IN MEMORy by Pierre Vandervelden

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

DAOURS Communal Cemetery Extension (Somme France)

Page 1 The Pictures

Page 2 List of Casualties

Lt. Col. Edward Twelftre Saint DSO.
E. T.Saint enlisted in the Cambridge Rifle Volunteer Battalion in 1900.
In 1915, when the Cambridgeshires (since 1908 known as The Cambridgeshire Regiment (T.F.)) landed in France, he was Officer Commanding ‘B’ Company and received his baptism of fire at St. Eloi (near Neuve Chapelle). In February 1915, he had been made Second in Command with the rank of major and, in January 1916, was promoted Lieutenant Colonel.
For his actions in rallying both his battalion and the brigade during the German advance of March 1918, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order.
Even after being mortally wounded, Lieutenant Colonel Saint continued to behave in a most courageous manner and persisted in giving final instructions about the relief. It was on the 29th August 1918, in No.53 Casualty Clearing Station, that he succumbed to his wounds and, no doubt with what little dignity, pomp and circumstance could be mustered in the circumstances, was buried in Daours Communal Cemetery Extension, France. He was thirty-three
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Pte J. Benison 17/07/1916 for Anthony Bagshaw (Mansfield Woodhouse U.K.)
Pte Henry Herbert Phillips 17/08/1918 Aged 22 for Anthony Bagshaw (Mansfield Woodhouse U.K.)
Pte J. P. Johns 30/08/1918 aged 36
Pte John Francis Trafford Witcomb 27/08/1918 Age: 25
Pte Richard Forrest KIA 24/04/1918 aged 24
Richard enlisted in Longwood, Victoria, Australia 15/07/1915, he was wounded two times in action 21/07/1916 and 08/09/1916.
For his Great Nephew Paul Looby
2nd/Lt Benjamin Haizelden 30/08/1918 aged 19
Pte Thomas Moore 31/08/1918 aged 27
Rfm Leslie Lionel Longman 25/08/1918 aged 19
L/Cpl Edward Brown Gibson 18/08/1918 aged 32
2nd/Lt Edward Norman Andrews 23/08/1918 aged 19
For Avalon Eastman
Oundle School Roll of Honour
L/Cpl John Harold Cotterill French MM 02/09/1918 aged 30
John was awarded The French Military Medal:
At Broodseinde ridge, on 04/10/1917 this N. C. O. used his Lewis Gun with great bravery, inflicting heavy casualties on the ennemy. He assisted in a flank attack on a pillbox and firing from the hip as he advanced used his gun with excellent effect. Whilst consolidation was in progress he pushed forward with his gun under heavy rifle fire and took up a commanding position from which though almost isolated he used his gun with effective results thus allowing the newly won ground to be held.
This N. C. O. has constantly proved his courage, coolness and reliability under fire.
For his great niece Emma Matthewson
Pte Henry Edward Judd 08/08/1918 aged 35
For Daryl J. Slater
L/Cpl Joseph Pike 09/07/1916
for Jeff Keenan
Cpl Alfred Linacre Harston MM 20/05/1918
Pte Donald Robertson MM 20/05/1918 aged 34
Pte Edward Brayton Ridgway 11/08/1918 aged 24
Pte William Allan Irwin DCM 01/09/1918
Pte Charles lindsay Hazeldine 02/09/1918 aged 20
Gnr Leslie Edward Rooker 22/08/1918 aged 20
Dvr Edward "Ted" Richard Sweeney 11/08/1918 aged 26
Posing with his pals, the Hall brothers:
left, Sgt Eric Hall buried in Sanctuary Wood Cemetery;
centre, L/Cpl Norman Hall who has no know grave and is commemorated on the Villers Bretonneux Australian Memorial.
Pte James Ransford Raybould 28/08/1918 aged 20
James was the son of Christopher and Ann Raybould, his father, a charge man in a coal mine, predeceasing him in 1906.
His mother then married William Heath in 1909 and resided in Coppice Side, Brownhills.
James enlisted in the Army at Hednesford on Thursday 18/04/1918 and was drafted to France only days before his death.
Wounded in action, James was removed to hospital at Daours, 8 miles east of Amiens, where he succumbed.
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Brownhills
Cpl Harry Preston 02/07/1916
for Jeff Keenan
Pte Joseph Oswald Koller 24/08/1918 aged 35
for the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
Pte John Henry Tomlinson 15/08/1918 aged 27
The son of Mr & Mrs Joseph Tomlinson, he joined the army about Easter 1917.
He went to France on 01/11/1917.
He was wounded by a shrapnel in his right arm and back and succumbed the next day at the clearing station.
He let a wife and a child.
for Michael Shaw


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