IN MEMORy by Pierre Vandervelden

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

HOOGE CRATER Cemetery (ZILLEBEKE)(West Vlaanderen Belgium)

Page 1 The Pictures

Page 2 List of Casualties

Photo Courtesy George Eder & John Cowie
Lt Col. Henry Osbert Samuel Cadogan 30/10/1914 aged 46
& Cpt Alfred Edwin Claud Toke Dooner 30/10/1914 aged 22
Lt Col. Cadogan was killed when he tryied to rescue his deadly wounded Adjt., Cpt Alfred Dooner.
For his grandson Henry Cadogan,
The Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
Lt Col. Cadogan's Memorial in Gayhurst Church, Buckinghamshire:
In loving memory of
Lt Colonel Henry Osbert Samuel CADOGAN
Commanding 23rd Rl. Welch Fusiliers in the 7th Division.
He was killed during the first Battle of Ypres
at Zanvoorde on the morning of
October 30th 1914
while trying to save his Adjutant Capt Dooner
and was buried in Hooge Cemetery
May 21st 1919.
This wooden German cross marked the spot
where his body was found by his brother-in-law
Walter who, with his wife Blanche Carlile,
erected this tablet
On him be peace and the blessing
for he was great hearted
Part of the original German cross is fixed to the plaque. It reads
Hier ruht Ein Engländer (Here rests an Englishman)
Photos Courtesy of Buckinghamshire Remembers
Pte John T. Marsh 25/09/1918
Pte William T. Marshall 09/10/1917 aged 24
He married Martha in 1915, they had a daughter, Ivy (+ 11/1971).
Martha remarried in 1928 to Martin Brennan ( + 1942), who had been called up for the war in 1916 but was found to be quite ill and given a medical discharge one year later never having left England.
Together they had two daughters and a son also called Martin.
for Steven Martin Brennan, grandson of Martin & Martha.
L/Cpl Frank (Fred) Hodgson 03/10/1918
Rfm Arthur Thomas Andrews 03/10/1918 aged 42
Gnr Harry Harban 25/10/1917 aged 21
Harry was a single man who lived with his parents, Harry and Ann Harban, at 63, Long Street, Walsall, his father being an iron caster.
He enlisting in the Army at Darlaston in 04/1915.
Drafted to France on Sunday 13/06/1915, Harry was wounded in 09/1917 while in a dugout but recovered sufficiently to return to his battery.
He was killed serving in the Third Ypres Battle whilst his battery was situated at Tuilleries near Zillebeke.
The War Diary for the day of his death merely records:
“25 October 1917 - Firing carried out by batteries.”
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Walsall
Pte James Thomas Hall 10/1889 - 20/09/1917
He was born in Gulval, Cornwall, son of Francis Nicholas and Elizabeth Jane (nee Winn) Hall.
He maried Florence Jane Hall on 06/1916 in Penzance, Cornwall, they had a son, Thomas James Hall born in 1916.
James is commemorated on the Gulval cenotaph.
for his great nephew Peter Hall and family
Pte Alfred Mears 20/09/1917
Alfred appears to have served in the military under the name of Fred Mears.
He was born in Walsall to Alfred Henry and Kate Mears of 20, Whitehouse Street, Walsall.
As a youth Alfred attended St. Peter’s School, Walsall and was later employed as a leather worker by Lavender and Overton Limited of Eldon Street Works, Walsall.
He enlisted in the Army at Walsall on Monday 05/06/1916 and was killed during the opening day of The Battle of Menin Road Ridge.
His bn attacked at 5.40am on the day of his death advancing into Bulgar Wood, north east of Hollebeke, and seizing a number of blockhouses.
By 7.45am the bn’s objectives had been met and German counter attacks at 5.30pm, 7pm and 9pm were all broken up.
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Walsall
Sjt Frank Smith MM 08/03/1918
Frank was the son of William Henry and Amy Smith of 25, West Bromwich Road, Walsall.
He was employed as a platelayer for the London and North Western Railway when called up on reserve at the outbreak of war and was twice wounded and once invalided home with fever in his service.
Awarded the Military Medal for bravery in 07/1917, Frank was killed during the fighting around Ypres when the Germans attacked his bn’s trenches.
Casualties for the two days amounted to 1 officer and 13 other ranks killed.
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Walsall
Pte George Ernest Wade 01/10/1917 aged 23
Pte William J. Slaughter 04/10/1917
Pte Wellesley Taylor 30/11/1917
Sjt Edward W. Butler 04/10/1917
Pte Christopher Everding 31/10/1917 aged 31
Pte Franck Abbott 31/10/1917 aged 21
Gnr Albert Edward Steele 30/10/1917 aged 27
Son of George William Steele and Elizabeth (nee Cobbin), Albert had nine siblings and two half-siblings.
for Glennys Gow (Lismore NSW Australia)
2nd/Lt William John Jaggers 20/09/1917 aged 28
for Sue Hurle

2 344 casualties

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