IN MEMORy by Pierre Vandervelden

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

ECOIVRES Military Cemetery (Mont St Eloi) (Pas de Calais France)

Page 1 The Pictures

Page 2 List of Casualties

Pte Frd H. Glover 10/04/1917 aged 25
Pte Reginald Leo Anthony Carroll 02/04/1917 aged 20
for Mr Pete McClure
Lt John Dickinson 08/04/1917 aged 25
For Avalon Eastman
Oundle School Roll of Honour
Pte Levy Henry Robins 05/04/1917 aged 19
for Norman (Levy's nephew) and Bella Robins, Mike and Donna Mae (nee Robins) Reid and family
Norman still lives on the Robins Family farm in Sundridge, Where Levi was born, Powassan Ontario.
Pte John S. Henderson 05/02/1898 - 30/01/1917
John enlisted 26/02/1916 in Westville N. S. where he was born.
for Paul Henderson (Sarnia Can.)
Spr Charles Fisher 06/04/1917 aged 36
A native of Peckham, Surrey, Charles resided at 10, School Terrace, Walsall with his wife Elsie Nellie.
He was a saddler by trade employed at Jabez Cliff Limited, Lower Forster Street, Walsall.
He was KiA in action while north west of Arras.
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Walsall
Lt Alfred Archibald Smith 02/04/1916
Alfred was the son of Thomas Alfred and Sophy (nee Darby) Smith and resided with them in Wednesbury Road, Walsall and later at ‘Westmount’, 64, Highgate Road, Walsall.
He was educated at Charterhouse School, Farncombe, Godalming, Surrey, where he was head boy, and gained a scholarship to University College, London.
Returning to Walsall he took up an appointment at his father’s firm, A.S. Smith and Sons, hardware manufacturers of Charles Street, Walsall.
In 1910 he gained a commission in the local Territorial Force.
He was killed while in the trenches at Neuville, north of Arras.
These trenches had recently been taken from the Germans who were determined to retake them and were making much use of mines to do so.
Major Wistance wrote of the events which led to Archibald’s death:
“The enemy exploded two mines under one of the front line trenches, throwing a terrible amount of earth into the air and breaking the communication between two companies. The company of which Lt. Smith was in charge was moved up in support, and was trying to get in touch across open ground, when they were met by a fierce machine gun fire which enfiladed the gap. Lt. Smith met his death instantaneously.”
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Walsall
Pte Samuel Bates 04/04/1916 aged 35
Samuel was a married man residing in Lichfield Road, Shelfield with his wife and 2 children.
A miner, he enlisted in the Army at Shelfield in 08/1915 and was killed while his bn were holding trenches at Neuville St. Vaast, north of Arras.
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Shelfield
Capt James Adamson 1885 - 05/05/1917
The son of James Adamson and Jane Foster Taylor he was born in Sunderland, Durham.
for John Hall
Lt Robert Branks Powell 02/04/1881 - 29/04/1917
He was the son of Dr. Israel and Mrs. Powel, Victoria, BC, where he was born.
Robert was a lawyer and worked for B.C’s Lt. Gov. and Canada’s Governor General.
He played competitive tennis in BC and won titles in the states of Washington and Oregon, and in France, Germany, Austria and Monte Carlo; in 1908 reached the men’s semi-finals at Wimbledon.
At the outbreak of WWI he was in Chicago; went to England to enlist for basic training; attesting at Shorncliffe, Kent, on 18/08/1915.
In 02/1917, while stationed in France, he wrote this letter home:
"Darling Mother, please don't worry and be anxious about me. If I fall, I should like you only to feel pride in the fact that I am trying to do my highest duty and never to mourn me. But I have confidence that God will help me to come through it. But the whole thing is hell."
He was killed whilst leading his platoon of 50 men in a charge in the battle of Vimy Ridge.
for Picton, Ontario, Canada
1913 Canadian Davis Cup Team, Bobby Powell is seated.
L/Cpl James Reid 26/04/1916 aged 24
Left, Jame’s handwritten will.
(photo courtesy of the he Irish National Archives, Ref. WO Number E/182565/1, Service Number 9574.)
for George Childs and family
Pte William John Darbourn 10/04/1917 aged 28

1 713 casualties

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