IN MEMORy by Pierre Vandervelden

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

NEW IRISH FARM Cemetery (Sint Jan) (West Vlaanderen Belgium)

Page 1 The Pictures

Page 2 List of Casualties

Pte W. W. Speight 01/08/1917
He was believed oldest killed in Ypres Salient, Age: 61.
But he was 40. A correction has been made on his headstone.
Pte William Houchen 20/10/1917
for his Nieces, Gwen Moss and Dorothy Bezant (U.K.)
Bugler Oliver Wilkins 16/08/1917
Cpl Frank Sutton 13/05/1915 aged 26
Pte Thomas Herbert McKay 31/07/1917 aged 21
Cpl Thomas Bowen 16/08/1917
Thomas was born 16/11/1884, was married and had three children, he was coal miner.
Pte Joseph Adams 23/08/1917
Joseph was born in Brownhills, the son of Joseph and Comfort Adams of High Street, Brownhills.
He enlisted in the Army at Walsall during 04/1915 and was drafted to France in 09/1916.
He was killed when he received a shell wound to the neck, most probably during a work detail.
Hhe War Diary recording:
“20/23 August 1917 - Lancashire Farm. The days were spent in cleaning up and rest. Each night practically the whole battalion was employed in the forming dumps on the east side of the Steenbeek. Transport lines worried by 8” gun; after 2 bivouacs had been blown up and the horses got frightened the lines were moved 600 yards and were no longer molested.”
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Walsall
Pte William Howard Birch 1880 - 24/09/1917
William was born in Walsall, the second son of James and Elizabeth of 12, Cairns Street, Walsall.
A painter and decorator, he emigrated to Australia in 11/1911 and settled in Sydney, enlisting in the Australian Army on Thursday 29/06/1915.
William was killed while in the trenches near Westhoek during the Battle of Polygon Wood.
At the time of his death his bn was preparing for a major attack due to commence on Wednesday 26/09/1917.
for Graeme Clarke and the people of Walsall
Spr Herbert Wardle MM 31/07/1917
He was awarded the Military Medal for saving the lives of at least two of his comrades in "no man's land".
for his great niece Margaret Steen
Gnr James Dair 15/10/1917
Before enlistment, James was a “Platelayer” which is a railway worker who maintains track/signals.
for his great grandson Mark Hodkinson
Postcard sent by James to his family a short time before he met his death.


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