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IN MEMORy by Pierre Vandervelden

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PONT SUR SAMBRE Communal Cemetery (Nord France)

H. Ackroyd
T. Snowball
Pte William F. John Wilson KIA 30/09/1899 - 07/11/1918
He had volunteered to act as stretcher bearer in the place of another man who had been kicked by a horse 2 days before. At the time of his death he was one of 4 bearers carrying a wounded man. The shell killed 3 of the 4 and wounded the 4th and the man in the stretcher.
Right: extract of a letter his parents received from the chaplain of his regiment, with the above information.
For Fred and Sue Minshull.
Pte Tom Webb 07/11/1918 aged 32
Tom left behind his wife Clara, and children, Clara, Tom, May & Douglas.
for his younger son Douglas Webb born 13/08/1918, who never met his father, and the whole family
L/Cpl Wilfred George Mawby Johns 07/11/1918 aged 25
for his grandchildren Yvonne June Suutari (nee Sutton) and Stewart Ralph Sutton (Molly's children)
Wilfred and (who is believed to be) his brother Cyril In civilian clothes His wife Beatrice Evelyn and daughter Molly
Wilfred's Death Penny
Wilfred's Victory and British War Medals.
They were sent on 28/07/1921 to Beatrice.
They were well kept in their original mail box and enveloppe.
Wilfred's Funeral Card
On 13/11/1918, Rev. J. E. Walker, Chaplain to the 1st Devonshire Rgt wrote to Beatrice:
"Dear Mrs Johns,
May I express my very sincere sympathy with you in the sad loss you have sustamed by the death of your husband Cpl W. Johns 30325 who was killed in action on Thursday Nov. 7th.
He was taking part in a gallant advance of the Devons at the time he was killed instantly by enemy shell fire.
His body was recovered later and was buried along with others in a British Cemetery in the village of Pantigny, a mile east of the village of Pont sur Sambrewhich is situated on the river Sambre just east of the forest of Mormal through which we had passed 2 days before.
Cpl Johns was a brave and efficient soldier trusted alike by officers and men who greatly mourne his loss.
He has given his life for his country and is now numbered with that great company of heroic souls who have made the supreme sacrifice.
His spirit is now in Gods gracious keeping where no sorrow or pain can ever ...
I pray that God may comfort your heart with his own fever and love in this time of your great sorrow.
We can not but we profondly thankful that hostilities have now ceased and that no further sacrifice of precious lives will be called for, but I am afraid you will be able to take little part in the general rejoicens because of your sad loss in the last days of the war.
It is true however that your husband still lives in a better and happier world and if he could speak would ask you not to grieve too much for him as he has entered into fuller life.
I say this because I believe your husband was a good man and that he now enjoys the mercies and blessings that are ours in Christ Jesus.
I am sorry I did not know him better, but I have only been with this Bn 5 weeks and we have been moving about most of the time and taken part in two battles.
Please accept the sincere sympathy and condoleance of all his comrades.
His effects will be forwarded in due course by the War Office.
Believe me to be yours very sincerly."
On 01/12/1918, Rev. L. J. Sandford, Capt. Chaplain to the 1st Devonshire Rgt wrote to Beatrice:
"Dear Mrs Johns,
You have received the sad news that your husband, Cpl Wilfred Johns has been killed in action.
I should very much like you, at this time, when so many are full of the joy of peace of Xmas, to know of my deep sympathy in your grief.
I can only say it was the wonderful devotion to duty and self-sacrifice of NCO's like your husband which enabled his Bn to win a so great success, just when it was needed.
All honour and gratitude to him.
His body was brought back and buried with some of his comrades in a cemetery in a small village called Pautepuy, close to Pont-Sur-Sambre on Sunday, November 10, just before we came away.
May God in his Love grant him rest and peace and may he gives you at this time a very special measure of comfort and trustfulness and to bear you heavy burden of sorrow and loneliness as bravely as he gave his life for "King and Country". in our hour of need.
With my very real sympathy. Believe me, yours most truly."
The war diary of 1st Bn Devonshire Rgt says:
"07/11, at 03.00 hours, Bn moved to village of Pont-sur-Sambre with order to cross the river Sambre as soon as 1st Norfolks and 1st Cheshires had occured and made good the line of the railway running just west of St-Remi-Mal-Bati.
We were to commence crossing at 08.30 hours, but swing to bridges being impassable and ennemy M. G. posts covering crossings the 1st Norfolk and 1st Cheshires were unable to form bridgeheads and push forward until 07.30 hours.
At 11.00 Bn commenced to cross river Sambre by tin small foot brifges at Pont-Sur-Sambre and were all clear at 11.30 hours.
The 1st E. Surreys had 1 Coy in close support behind us.
The Bn prohed on to the line of the railway by the road running through Pantigny.
Coys in advance guard formation.
On reaching Bois George Bn deployed, N° 1 Coy forming advance company and deployed in sections, N° 2 Coy on right, N° Coy on left and N° 4 Coy in support.
Bn took over line of Railway but found the left was not quite up to the railway swing to heavy M. G. fire from Boussieres the division on our left (42nd) being heldeep.
st ESurreys and 1st D.C.L.I. had by now crossed river, 1st E. Surreys in support and 1st D.C.L.I. in reserve.
The Bn had a section of M. Gs. attached and these were with treserve Coy, also a section of 18 pounders, but these were unable to cross river and get into action until later.
At 13.00 hours the Bn commenced to push forward. Only a short distance was however gained. Heavy fire from front, flanks and rear caused 3 Cas to be drawn towards St-Remy-Mal-Bati, the right Coys encoutered no resistance and pushing forward reached the Green Line, on the line of the road running from Hautmont to Fontaine.
This Coy was in touch with Durham L. I. on the right (21st Div.) but not in touch on the left, there being a gap of some 1,000 yards between right and centre Coys.
At 17.00 hours the position of Bn of 1st, 3rd and 4th Coys on a line from the right round the village of St-Remi-Mal-Bati and dug in under heavy M. G. 77mm and T. M. fire, the right Coy were shelled out of their previous position and withdrew to line held by 21st Division.
Casualties during the day were heavy, about 50 Other Rank being wounded or killed and 5 Officers.
Orders were issued for Bn to push on Green Line if possible but no further progress was possible.
At night fall enemy became quieter and a fresh line was formed and touch obtained with N° 2 Coy on the right.
The left flank however still remained in the air.
2 Officers killed, 16 O. R. killed and 2 missing. 7 Officers wounded."

