IN MEMORy by Pierre Vandervelden

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

ESSEX FARM Cemetery (Boezinge) (West Vlaanderen Belgium)


Page 2 The WAR MEMORIAL of the 49 th West Ridind Division & Essex Farm Cemetery


Page 4 List of casualties

Rfm V. J. Strudwick 14/01/1916 aged only 15
Private Thomas Barrat (V. C.)
Photos Courtesy Jackie Wullaert (Bel)
Sec. Lieut. Harold B. Davies 23/04/1916
Private Thomas Massey 11/11/1916
Thomas was born 31/03/1884
S/Lt Douglas William McMichael 20/04/1916
He was born 06/01/1893
For Avalon Eastman
Oundle School Roll of Honour
L/Cpl S. Appleby 30/05/1916
Lt Frederick Leopold Pusch DSO 27/06/1916 aged 20
Pte Ivor Hanington Murray 24/10/1889 - 23/04/1915
Ivor was born in Moncton, New Brunswick and was former bank clerk.
He enlisted in Bradford, Ontarion, 22/09/1914 and arrived in France in 02/1915.
During night fighting around Langemark, he was intanstly killed by the shock of an enemy shell.
for his great nephew, David Murray
2nd/Lt Charles Frederick Batty 19/01/1916 aged 19
Sjt George Henry Eagles 08/08/1916
George was born in Small Heath, Birmingham to John and Eliza Eagles later of 56, Countess Street, Palfrey, Walsall.
A station porter on the Midland Railway at Penn, he enlisted in the Royal Army Medical Corps at the outbreak of war but transferred to the Rifle Brigade in 06/1915.
George was drafted to France on Tuesday 13/07/1915 and was killed after his bn’s transfer to Belgium following its part in the Somme Offensive.
During the evening of Tuesday 08/08/1916 the bn moved up to take over the front line trenches from the 1st Bn, Somerset Light Infantry.
The relief had only just been completed when the Germans unleashed a gas attack accompanied by a three-hour artillery bombardment.
The British artillery broke up an expected German attack to such a degree that it failed to materialise.
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Walsall
Pte George Capewell 14/05/1917
George was the son of George and Mary Jane Capewell of Halfway House, Bentley.
Completing his education at Hillary Street School, George took up a position at Simmons and Company at Darlaston.
Initially enlisting in the South Staffordshire Rgt in 11/1916 with regimental number 32085, George transferred to the Royal Welsh Fusiliers and was KiA at Ypres whilst his bn were holding a canal bank opposite Pilckem Ridge.
At 2.55am on the morning of his death the bn received an artillery barrage which resulted in the deaths of 3 men, 5 others being wounded.
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Walsall
Bmb William Pearson 20/06/1916 aged 24
A married man, William resided at 45, Corporation Street East, Walsall with his wife and child.
He enlisted in the R. F. A. at Walsall in early 1915 at which time he was employed as a miner at the Huntington Colliery.
Drafted to France on Sunday 29/08/1915, he had his last home leave had been three months before his death.
The circumstances of his death are not known, however, he would have been serving in the Boezinge area of Ypres when he was killed.
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Walsall
Pte Harold Gatley 07/10/1916 aged 20
for the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
Pte Harold S. Parr 29/10/1916
for the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
Pte Frederick Wood 26/08/1916
for the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
Pte John Thomas Boardman 12/07/1916 aged 49
He was serving with the Grenadier Guards as part of the 1st Guards Brigade Machine Gun Coy when he was killed in action.
for The Oldham Rugby League Heritage Trust
2nd/Lt Basil George Hope MacLear MC 26/07/1916 aged 30
for John Taylor


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