IN MEMORy by Pierre Vandervelden

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

LONGUENESSE (ST OMER) SOUVENIR Cemetery (Pas de Calais France)

Page 1 The Pictures

Page 2 List of Casualties

Pte Thomas Cummings 26/07/1918
for his grandson Arthur Cummings
Pte Percy Burton 27/06/1916 aged 19
He enlisted on 06/05/1915
Staff Nurse Agnes Murdoch Climie 30/09/1917 aged 32
She was killed during an air raid on the 58th (Scottish) General Hospital, St Omer, Fance. She was mentioned in dispatches by General Haig for "valuable services" in March 1916. At the time of the air raid, though not on duty, she apparently went to her ward to comfort her patients and it is recorded that just before she was killed she had been, "singing to a patient who was nervous".
Her cousin, William Benzie Forbes Climie, Air Gunner with 434 Squadron, RCAF, who died on the night 22/23 August 1943 is buried in Heverlee War Cemetery.
For her cousin, Tony Climie
L/Cpl Archie Anderson 04/10/1918 aged 34
2nd/Lt Herbert Crosley Carrs 08/10/1917 aged 24
Pte Arthur Richards 19/05/1918 aged 42
Arthur left a widow, Florence Richards and six children, Lily, George William, Mable, Nellie, Elsie and Harry, of whom the eldest was only 12 years.
Local paper said: "Arthur seems to have been engaged in driving an ambulance containing wounded during the raid when he himself was hit."
Harry Bentley 20/04/1917 aged 36
Harry was a married man residing at 644, Bloxwich Road, Leamore and was a house painter by trade.
Called up in 07/1916, he was drafted to France in 01/1917 and was almost immediately taken ill and removed to hospital at St. Omer where he died from cerebra spinal meningitis.
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Walsall
Pte Harry Alfred Wilkes 08/10/1917 aged 36
Harry was the son of William and Eliza Wilkes and resided with his parents at 119, Hatherton Street, Walsall.
Drafted to France in the 1st Bn, Harry was wounded in action receiving a severe spinal injury.
Removed to hospital at St. Omer he succumbed to the injury.
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Walsall
Sjt Ernest Smith 12/10/1917 aged 26
Ernest was the son of William and Jane Smith of Shire Oak Hill, Brownhills.
He received terrible injuries to his thigh and chest during Monday 01/10/1917 and was removed to the Sir John French Ward, 10th Stationary Hospital at St. Omer where he succumbed.
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Walsall Wood
Pte Isaac Charles 25/03/1918 aged 36
Isaac was the son of Thomas and Leah Charles of Church Street, Clayhanger.
He was mortally wounded on Monday 25/03/1918 whilst his bn relieved the 1/6th Bn, North Staffordshire Rgt in trenches in Cuinchy.
Removed to the 10th Stationary Hospital at St. Omer for treatment he succumbed to his wounds.
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Walsall Wood
Pte Henry Birch 12/12/1915 aged 25
Henry was son of Henry and Harriet Birch of High Street, Brownhills.
He enlisted in the Army at Walsall and was drafted to France on Wednesday 18/08/1915 being attached to 173rd Tunnelling Coy, Royal Engineers at the time of his death.
At some stage he received wounds to the head, shoulders, left leg and hands.
Removed to the 10th Stationary Hospital at St. Omer, he succumbed to his injuries.
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Brownhills
Pte Thomas Bland 13/02/1919 aged 39
Thomas was a married man with 3 children residing at 2 Court, 4 House, Birmingham Street, Walsall.
Enlisting in the Army during 09/1914 Thomas was drafted to France on Wednesday 14/07/1915 and died of pneumonia in hospital at St. Omer.
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Walsall
Cpl Alfred George Hammond 01/08/1917 aged 22
Gnr John Henry Miles 16/03/1919 aged 30
Pte Patrick McGuinness 17/04/1915
More about Patrick commemorated by Rob Price at
Pte George Smith 26/05/1915 aged 21
for the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
Lt herbert Foster Chapman 29/05/1915 aged 27
for the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
Capt Herman Joseph Kauter 21/05/1940 aged 31
Pte Robert Simpson 04/07/1918 aged 32
2nd/Lt Albert Erskine Carson Archer 09/02/1916 aged 19
for Luc Dhaene (Deerlijk, Bel.)
Pte John Percival Sommers 26/02/1917 aged 20
John was born in Lichfield, the son of Edmund Arthur and Aliza Sommers of 178, St. John Street, Lichfield, his father being a domestic gardener.
A grocer's assistant, he enlisted at Lichfield and was twice wounded, the latter occasion resulting in his death.
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Lichfield
Pte Cecil Henry Barwick 11/06/1917 aged 21
for Tony Beard
Seeking out the men of Lancaster DV403 / KC-G of 617 Squadron
Professor Trevor Kerry is researching the crew and final flight of Lancaster DV403 / KC-G for an article. His intention is to collect all the information he can about these men to try to give their story some substance.
Are there any relatives of this crew out there who could help to supply information?
The crew:
John Edward: (Pilot)
Les King: (Flight Engineer)
Lorne Pritchard: (Navigator)
Jackie Brook: (Bomb Aimer)
Gerrard Hobbs: (Wireless operator)
Thomas Price: (Air Gunner)
Samuel Isherwood: (Air Gunner)
James Johnston: (Air Gunner)
Professor Kerry can be contacted by e-mail at:
(replace the (AT) with @)
Please, could you help me to identify this soldier ?

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