, Warwickshire, the youngest son of William and Elizabeth Hopkins of The Hollies, Over Whitacre, his father being a farmer.
Local newspapers reported that Walter was ‘formerly of 9, Butts Street, Walsall’.
He was educated at Nether Whitacre School and was employed in muntions work when he enlisted in the Army in Birmingham on Tuesday 10/04/1917.
He was drafted to France on Tuesday 17/07/1917.
On Monday 04/03/1918 his bn moved from Kempton Park Camp, south of St. Julien, relieving the Cameron Highlanders in the front line.
On the morning of Wednesday 06/03/1918 the Germans raided a post at Meunier House. The raid was driven off but at a cost of 3 men killed and 5 wounded. The bn then remained in the trenches subjected to normal trench warfare.
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Walsall
Sjt Howard Bird 12/10/1917 aged 26
A married man with one child boarding with the Adams family at 4, Adams Street, Walsall, Howard was employed at Parkes and Gnosill Limited of Regent Street, Walsall when he enlisted in the Army at Darlaston at the outbreak of war.
He was drafted to France on Wednesday 12/08/1914.
Howard was killed by a sniper during an attack on trenches north east of Pilckem during the First Battle of Passchendaele.
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Walsall
Pte George Henry Brown 12/10/1917 aged 26
George was married to Annie and resided at 60, Mount Street, Walsall with her and their son, George Stanley.
At the time of his enlistment in the Army on Wednesday 09/08/1916 at Sandwich, Kent, George was employed as a plumber by Mr E. Toon of Bath Road, Walsall.
Serving initially as Sapper 200124 in the Inland Water Transport Corps, Royal Engineers, George transferred to the East Surrey Rgt in 08/1917.
He was drafted to France on Sunday 12/08/1917 and posted to the 8th Bn on Sunday 26/08/1917.
On the day of his death George’s bn were engaged in an attacks on Poelcapelle.
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Walsall
Pte Thomas Lapsley 15/10/1918
for Maura Browne and family
Pte Alexander Ritchie Brown Radley 09/10/1917 aged 27
He was Scottish and was born in Glasgow where the family lived for a short time.
Most of his childhood was spent in St. Andrews.
He enlisted while staying with his Aunt in Huddersfield.
The regiments war diary for the date of his death records:
"Division attacked again. "B,C & D Coys repaired Schreiboom - Poelcappelle Road up to V19a72.
'A' on railways at Rudolph Farm. 3 killed 15 wounded"
for his great niece Liz Blackley (nee Radley) and the all Radley family
Cpl John Ross 04/10/1917
He was the son of Donald Ross and Donaldina Ross ms Mowat.
He was born at Halkirk Caithness Scotland, the family later settled at Roadside Reiss Wick Caithness.
It is at Wick that John enlisted he was a regular soldier, the day he died coincidently was the day his sister married.
for his great nephew David and Margaret Elder and family
Pte John William Mason 09/10/1917
Lt Parker Whitney Tucknot Symons 05/11/1918 aged 25

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Casualties informations come usualy from Commonwealth War Graves Commission, see links for more informations © Pierre Vandervelden - Belgium