IN MEMORy by Pierre Vandervelden

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

LA FERTE SOUS JOUARRE Memorial (Seine et Marne France)

Page 1 The Pictures

Page 2 List of Casualties

Photo Courtesy Jo Francis
Sjt Samuel Clayton KIA 09/09/1914 aged 31
Son of Walter, he was born in 1883 in Rushden Northamptonshire and by 1901 was in the army barracks at Northampton and by the outbreak of the first World War he had been in the army for 15 years. He was the first victim of Rushden.
Originally, Samuel was commemorated by name on this Memorial.
A grave in Montreuil Aux Lions British Cemetery wears only a mention "a Serjeant of the Great War -Suffolk Regiment".
Some evidence came to light in 1997, the CWGC discovered that the headstone commemorating in this cemetery could be his one.
After further investigation, it was agreed that this was the grave of Samuel, hence the special memorial headstone "Believed to be".
His brother, Pte Walter Henry Clayton is dead 14/07/1916 aged 19 and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.
For Jo Francis and Family (Eng.)
Pte Edgar Charles Hooper 26/09/1914
Pte Joseph Harold Beebee 20/09/1914
Harold served as Police Officer in Barrow-in-Furness, U. K., before enlisting in the Army.
He had three sisters: Lillie, Agnes and Clara and a brother, Ezekiel Beebee, who made it through WW1 fighting with 2bn South Staffordshire Rgt.
Ezekiel suffered immediate hearing loss having patrolled too close to a (heavily camouflaged) field gun and – refusing to go to a Doctor –he tended his own gangrenous bullet wound in his skin until 1973.
for their great nephew Sam Beebee and family
2nd/Lt Gilbert Philip Hammond 26/08/1914 aged 22
for Tony Pringle and the people of Newmarket
Pte William McCartney 14/09/1914 aged 26
His brother Pte Joseph McCartney also fell on 03/05/1917, aged 22 and also has no known grave.
He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial.
for their great nephew Alan Blue
Sjt William Bradley 13/09/1914
for Owen Dobson
Pte Joseph Jones 24/08/1914 aged 30
He served in India as from 16 years old he was in the army, then had 2 years as a canal boat worker before re-enlisted at the age of 30.
He was killed during the battle of Audregnies and body never found after been buried behind a farm building, where the Cheshire’s headquarters were based that day.
It is still possible that his body was discovered and buried in Audregnies Communal Cemetery who contains 14 Unknowns graves of Cheshire Rgt Soldiers.
for Stephen Wakefield and family

3 739 casualties

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