IN MEMORy by Pierre Vandervelden

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

WARLENCOURT British Cemetery (Pas de Calais France)

Page 1 The Pictures

Page 2 List of Casualties

Sec. Lieut A. Lucas 02/03/1917 Age: 35
Pte John Samuel Tittley 14/11/1916
for Anthony Bagshaw (Mansfield Woodhouse U.K.)
Sjt J. C. Hilson (D.C.M.) 12/10/1916
Pte Percy Henry Carter 03/11/1916 aged 24
L/Sjt Arthur Frederick Hyde 07/11/1916 aged 25
Sjt Alick George Robus Blechynden KIA 28/02/1917 aged 25
For Denise Blechynden and family
Rfm Maurice Raymond Demead 07/10/1916 aged 26
Left, his widow, Ethel Demead who never remarried and their daughter Kathleen on his lap.
for their grandson and Kathleen's son, Alec Corner and family
L/Cpl Frederick William Riseborough 14/11/1916 aged 21
Pte William Dyke 11/10/1916 aged 31
William was a harness brass furniture polisher by trade employed for 16 years by Stanley Brothers of Eldon Street, Walsall.
He married Harriett Wilcox at St. Michael’s Church, Rushall on Saturday 14/11/1908 and then resided at 2, Tantarra Walk, Walsall.
There were two children to the marriage, Ethel and William.
Enlisting at Darlaston on Monday 23/08/1915, William was drafted to France on Wednesday 03/05/1916.
At the time of his death his bn were in trenches in Mametz Wood, Somme.
His brother Ernest, in the same bn, wrote home detailing his death:
“A couple of minutes later and he would have been spared. We were just being relieved by another battalion, when the Bosches sent a shell over, and he died almost immediately.”
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Walsall
2nd/Lt Arthur Herbert Thompson 01/10/1916 aged 23
for Simon Coxall
and the Bancrofts School, Woodford Green, Essex.
More about Frederick here
L/Cpl James Williamson 22/10/1916 aged 36
for his grandson Jim Williamson
Pte Edward Gregg Cochrane 25/02/1917 aged 22
Extract from an Australian Broadcasting Commission report 2006:
Reporter: Katie Smith Thursday, 27 April 2006
" On Saturday the 8th of August 1915, 20 year old Edward Gregg Cochrane of Bega on the Far South Coast of NSW, left Australia to fight in the First World War.
A journalist with the Bega Standard, he sent home regular reports and kept a detailed diary of his days at war until his death by shell fire near the Butte of Walencourt in France on the 25th of February 1917.
He was aged just 22.
The diary, which contains a fascinating account of life in the trenches, was sent home on his death and has since disappeared but fortunately copies were made by his family.
In 1992, his great niece, Sandra Florence, a member of the Bega Valley Historical Society had them written up for a folder that also contains his war records.
The full version can be viewed at the Bega Valley Pioneer Museum.
Here are some extracts that detail his days at Gallipoli from his arrival on Monday October the 11th 1915 to his departure on the 9th of December of the same year.
for Glennys Gow (Lismore NSW Australia)
Capt Guy Ravenscroft 18/10/1916 aged 34
Son of Joseph Ravenscroft and Caroline (nee Stevenson) of Birkenhead Cheshire, grandson of John Ravenscroft and Ann (nee Scholes of Bury Lancs.).
for Glennys Gow (Lismore NSW Australia)
He is also commemorated here
Rfm George Alfred Vassay 08/10/1916 aged 31
He was KiA in front line in Eaucourt-l'Abbaye sector during a night attack on Snag Trench.
He went into the war with his brother William Vassay who was injured but survived the war, after bringing his brother back to the line from the Snag Trench.
for his granddaughter Elizabeth Percy
George's Death Penny.
Silk card sent by George to his wife.
Lettre from The War Office to George's widow, informing her that he was re buried in this cemetery.
The Vassay family in the 30th.

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