IN MEMORy by Pierre Vandervelden

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

LIGNY en CAMBRESIS Communal Cemetery (Nord France)

This plot must be a collective grave for the casualties of the battle of 26/08/1914.
The mention on each grave is, left to right: O. G. Jacques & 21 unknown - G. Buckley & H. Cowgill - R. W Haggett & R. J. Carnell - A stele in French* - J. Tasker & W. E. Inns - J. Jordan & E. Walker - R. A. Turner & R. W. Iles - W. M. Chisholm.
* Ici reposent le Lieutenant Chisholm, East Lancashire Regiment, avec 32 Soldats Anglais tués dans la bataille du 26 août 1914. (Here lies The Lieutenant Chisholm, East Lancashire Regiment with 32 British Soldiers, killed in the battle on 26 Augustus 1914.)
L. to R.: J. S. Whale - H. J. Nunn - F. Allinson - C. S. Vane-Templest - H. Chittendon - F. Abbott - R. Scorthorne - No Mention on the Last One.
Cpl Henry Chittenden given for Chittendon on the grave, wich is incorrect
The cemetery contains 33 casualties of August 26th to September 7th 1914
in the Retreat from Mons and 7 POW's (Prisoners of War) who died 1917-1918.
As Henry Chittenden died in 1917 he would have probably been a POW who died shortly after capture
and was buried in this village cemetery which remained behind the German lines for most of the war.
According to the book 'The Silent Cities by Sidney Hurst Naval and Military Press 1993'
for Trevor Hancock (Wantage U.K.)
2nd/Lt Fred Allinson 27/03/1917 aged 24.
The date on the grave is incorrect.
For his Great Niece, Mrs Jennifer Young.
Lt William Malcolm Chisholm 25/02/1892 - 27/08/1914
He was born at 139. Macquarie Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, son of Dr. William and Isabel Chisholm and great great-grandson of Gabriel Louis Marie Huon de Kerilleau, of St. Pol de-Lyon. Brittany.
He was educated at Sydney Grammar School, and the R.M.C., Sandhurst; at Sydney he was a Lieutenant in the Senior Cadets of the Grammar School, and afterwards a Lieutenant in the Scottish Rifles, Sydney.
William entered Sandhurst in 1911, and on passing out was gazetted to the East Lancashire Regiment in 09/1912; he became Lieutenant in 12/1913.
The 1st Battalion East Lancashire Regiment formed part of the 11th Infantry Brigade, IVth Division of the Expeditionary Force, which Lieutenant Chisholm accompanied to France.
He was shot through the abdomen on the 26th August, 1914, and died on the following day at Ligny, France, where he was buried.
He had only detrained at Le Cateau at about 5 p.m. on Tuesday, the 25/08, was in action at 4 a.m. on the 26th, and was wounded at about 3 p.m. that day.
for Airlie Moore (Australia) 
The photographs (portraits and family) and the text about Lt William Malcolm Chisholm are not free of copyright .
They are property of Mrs Airlie Moore and can not be used for any usage without her permission.
The webmaster thanks Mrs Moore for her permission to use them.
Pte Hezekiah Walker 26/08/1914 aged 30
Hezekiah was born in Clayhanger to William and Sarah Walker of 77, Teddesley Street, Walsall.
He was educated at the Butts School and enlisted in the Lancashire Fusiliers at Worcester, serving for nearly ten years with them in Ireland, Malta, Egypt and India.
Having served his time Hezekiah returned to Walsall and found employment at the London and North Western Railway goods yard.
Called up on reserve Hezekiah was drafted to France disembarking at Boulogne on Sunday 23/08/1914.
Two days later his bn were in the line on high ground near Longsart Farm between Haucourt and Wambaix.
On the day of his death the bn was heavily attacked at dawn and forced to withdraw to positions south west of Haucourt.
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Walsall

19 casualties

United Kingdom Rifleman Rifle Brigade 13th Bn. Age: 36 Date of Death: 09/02/1919 Service No: B/202320

United Kingdom Second Lieutenant Royal Flying Corps Secondary The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) Secondary and 8th Bn. Age: 24 Date of Death: 27/03/1917

United Kingdom Private East Lancashire Regiment 1st Bn. Date of Death: 15/01/1915 Service No: 10665

United Kingdom Serjeant East Lancashire Regiment 1st Bn. Age: 23 Date of Death: 15/01/1915 Service No: 10516

United Kingdom Lieutenant East Lancashire Regiment 1st Bn. Age: 22 Date of Death: 27/08/1914

United Kingdom Corporal Royal Warwickshire Regiment 1st/6th Bn. Age: 22 Date of Death: 16/04/1917 Service No: 242585

United Kingdom Private East Lancashire Regiment 1st Bn. Date of Death: 15/01/1915 Service No: 9856

United Kingdom Private East Lancashire Regiment 1st Bn. Age: 22 Date of Death: 15/01/1915 Service No: 10622

United Kingdom Private Somerset Light Infantry 1st Bn. Date of Death: 26/08/1914 Service No: 5845

United Kingdom Private King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment) 1st Bn. Date of Death: 26/08/1914 Service No: 7794

United Kingdom Corporal Royal Field Artillery 27th Bty. 32nd Bde Age: 26 Date of Death: 14/09/1914 Service No: 60692

United Kingdom Lance Corporal Lancashire Fusiliers 2nd Bn. Date of Death: 29/08/1914 Service No: 377

United Kingdom Private Essex Regiment 1st Bn Date of Death: 09/10/1918 Service No: 28454

United Kingdom Private Lincolnshire Regiment 2nd/5th Bn. Age: 24 Date of Death: 17/04/1917 Service No: 241588

United Kingdom Corporal Rifle Brigade 1st Bn. Date of Death: 26/08/1914 Service No: 7700

United Kingdom Private Hampshire Regiment 1st Bn. Age: 29 Date of Death: 26/08/1914 Service No: 6733

United Kingdom Lieutenant Royal Flying Corps 70th Sqdn. Secondary Durham Light Infantry Secondary and 5th Bn. Age: 20 Date of Death: 25/03/1917

United Kingdom Private Lancashire Fusiliers 2nd Bn. Date of Death: 26/08/1914 Service No: 340

United Kingdom Private Hertfordshire Regiment Age: 28 Date of Death: 08/10/1918 Service No: 271561

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