IN MEMORy by Pierre Vandervelden

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

ARRAS FLYING SERVICE Memorial (Pas de Calais France)

Page 1 The Pictures

Page 2 List of Casualties

Lt Hedley Bruce New 31/10/1917 aged 24
Born 1893 New Malden, Surrey, son of George Hedley New and Elizabeth Crane (nee Coles) of Cerne Cottage, Worrin Road, Shenfield, Essex. 3RD Squadron; RFC and 4TH Bn. Essex Regiment.
Hedley's name can be found on Brentwood Memorial Cross, Shenfield Rd, Brentwood, Essex.
His brother Captain Athelstan William New died 15/05/1918 and is buried at Bagneux British Cemetery.
For Mrs Jocelyn Norden (U. K.)
2nd/Lt David Evan Davies 29/04/1917
Lt George Henry Rathbone 29/04/1917 aged 21
Capt George Alec Parker 27/11/1916 aged 23
Son of Lewis Jacques Parker and Emily Parker of 26 Castle Street, Salisbury. His brother Capt. Tom GM Parker died on 03/11/1918 and is buried at Christchurch Cemetery, England.
for his great nephew Tom Wells
2nd/Lt Cyril Levick 16/06/1918
Cyril was a good student in the King Edward VI Grammar School in Aston.
He enlisted in The Artist Rifles before to be transfered in the R. A. F.
On left, Cyril and his older sister, Ida Gertrude Levick.
On right, Cyril in uniform with his two brothers, William Ralph and Jack.
for his nephew, Robert John Day (Ida's son)
Air Mechanic 2nd Class Harold Edmund Gamble 22/10/1917 aged 24
Harold with his mother Emily and sister Isobel.
He enlisted in Sydney on 24/07/1916 and arrived in Europe In 08/1917.
On the 15/09/1917 he was transferred to 71st. Sqn Australian Flying Corps as a wireless operator and attached to No. 4 Sqn R.F.C.
Harold took part in the action at Westhoek Ridge near Ypres and was killed by a German shell.
Records show that he was buried in the Australian portion of the cemetery at Oodurdum near Ypres.
for his great nephew Anthony Berry (Isobel's grandson)
2nd/Lt Frederic Monteath McLaren 1892 - 12/08/1917
Second of three children of Peter and Emma McLaren.
The family originally migrated from England to Australia and later migrated to California in the USA.
Right a newspaper clipping from the Los Angeles Evening Express of 08/10/1919.
for his relative Alec McCracken (Irymple, Victoria, Aus.)
2nd/Lt Leslie Bernard Simmonds 13/03/1894 - 16/09/1918
He was born in Newport South Wales.
He was shot down 1m east of Marcoing on 16th September at approximately noon while serving with the 57th Squadron Royal Flying Corps.
for his great niece Sally Burge
2nd/Lt Henry Joseph Watlington 06/07/1917
He was born in Devonshire Parish, Bermuda on 14/09/1896 and was the eldest son of Henry William Watlington, a Member of the Colonial Parliament who was knighted in 1933, and his wife Lucy (née Trott) who had married in Bermuda in 1891. The couple had another son – Hereward Trott Watlington (born 1902) – and four daughters: Marjorie Trott (born 1900); Helen Elizabeth (born 1904); Lucy Clare (born 1906); and Anna Louisa (born 1909).
Henry attended Upper Canada College in Toronto from 1911-1914 and joined the Bermuda Volunteer Rifle Corps in September 1914, which left Bermuda for England in May 1915 and reached the front in July 1915.
He was wounded in the face in January 1916 and severely wounded in the hip in February 1916 spending five months in hospital in England.
He trained for a commission in the Royal Flying Corps, being posted to Denham Aerodrome in October 1916, before being transferred to Oxford.
Henry was posted to 28 Reserve Squadron at Castle Bromwich in April 1917 but then spent a month at Turnberry Aerodrome in Scotland, which was used for aerial fighting and gunnery school training.
He returned to Castle Bromwich at the end of May 1917 and was posted to 70th Squadron on 23/06/1917.
He was married on 29/07/1916 to Isabel Mary, daughter of Mr & Mrs Harrington Emerson of New York at St Luke’s Church, Richmond, Surrey.
Henry was killed in action with AMII Edward Gilchrest on 06/07/1917 while flying a Sopwith 1.5 Strutter B714 on a photographic reconnaissance mission, the airplane crashing behind German lines.
Watlington’s body was pinned beneath wreakage and, due to being under fire, the German’s were unable to recover it.
Henry is also remembered on the Castle Bromwich War Memorial and the roll of honour in St Mary & St Margaret’s Church, Castle Bromwich.
for Alan Fewtrell and the people of Castle Bromwich

992 casualties

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