IN MEMORy by Pierre Vandervelden

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

TROIS ARBRES Cemetery (Steenwerck) (Nord France)

Page 1 The Pictures

Page 2 List of Casualties

Cpl William Andrew Parsons 20/07/1917
for Scott Parsons and Family (Aus.)
Photos Courtesy Marijke Taffein (UK)
Pte Charles Henry John Diews, DoW 08/06/1917 aged 27
For Gillian Lewis (Sidney Aus.)
Pte Albert Lyall Bailey 10/07/1917 aged 23
Albert Lyall Bailey was born on 05/10/1893 in St Albans, New South Wales, Australia as the fourth child of Albert Julius Bailey and Sarah Jane Akhurst.
He had seven siblings, namely: Percival Melville, Margory May, Edgar Newman, Mabyn Eleanor, Georgina Joyce, Lance Federal Noel, and Irene Beatrice.
He died in France the day after wounds recieved in action while engaged in repairs of trenchs they had occupied on “Messines Ridge”.
Albert enlisted on 12/10/1916 in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia.
Following the occupation of “Messines Ridge” in June 1917 by the Battalion, the men of the 15th. were temporarily relieved from the front.
On the 9th./10th. July, 450 men were called on to assist the engineers in carrying out general support duties.
It was on the 10th. July whilst carrying out repairs to the 15th’s support trench system, the men were fired upon by German Artillery and small arms fire.
Pte. Bailey receiving a severe head wound died from loss of blood at the 2nd. Casualty Clearing Station after being evacuated from the front by stretcher bearer.
for his cousin Kev Thompson Albert is remembered here
Pte Charles Edward Oliver 24/08/1916 aged 18
Pte Edwin Shelton Bicheno 04/07/1917 aged 22
Edwin was born at East Dulwich in 1895 and emigrated to Australia in 1914.
His brother William Emigrated to South Africa in March 1911. Missing believed killed Delville Wood.
William is comemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
For Andy Pepper.
Sgt William John Hutton 16/07/1917 aged 26
Pte Albert Ambrose Eccleston DoW 30/12/1916
Cpl. Frank de Jongh. DoW 06/08/1915 aged 26
Frank de Jongh was born 22/06/1889 and raised in Lausanne, Switzerland. He moved to Canada and eventually became a cowboy out West; an unusual path given his family's established and affluent background. Despite being a citizen of neutral Switzerland, he enthusiastically volunteered when the War broke out, enlisted 25/09/1914 and joined Lord Strathcona's Horse, a Canadian cavalry regiment. He was in the front line trenches at Messines drawing a sketch of the German trenches for the regiment that followed. A sniper's bullet hit him in the head as he was looking over the parapet. He died a day later, never having regained consciousness.
For his Great Nephew Laurent Chaix (NY USA)
Pte Martin Henry Jones DoW 05/06/1917 aged 33
Robert was from Brisbane, Queensland
For Jim Donald (Queensland, Aus.)
Cpl Clifford Limen Wallis 23/07/1917 aged 22
Clifford was wounded south of Mesen on 22/07 and died at N 2 Australian CCS Steenwerck.
for his great nephew Joe Wallis (Aus.)
Pte Arthur Churchyett 15/08/1917 aged 41
for his great grandson Gary Timlin
Pte Jacob Melford Stanley Carter 08/06/1917 aged 23
Pte Percy Thomas Ainsworth 08/06/1917 aged 22
Pte Charles Edward Oliver 24/08/1916 aged 18
His brother in law, Pte Arthur Slorance is buried in Locre Hospice Cem.
They are both commemorated in Holy Trinity Stirling, Scotland Roll of Honour.
for Arthur's grandson Michael Slorance
Pte Jacob Melford Stanley Carter 08/06/1917 aged 23
2nd/Lt Kenneth Clinton McKie 15/12/1889 - 09/06/1917
He was born at South Brisbane, son of Robert and Maria McKie.
He worked in a bank and enlisted in 10/1915 as private. Kenneth quickly reached the ranks of Cpl and Sgt before to join the School of Instruction at Enoggera where he gained his commision as 2nd/Lt.
He was sent in England 16/08/1916 and in France in 03/1917.
07/06/1917, first Day of the battle of Messines Ridge, Kenneth and his men were in front of four German snipers in a shell-hole, he killed three of them but was wounded by the fourth, he died two Days later.
for Margie (Aus.)

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Pte Albert Victor Baldwin DoW 12/12/1917 aged 28
He was former a Coal Miner in New South Wales, Aus., and enlisted 10/10/1916 before to be sent in France from Melbourne, Victoria, Aus., 16/12/1916
for his great nephew John Baldwin (Aus.)
Pte Samuel William Gilbert 05/06/1917 aged 32
Pte Thomas McGill 20/08/1917 aged 27
Lt James Scholes Hogg DoW 01/08/1917 aged 27
He enlisted on 26/11/1915.
Son of James Ballantine Hogg and Martha Battersby Hogg, of "Geraldine," Greenmount, Queensland. Native of Goodna, Queensland.
He was the eldest of 5 brothers who enlisted in the AIF and a sister who nursed with the AANS. All survived the war.
for Glennys Gow (Lismore NSW Australia)
Spr William Bulloch KiA 31/12/1917 aged 33
His brother, Pte Alexander Bulloch KiA 19/09/1918 aged 20 is buried in Queant Communal British Extension.
A third brother, Cpl Walter Bulloch KiA 21/05/1917 is commemorated on the Arras Memùorial.
for Rob Bulloch
L/Cpl Ernest Kirkham 08/07/1917 aged 43
Ernest was former carpenter.
He enlisted in Liverpool, New South Wales on 14/01/1915 aged 40 Years 8 Months.
He was appointed L/Cpl on 03/09/1916.
Ernest was wounded a first time in Gallipoli on 07/08/1915, a second time in France on 05/02/1917, and died at the 2nd Australian Casualty clearing Station, of wounds received in action for the third time on 07/07/1917 (gunshot wound head).
He left a widow, Edith-Marion and three children, Ernest, Jess and Paul.
for his great granddaughter Diane Camphin and family
Pte Peter James Blanch 19/01/1891 - 19/07/1917
The son of James Ridgy Blanch (1868-1958) & Ann Evens (1867-1951), he was born in Salt Ash, New South Wales, Australia.
His twin brother, Pte George Arthur Blanch died two weeks later him and is commemorated on the Ypres Menin Gate.
for their cousin William Good
L/Cpl Herbert Willie Castling 08/04/1918 aged 32
He was the son of William and Mary Castling, he left a widow, Violet A. Castling and a son.
for his great great grandson Ian Hogg
Rfm Hugh Barr Scott 27/02/1879 - 22/11/1916
He was born on 27/02/1879 in Boarhills, Fifeshire, Scotland.
He migrates in New Zealand around 1900.
Prior the war he worked as farmer labourer in Matakana.
He arrvived in France in 04/1916 ans was wounded two times in July and September during the Battle of Canal du Nord.
Hugh is wounded a third time on 21/11/1916 by a gunshot to the abdomen and dies the next day.
Hugh is commemorated on the Matakana War Memorial
facebook Matakana-War-Memorial
Pte Alexander "Sandy" Paterson 12/11/1914
Born in Clackmannan, Scotland in 1887 to William & Jane.
He had two sisters & four brothers, he was a twin to James.
Sandy worked as a blacksmith before joining The Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders at the start of The Great War.
He lived at Ellena Cottage, Fairfield, Sauchie, which is still standing to this day, 19 Pompee Rd, Fairfield Sauchie SK10 2DB.
for his great niece Jean Morrison

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