IN MEMORy by Pierre Vandervelden

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

LOCRE HOSPICE Cemetery (Loker) (West Vlaanderen Belgium)

Page 1 The Pictures

Page 2 List of Casualtie

Mjr William Hoey Kearney Redmond 07/06/1917 aged 56
and his former grave on the same place
L/Sjt Harry Makinson MM 11/04/1918
Clayton Medallist Killed
Official news is in hand that a well known local military medallist, Sergt Harry Makinson of the Royal Irish Fusiliers was killed in action on April 9th.
Until the outbreak of war Sergt Makinson lived with his brother, Mr Seth Makinson at 52 Pickan St, Clayton-le-Moors and was employed at the Rishton Paper Mill. He volunteered for the army in 1914, joining the 14th Hussars. Receiving part of his training in Ireland, he was transferred to the Royal Irish Fusiliers. For some time he acted as Sergt-Drill Instructor and afterwards proceeded on active service.
Only recently it was announced in the Observer, that gallantry in the field had secured for him the Military Medal. He was 28 years of age.
Photograph and obituary from the Accrington Observer,08/06/1918.
(In fact, he was wounded on 09/04/1918 and died of wounds two days later.)
For Kurt Graham
Pte Thomas Kellett 23/09/1917 aged 35
Thomas who volunteering joined the army in 1914 was killed in the 3rd Battle or Ypres, Passchendaele.
The story that has been passed down from the family is that they were suffering high casualties and they were surrounded so they asked for a volunteer to get re-enforcements and Thomas jumped on a motorcycle and rode at the enemy lines trying to get through but unfortunately was blown up by a grenade, he bled to death.
He was born and lived in Poulton-le- Fylde in Lancashire, UK, where he is remembered on the Town cenotaph.
Thomas and his wife Mary Alice.
Poignant to know he wrote on this poscard
Thomas and Mary Alice had five children, left to right: Thomas, Elizabeth (Betty), Alice, Jennifer (at front) and Lillian (Lilly)
For Darren, Jane, Gari and Stephanie Kellett.
(Alice is Darren's grandmother)
Pte Arthur Slorance 30/09/1917 aged 35
Here his wife Elizabeth Catherine Oman Slorance (nee Oliver) and their three sons Arthur, James and John.
Three embroidered postcards, real trench art, sent by Arthur and Charles Oliver, his brother in law, to the children, in Stirling, Scotland.
Pte Charles Oliver is buried in Trois Arbres Cem.
They are both commemorated in Holy Trinity Stirling, Scotland Roll of Honour
for Arthur's grandson Michael Slorance (little Arthur's son)
Pte Robert Sylvester 10/07/1917
Robert was a single man residing with his parents, William and Mary Ann 4, The Green, Bloxwich.
A coal miner, he enlisted in the Army at Walsall in 09/1914 as 9543, 2/5th Bn, South Staffordshire Rgt transferring to the Gloucestershire Rgt.
He was mortally wounded whilst holding the Oosttaverne Line and succumbed at one of the Field Ambulances stationed in the Convent of St. Antoine at Lochre, south west of Ypres.
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Walsall
Gnr Arthur Law 01/10/1917 aged 28
Arthur was born in Walsall to Joseph and Mary Ann Law of 55, Cemetery Road, Bloxwich, his father being a coal miner.
Enlisting in the Army at Walsall in 05/1916, Arthur was killed at Lock 7 near Ypres during the Third Battle of Ypres.
The War Diary records:
“1 October 1917 - At 9.30am all brigade batteries joined in firing preliminary barrage for 21 minutes.
Hostile artillery active, particularly during morning, including gas shells.
Nearly all battery positions shelled. Lock 7 shelled between 4am and 5am with 105mm and 77mm.”
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Walsall


246 casualties

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