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IN MEMORy by Pierre Vandervelden

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

pierre.vandervelden@pi.be

CHOCQUES Military Cemetery (Pas de Calais France)

Page 1 The Pictures

Page 2 List of Casualties

Cpt Charles Meyrick Pritchard 14/08/1916
Former, he was Welsh Rugby Football International.
Lt James Alexander Simpson 22/10/1916 aged 32
For Donna MacRae
Pte Frederick Thomas Cryer 03/10/1915 aged 21
S/Lt Henry Hayr Cox 19/05/1917 aged 26
He was born 16/08/1896
For Avalon Eastman
Oundle School Roll of Honour
Cpt Frederick Raymond Milholland 26/02/1918 aged 22
He was born 01/01/1896
For Avalon Eastman
Oundle School Roll of Honour
S/Lt Howard Church Burbridge 13/09/1916
He was born 16/11/1889
For Avalon Eastman
Oundle School Roll of Honour
Pte William H. Withington 04/01/1916
For the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
Pte John Ison 17/09/1915
John was born in Walsall to John and Jane Ison of 31, Cope Street, Leamore.
Drafted to France on Tuesday 11/08/1914, John died in hospital having been wounded three days previously at Givenchy.
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Walsall
and for the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
Pte William Pettiford 25/09/1915
William was born in Bloxwich to Francis and Elizabeth Pettiford of 77, Green Lane, Walsall.
A caster’s help at the Croft Foundry, Walsall, William enlisted in the Army at Lichfield during 03/1914 and was drafted to France on Thursday 17/12/1914.
Previously invalided home during the winter of 1914 with frostbite, William died of wounds received on the first day of the Battle of Loos.
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Walsall
Lt Robert Chalmers 26/05/1915 aged 21
for Dr H.J. Krijnen
Sjt Alfred Evans 04/01/1918
Alfred was the son of Joseph and Sarah Evans of 2, Parker Street, Bloxwich, his father being a canal labourer.
Wounded in action he was removed to 1st Casualty Clearing Station just outside Bethune where he succumbed to his injuries.
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Bloxwich
Lt Charles Bennett Spence 09/05/1915 aged 26
Charles was born in Burntwood the son of Doctor James Beveridge and Elizabeth Roebuck Spence of Burntwood, his father being the Superintendent at Burntwood Hospital.
He was killed when flying a Maurice Farman Shorthorn 1854 (a French reconnaissance and light bomber biplane) of 16 Squadron with 2nd/Lt the Honorable William Francis Rodney (formerly of the Rifle Brigade) as his observer.
At 7.30am their aircraft was hit by German anti-aircraft fire and began a steep glide that turned into a nosedive, leading to the airframe failing at 2,000 feet.
Both occupants were killed instantly.
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Burntwood
Pte James Yates 29/11/1917 aged 26
James was married to Mary and had two children residing at 4, Alma Street, Green Lane, Birchills.
He was mortally wounded while in trenches south west of Hulluch and removed to 1st Casualty Clearing Station north west of Bethune where he succumbed.
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Birchills
Pte Frederick Joseph Walters 17/04/1918
Frederick was the son of Frederick William and Ellen Elizabeth Walters of 141, Queen Street, Walsall.
He was killed during a German attack on his bn’s lines near Bois-de-Pacuat.
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Walsall
Pte Harry Keel 22/05/1915 aged 33
Harry was employed at the Cyclops Works, Walsall however when called up on reserve at the outbreak of war he was working in Yorkshire.
He was drafted to France on Saturday 28/11/1914.
A letter home written by a Sergeant Maley stated that Harry
“had been wounded in the head during a determined attack.”
It is likely that Harry was removed to 1st Casualty Clearing Station, north west of Bethune where he later died.
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Walsall
L/Sjt Richard George Irons 13/12/1917
Richard was a married man with a daughter residing at 17, Lewis Street, Walsall.
He was wounded a first time on Tuesday 10/10/1916.
And wounded a second time on Tuesday 11/12/1917 while serving at Noyelles and died in a Casualty Clearing station.
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Walsall
Capt Leslie Cozens 14/10/1915 aged 21
Leslie was the second son of Frederick Theophilus and Minnie Gertrude Cozens of 20, Lichfield Street, Walsall.
His father had his own business as a tanner and currier trading as Michael Cozens and Sons of 7, Hatherton Street, Walsall.
His Colonel, Colonel Raymer, wrote to the family:
“On the afternoon of the 13th the battalion attacked the German trenches. Your son was in command of “A” Company and was lying on the ground with his company, just at my side, when he was hit.”
Leslie was removed to 1st Casualty Clearing Station outside Bethune where he died the following day.
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Walsall
Spr Benjamin Bartle 12/05/1918 aged 27
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Walsall
Capt Nathan Leonard Harris MC 28/08/1918 aged 24
He was killed while serving with the 9th Bn Royal Welch Fusiliers when the rgt were part of the "Flanders Advance" action with the 19th Division.
Centre, a newspaper clipping which is probably a sanitised version of the report of his death.
His father was very upset and never really recovered despite having two other younger sons that served and survived the war.
He built a memorial hall in Newport Monmouthshire to his son's memory.
Nathan effects were sent back to the family comprising of his kit bag, dress boots, camp bed, his sword, pistol with ammunition and surprisingly two hand grenades.
The grenades are now in the Leicester Regimental Museum.
for his great nephew Justin Harris
Pte Thomas Smith 18/10/1915 aged 25
Tom was former coal miner, he joined up on 11/05/1915.
He was wounded on the 11/10/1915 and died a week later in the Chocques clearing station.
His wife Janet and his daughter Annie (here taken in Scotland in 1926) emigrated to Australia when Annie was about 12.
Janet never remarried and died aged 46.
Annie had a very difficult life and passed away aged 64.
They are both at rest in the local cemetery at Bulli, 50 miles south of Sydney.
for his grandson and Annie's son Ronald Halsey and family
Tom visited by Ron and Gloria in 09/2012
Pte William Pettigrew 28/09/1915 aged 20
for Ian W. Pettigrew
Coy Qmr Sjt Thomas Douglas Benjamin Jackson 25/04/1880 - 20/04/1918
He was from North Street, St Michael, Stamford.
His portrait was taken by his father-in-law who had a Photographers shop (Wilkie & Son) in Cork, Ireland.
for Catherine Millar
L/Cpl George D. King 27/09/1915 aged 27
For the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
Gnr Harold Benjamin Allcott MM 18/04/1918 aged 25
one of 12 children, born Upton Snodsbury, Worcestershire, England.
for his great nephew Martin Allcott
Sjt Albert William Rigby 20/05/1915 aged 25
Albert was the second son of Joseph and Sarah Elizabeth Rigby of 161, Upper St. John Street, Lichfield.
He enlisted in the 2nd Bn, South Staffordshire Regiment at Lichfield in 08/1903 and saw service in India, South Africa and Burma.
Albert was mortally wounded in action being removed to the 1st Casualty Clearing Station at Chocques where he succumbed.
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Lichfield

 

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