53 casualties

ACKROYD H
United Kingdom Private West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own) 15th Bn. Age: 27 Date of Death: 09/10/1918 Service No: 41630 (in civilian part)

BALDING C
United Kingdom Lance Corporal Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) 5th Bn. Date of Death: 05/11/1918 Service No: 16759 A.14.

BIBBS ERNEST JOHN BENJAMIN
United Kingdom Serjeant Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) 100th Bn. Secondary South Nottinghamshire Hussars Secondary formerly Age: 31 Date of Death: 10/11/1918 Service No: 164420 B.30.

BULLIN F J
United Kingdom Corporal Devonshire Regiment 1st Bn. Date of Death: 07/11/1918 Service No: 31098 B.4.

CLAXTON GEORGE WILLIAM
United Kingdom Corporal East Surrey Regiment 1st Bn. Age: 27 Date of Death: 08/11/1918 Service No: 18207 A.13.

CLOWES WILLIAM CLIVE
United Kingdom Private Cheshire Regiment 1st Bn. Age: 22 Date of Death: 05/11/1918 Service No: 70101 A.19.

COOK R H
United Kingdom Private Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) 100th Bn. Date of Death: 10/11/1918 Service No: 164501 B.32.

CURRAN HENRY
United Kingdom Private The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 18th (Lancashire Hussars) Bn. Date of Death: 08/11/1918 Service No: 204609 B.20.

DAVIES JOHN EDGAR
United Kingdom Private Connaught Rangers "A" Coy. 5th Bn. Age: 22 Date of Death: 08/11/1918 Service No: 15250 B.21.

DAVIS ALBERT JAMES
United Kingdom Private Devonshire Regiment 1st Bn. Age: 39 Date of Death: 07/11/1918 Service No: 72266 B.11.

DAWSON EDWARD
United Kingdom Private Cheshire Regiment 1st Bn. Age: 20 Date of Death: 05/11/1918 Service No: 60548 A.20.

DAY F
United Kingdom Private Devonshire Regiment 1st Bn. Date of Death: 07/11/1918 Service No: 72265 B.9.

DOWNIE ROBERT
United Kingdom Captain Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) 5th Bn. Age: 27 Date of Death: 06/11/1918 A.1.

ESDAILE ARTHUR JAMES
United Kingdom Lieutenant Devonshire Regiment 1st Bn. Age: 32 Date of Death: 07/11/1918 B.1.

GRAHAM JOHN
United Kingdom Gunner Royal Field Artillery 37th Howitzer Bty. Age: 20 Date of Death: 06/11/1918 Service No: 172693 A.17.

