IN MEMORy by Pierre Vandervelden

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

SAINT - SOUPLET British Cemetery (Nord France)

Page 1 The Pictures

Page 2 List of Casualties

Sjt William Thompson MM 23/08/1916 aged 27
He received a distinguished conduct card for gallant service on the night of 14/05/1915 and was promoted serjeant from that of lance corporal.
He has been missing since 08/08/1916, in fact he was prisoner of war and wounded in an hospital.
For Mark Abbott
Pte Joseph Tamber 22/03/1918 aged 18
For Peter Gaffney and family
Pte George Scott 16/08/1916
Cpl Robert James McCrossan 23/03/1918
A great grandfather, who died of his wounds in the Great War.
Gone but Never Forgotten.
From all his Grandchildren
2nd/Lt John Anthony McCudden MC 18/03/1918 aged 20
2nd/Lt William George Lawrence 1889 - 23/10/1915
William was a youngest brother of Lawrence of Arabia
Another brother, 2nd/Lt Frank Helier Lawrence (1893 - 09/05/1915) is commemorated in Le Touret Memorial.
Pte Michael Bannon 27/08/1914
Michael resided at 6 Back of 122, Bath Street, Walsall with his father, also named Michael.
Prior to joining the Army at Walsall in 1909 Michael was employed by Messrs. Evans of Summitt Works.
On the day of his death his bn were in the area of Fresmy, the Germans attacked the area and managed to take control of the village.
The general order to ‘retire at once’ did not reach the Munsters so “C” Coy counter attacked and regained the village.
The Germans, however, retook the village and the Munsters were forced to retire.
The bn was then used as a rearguard and, approaching Etreux, were cut off by the advancing Germans.
Numerous attempts were made to enter the village during Thursday 27/08/1914 but all were beaten back.
Eventually their officer led them to an orchard where they quickly became surrounded.
Having little or no ammunition the survivors were forced to surrender.
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Walsall
Pte Thomas Malone 02/05/1898 - 24/10/1918
He was born in Haydock, Lancashire.
His father was John Malone, a coal miner, from County Galway, Ireland and his mother was Catherine Malone, nee Sweeney from Ashton-in- Makerfield, Lancashire.
Thomas was the first of eight children.
By 1911, the family was living in Ashton-in- Makerfield.
According to their war diary, the 1st Bn of the King's Shropshire Light Infantry suffered 30 casualties among the ranks on 24/10/1918. Thomas was obviously one of them.
for Mary Alexander
The Malone family, L. to R.: Mary (Molly), Paul, Catherine (mother), Julia, Thomas, John (father), John, Catherine, James and Patrick.
Rfm Cyril Bernardine Holroyd 08/07/1916
The son of Frederick William and Rosaline (nee Lodge) Holroyd, he was born on 23/03/1896 in 20 Queens Terr,Otley,Yorkshire,England.
A single man he lived in Harringay, Middlesex, England.
He enlisted in Westminster in 06/1915.
Cyril was wounded on 01/07/1916 first day of the battle of the Somme.
for his great niece Kathleen McCann and family
Pte George Frederick Nott DoW 23/10/1918 aged 24
He was born in Crewe on the 02/12/1893, the 6th child of 7 children of John Burgess Nott and his wife Maud (Massey).
Having served his apprenticeship in Crewe railway works as a moulder he joined the Royal Welsh Fusiliers on 10/02/1915 service no 5153 before conscription but was discharged three months later being unfit.
On the 25/08/1916 George is recalled to the army and joined the Lancashire Fusiliers service no 266140.
On the 29/04/1918 he is released from the regiment to ship building.
On the 03/10/ 1918 he is with the Cheshire regiment service no 68236 posted to the front on the 10/10/1918 and died in a field hospital of shrapnel wounds to the back.
Always thought of by his grandson great grandchildren and great great grandchildren R.I.P.
Sjt Arthur Allott 26/03/1918 aged 26
Arthur was born in Deepcar near Stocksbridge, Yorkshire in 1891.
His father was Frank Allott, a Joiner born in Deepcar in 1870 and died in 1949.
His mother was Sarah (nee Morley) born in Brigg, Lincolnshire in 1872 and died in 1946.
They were married on 09/03/1891 at St. John the Baptist Parish Church, Penistone, Yorkshire.
Their other children were; Leonard, born in 1892, Elizabeth Ann, born in 1895, Minnie, born in 1897, Alice Mary, born in 1899, Harry, born in 1900, Thomas Frank, born in 1901 and died in 1902 and Jessie, born in 1903.
On the 1901 Census the family lived at Holt Lane, Briestfield, but Arthur was living with his maternal grandparents Thomas and Elizabeth Morley at Whitley.
Their address on the 1911 Census simply reads “Thornhill”.
They all later lived at 66, Back Walker Street, Lees Moor.
Arthur was a single man who had attended Whitley Lower Church School and was a chorister at Whitley Church.
In 1911 he was employed as a Hurrier in a coal mine and later worked at Ingham’s Coke Ovens at Thornhill; prior to his enlistment he was an attendant at the Prestwich County Asylum in Manchester.
He enlisted in Manchester on 04/11/1914 serving as Private 13548 in the 11th and 12th Battalions of the Manchester Regiment rising to the rank of Serjeant in the 16th Battalion.
He served at Gallipoli where he received a bayonet wound and was sent to the Western Front on 16/10/1915; he served three spells in France where he was shot in the knee in on 31/07/1916.
His Battalion, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Wilfrith Elstob VC. DSO. MC., took part in the heroic defence of Manchester Hill near Saint-Quentin, Aisne, France on 21/03/1918, the First Day of the German Spring Offensive (Der Kaiserschlacht).
He was mortally wounded and taken prisoner on the 21st and died in a German Field Hospital on the 26/03/1918 and was buried by the enemy in St. Martin Military Cemetery, St. Quentin, a large cemetery of over 8,000 graves on the West side of the city, begun in 1914, and also used by the Germans and was extended after the Armistice, it contained 134 British graves.
In December 1923 his remains were exhumed and reburied in St. Souplet British Cemetery.
Arthur is commemorated on the Dewsbury Cenotaph in Crow Nest Park and in the Dewsbury Roll of Honour kept in Dewsbury Central Library.
for Peter Bennett and the people of Dewsbury

591 casualties

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