IN MEMORy by Pierre Vandervelden

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

HERMIES HILL British Cemetery (Pas de Calais France)

Page 1 The Pictures

Page 2 List of Casualties

Sjt James Ellis 20/11/1917 aged 27
for his great nephew John Battye and family
James is standing center on this photo
Lt Victor Wentworth Robins 09/04/1917 aged 23
His cousins, Sgt Albert Bates and Gnr Sydney Frank Loughlin are respectively buried in Heilly Station Cem. and The Huts Cem.
for Helen Watt nee Cook and family
2nd/Lt Horace Uchtred Smith 18/01/1918
Horace was the only son of Thomas and Mary Smith of 39, Highgate Road, Walsall.
At the outbreak of war Horace tried to enlist but was three times rejected. He was eventually accepted as a Private with service number 2812 in 09/1914 in the non-manual section of the South Staffordshire Rgt and drafted to France on Friday 05/03/1915.
He served with the bn in Egypt and France until 12/1916 when he returned to England in order to take a commission, being gazetted to the South Staffordshire Rgt on Wednesday 30/05/1917.
Horace returned to France in 07/1917 being slightly wounded in the following October.
News of his death was returned to his family by the battalion Chaplain who wrote:
“I think you will wish to hear how it happened. It was on Friday morning, January 18, only the day before the battalion was to be relieved. Your son was standing on the parapet of a trench, getting out of one of the forward posts, when a German sniper marked him and shot him through the head. Death must have been instantaneous and without any pain at all.”
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Walsall
Pte James Jesse Lyman MM 30/05/1894 - 11/08/1918
He was born in Stoke Goldington, Bucks.
A letter received by his family from the Brigade Chaplain, N°6 Field Ambulance:
“I have very sad news to send you with regards to your son James. He was severely wounded yesterday evening he was brought as quickly as possible to the Advance Dressing Station, he was then beyond all human help. And died a few minutes later. I know the blow must be great on you. I trust that almighty god may give you grace and strength. James has made a great sacrifice of his life and our divine lord you may be sure he has accepted the sacrifice so generously made. We buried him today in an soldiers grave behind the lines.May his soul now have eternal rest.
Your sincerely
George Galbraith (May god bless you)"
On the group photo, James is 1st right, 3rd row.
for Thomas James
Pte John Russell 02/12/1917
John was a married man living at 342, Green Lane, Walsall with his wife.
He was a regular soldier having enlisted at Darlaston in 1908, prior to which he was employed by the Electrical Conduits Company, Birch Street, Walsall.
At the commencement of hostilities he was on reserve and employed as a collier at the Hamstead colliery.
Drafted to France on Tuesday 25/05/1915, John was killed in action south west of Cambrai.
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Walsall
Pte Joseph Allsopp 30/12/1917
A labourer at J.W. Lewis Brickyard, The Tileries, Essington.
Joseph was married to Agnes and resided at 13, The Flats, Bloxwich with his wife and 4 children.
He enlisted in the Army at Walsall during 07/1916.
Drafted to France in 11/1916, he was killed while serving south west of Cambrai.
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Walsall
Pte Arthur John Green served as Arthur John Dean 05/01/1918 aged 33
Arthur was the son of James and Alice Green of 34a, Pool Street, Walsall.
Employed as an iron caster at the Phoenix Foundry, Birmingham Street, Walsall, Arthur enlisted in the Army during 05/1915 in the 2/5th Bn, South Staffordshire Rgt with service number 661.
He served in Ireland during the rebellion before transferring to the Gloucestershire Rgt.
Serving at Ribecourt, south west of Cambrai, Arthur succumbed to wounds received on the field.
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Walsall
Pte David Erasmus 20/11/1917 aged 41
David was killed at Havrincourt during the batle of Cambrai.
for his great great nephew Richard Williams
A postcard written by 2nd/Lt Frank Cocker to his mother in February 1918 regarding David says:
Mrs Erasmus
58 Rees Street
Gelli Ystrad
Please reply to Sec Lieut. F. Cocker
33 Grosvenor Terrace
Feb 11th 1918
"Dear Mrs Erasmus,
I write you to make inquiries about your son who was in my platoon in France.
When I last saw him he was doing some excellent work, rescuing wounded men under very trying conditions and I have often wondered since whether he came through that day alright.
I got my hair parted by a bullet, but am better now & shall soon be going out again.
Kindly drop me a line & if he happens to be in hospital I would like his address."
I am,
Yours Faithfully
Frank Cocker
2/4b K.O.Y.L.I

739 casualties

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