IN MEMORy by Pierre Vandervelden

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

BAYEUX War Cemetery (Calvados France)

Page 1 The Pictures

Page 2 List of Casualties

Photo Courtesy Regis Biaux (Fr)
Cpl John Williams Sawyers Gibson 14/06/1944 aged 28
F/Sgt John Murdoch Thomas McKenzie 11/06/1944 aged 27
for Jean Marc Trehiou
F/Sgt Robert Ferguson Edmonds 12/06/1943 aged 28
for Jean Marc Trehiou
F/O Gordon William Brewer 12/06/1943 aged 28
for Jean Marc Trehiou
Tpr Gerald Berger 07/08/1944 aged 20
for Jean Marc Trehiou
O/Smn Dennis Arthur Nunn 20/07/1944 aged 19
for Jean Marc Trehiou
F/Sgt James Stuart Miller 11/06/1944 aged 33
for Jean Marc Trehiou
Cpl Walter Coe MM 18/07/1944 aged 31
for Tony Pringle and the people of Newmarket
Tpr Sidney Humphries 02/08/1944 aged 36
Sidney married Doris Edna Upton of Kingston, Jamaica at Birmingham in 1938 and then resided at ‘Star Cottage’, Burntwood.
A van driver for the G.P.O. at Birmingham, Sidney enlisted in the 12th Royal Lancers on 01/09/1939 later transferring to the 11th Hussars.
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Burntwood
Spr James Graham 06/06/1944 aged 21
James was born in Tilstock, near Whitchurch, Shropshire in 1923, the son of James and Bertha Rebecca (nee Evans) Graham and lived at 5, Malt Kiln Cottages, Tilstock.
On the 14t/05/1940 he volunteered, aged 17, to serve in the Local Defence Volunteers (LDV) following the appeal from Anthony Eden, Secretary of State for War.
The LDV later became the Home Guard and James served with 3 Platoon, ‘G’ Company, 3rdBtn. King’s Shropshire Light Infantry, Home Guard.
On the 05/01/1942 he was called to serve in the Regular Army and was posted to the Royal Irish Fusiliers after which he transferred to the Royal Engineers.
On D-Day, 06/06/1944, the Second British Army landed on Gold Beach, Normandy and the 81st Assault Squadron Royal Engineers, in which James was serving, were tasked to clear any underwater obstacles.
Enemy resistance was stiff and the Royal Engineers came under heavy German fire and James was killed whilst clearing the area.
By the end of D-Day, approximately 25,000 soldiers had landed on Gold Beach of which 400 – 500 were casualties.
James Graham (Snr.) died at Whitchurch, aged 71, in 1959 and his wife died there in 1988, aged 87.
for David Rogers
Medals awarded to James Graham
Sjt Sidney Norton 17/06/1944 aged 32
Pte Henry Frederick Purser 16/08/1944 aged 20
Pte Leonard David John Sidwell 11/07/1944 aged 24
Pte George Leonard Johnson 09/07/1944 aged 21
Cpl Sidney Bates VC 08/08/1944 aged 23
Cpl Charles Richard Jay 11/08/1944 aged 28
L/Cpl George William Wolfe 15/08/1944 aged 25
Sgt Claude Alphonse Forsman 30/07/1944
Fl/Sjt Henry James Somerville 29/07/1944 aged 20
Tpr Percy George Kimberley 02/08/1944 aged 29
Pte George Richard Kennerson 07/08/1944 aged 21
Pte Ernest Edward Bignold 27/06/1944 aged 23
Pte Harold Watkins 16/06/1944 aged 31
Spr John Henry Charles Hirst 06/06/1944 aged 24
Cpl Arthur Thomas Watson 06/06/1944 aged 22
Mjr Frederick Harvey Honeyman MC 11/06/1944 aged 23
Pte Dennis William Tillyard 28/07/1944 aged 25
Pte Neil Watson Gordon 31/07/1944 aged 20

3806 casualties

IF You have a casualty picture, please send me a copy, I'll be glad to show it on this page.

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