IN MEMORy by Pierre Vandervelden

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

MENIN ROAD SOUTH Military Cemetery (IEPER) (West Vlaanderen Belgium)

Page 1 The Pictures

Page 2 List of Casualties

Pte George W Saxelby 10/12/1915 aged 24
George was former farm labourer, he was killed by a sniper in the front line trench
for Anthony Bagshaw (Mansfield Woodhouse UK)
Pte Tom Orlando Vincent 19/09/1917 aged 23
Tom was born on 17/03/1894, he enlisted in Brighton. He was former a bank clerk. Tom was mortally wounded by a high explosive shell.
Sjt William McBurnie 22/10/1917 aged 40
Pte Fred Wykes 1892 - 21/04/1916 aged 24
Gnr John (Jack) Hall 24/09/1917
His brother Pte Albert Hall 04/09/1918 is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial
His second brother, Pte James Hall 20/05/1918 is buried in Berlin South-Western Cem. (Germany)
Pte Arthur Hewison 1894 - 29/11/1915
Arthur was born in Frithville, Nr. Boston Lincolnshire, lived in Wainfleet and enlisted in Skegness Linc’s.
He landed at Boulogne, France with the 7th Batt. Linc’s. Regt. on the 14/07/1915.
He had been sitting in a trench, then he decided to stand up to flap his arms around his body to keep warm and was unfortunately shot by a sniper.
Arthur also had two brothers killed in action in the Great War, William whom is commemorated on the Ypres Menin Gate and George died serving in the Royal Navy.
They were the sons of Henry and Eliza Hewison.
for Brian Baxter
Cpl Benjamin Fellows 16/10/1917 aged 28
Benjamin was was a single man, the son of John and Selina Fellows of 102, Hospital Street, Walsall, his father being employed as a coal miner.
He enlisted in the Army at Aldershot on Monday 02/09/1907 when 18 years of age.
Benjamin was mortally wounded on Monday 15/10/1917 during the Third Ypres Battle and succumbed in the 70th Field Hospital at Ypres.
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Walsall
Pte Tom Gaskell 14/09/1917
Tom was mortally wounded by a shell when rescuing a pal.
More about him on
Pte Edwin Breakwell 19/03/1916
Edwin was born in Walsall, the son of Edwin and Pamela Breakwell and resided in Cross Street, Heath End, Pelsall.
On the night of Edwin’s death his bn relieved units in the front line, the Guard’s brigades taking over a 3,700 yard front from the Bellewaarde stream just north of the Menin road to a point a little north of Wieltje Farm.
It is reported that Edwin was fatally wounded by a shell whilst in the process of throwing a bomb.
His brother Bombardier John Brealwell 21/06/1917 is buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension.
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Walsall
Sjt Joseph Henry Holt 16/03/1916
Joseph was a married man and had three children residing in Paddock Lane, Aldridge.
He was killed whilst in the trenches at Hooge just east of Ypres, his bn having taken over responsibility at 11.30am on Wednesday 15/03/1916.
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Aldridge
Pte Sidney James Attwood 24/03/1895 - 03/12/1917
He was born in London, England, the son of John and Sarah Attwood, his parents were farmers who emigrate to NZ around 1900, settling in Cambridge in the North Island of New Zealand.
Prior to enlistment on the 08/02/1916 Sidney was a share milk farmer on his fathers farm ' Walton'.
He proceeded overseas on 27/05/1916 in the 13th Reinforcements, assigned to 'A Coy' in the Machine Gun Corps.
He died of wounds received in action, likely received in the Battle of Cambrai.
for Tony Beard
Rfm John William Bentley 13/02/1916 aged 20
Capt Thomas Riverdale Colyer-Fergusson VC 31/07/1917 aged 21
Capt Harold Frank Barclay Turner 22/06/1896 - 01/09/1917
L/Cpl William Thomas Maddern MM 28/10/1917 aged 28
He was born on 24/10/1889 in Benalla, Victoria, married to Evelyn Ann Maddern and had a 3 years old daughter, Evelyn Isabella Annie.
Former miner, he enlisted on 22/07/1915 in Kalgoordie/Boulder, Western Australia.
He was awarded the Military Medal on 02/09/1916 for services rendered and bravery in the field during the fighting of Pozieres. (Gazetted in the London Gazette on 19/09/1916).
And was promoted L/Cpl on 12/04/1917.
William was wounded in action on 27/10/1917 near Westhoek and died from schrapnel wounds the next day at the 15th Field Ambulance Station, Ypres.
Submitted in memory of William's grandson Ian van Hemert by Colleen van Hemert
Gnr Harry Joseph Watson 05/10/1917
Drummer Charles Eade 18/03/1916
The youngest son of Alfred and Catherine Eade of Highland Cottage, Whittington, his father being an Army pensioner and a postman.
Enlisting in the Army at Whittington, he saw 13 years service.
He was killed in the trenches at Hooge.
His brother L/Cpl Alfred Eade KiA on 18/04/1915 is buried in Ferme Buterne Military Cemetery, Houplines.
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Whittington
Pte James Mason 19/12/1915 aged 33
James enlisted on 04/09/1915
for Peter Holmes


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