GRIFFIN JAMES
United Kingdom Private Cheshire Regiment 1st Bn. Age: 20 Date of Death: 05/11/1918 Service No: 76883 A.6.

GRIFFIN J T
United Kingdom Private Devonshire Regiment 1st Bn. Date of Death: 07/11/1918 Service No: 69941 B.12.

GRUCHY J
United Kingdom Corporal Lancashire Fusiliers 6th Bn. Age: 33 Date of Death: 08/11/1918 Service No: 695 B.27.

HARPER WILLIAM HENRY
United Kingdom Private Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry 1st Bn. Age: 38 Date of Death: 06/11/1918 Service No: 33679 A.3.

HAYMAN E W
United Kingdom Private Connaught Rangers 5th Bn. Date of Death: 09/11/1918 Service No: 20355 B.19.

HOSEASON G B
United Kingdom Private Cheshire Regiment 1st Bn. Age: 23 Date of Death: 05/11/1918 Service No: 316136 A.18.

HOUGHTON SIDNEY THOMAS
United Kingdom Private Devonshire Regiment 1st Bn. Age: 23 Date of Death: 07/11/1918 Service No: 206160 B.13.

HULL JOHN ROBERT
United Kingdom Private Lancashire Fusiliers 1st/6th Bn. Age: 34 Date of Death: 08/11/1918 Service No: 25893 B.18.

IVINS ERNEST EDMUND
United Kingdom Private Devonshire Regiment 1st Bn. Age: 19 Date of Death: 07/11/1918 Service No: 33290 B.10.

JOHNS W G M
United Kingdom Lance Corporal Devonshire Regiment 1st Bn. Age: 25 Date of Death: 07/11/1918 Service No: 30325 B.17.

JONES W W
United Kingdom Private Bedfordshire Regiment 1st Bn. Age: 24 Date of Death: 06/11/1918 Service No: 47366 A.4.

KIDD JAMES FORREST
United Kingdom Lieutenant Royal Air Force 20th Sqdn. Secondary King's Royal Rifle Corps Secondary and 12th Bn. Age: 21 Date of Death: 01/11/1918 A.7.

LAUNDERS EDWARD
United Kingdom Signaller Royal Field Artillery "D" Bty. 162nd Bde. Age: 20 Date of Death: 07/11/1918 Service No: 262577 A.3.

LILLEY G H
United Kingdom Private Devonshire Regiment 1st Bn. Date of Death: 07/11/1918 Service No: 68298 B.14.

LOCK R G
United Kingdom Corporal Devonshire Regiment 1st Bn. Date of Death: 07/11/1918 Service No: 30333 B.5.

MACINTYRE CHARLES FREDERICK DAVIS
United Kingdom Second Lieutenant Royal Field Artillery 37th Howitzer Bty. 27th Bde. Age: 19 Date of Death: 06/11/1918 A.16.

MALONE JOSEPH
United Kingdom Corporal Devonshire Regiment 1st Bn. Age: 23 Date of Death: 07/11/1918 Service No: 31192 B.2.

MARSLAND ABRAHAM
United Kingdom Private Lancashire Fusiliers 6th Bn. Age: 28 Date of Death: 08/11/1918 Service No: 307194 B.23.

McCLENAGHAN GEORGE MAYO
United Kingdom Captain Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) 1st Bn. Age: 22 Date of Death: 08/11/1918 A.10.

MORTON JAMES HARGREAVES
United Kingdom Serjeant East Lancashire Regiment 1st/5th Bn. Age: 37 Date of Death: 06/11/1918 Service No: 25401 A.8.

MOSS WILLIAM EDWARD
United Kingdom Lance Serjeant Lancashire Fusiliers "C" Coy. 6th Bn. Age: 21 Date of Death: 08/11/1918 Service No: 6615 B.24.

OLIVER W
United Kingdom Private Devonshire Regiment 1st Bn. Date of Death: 07/11/1918 Service No: 34197 B.8.

PARKER GEORGE THOMAS
United Kingdom Lance Corporal East Surrey Regiment 1st Bn. Age: 28 Date of Death: 06/11/1918 Service No: 33032 A.12.

PRANKERD RICHARD PERCY
United Kingdom Lieutenant Machine Gun Corps Age: 23 Date of Death: 10/11/1918 B.31.

RAYMENT H
United Kingdom Lance Corporal East Surrey Regiment 1st Bn. Date of Death: 06/11/1918 Service No: 20901 A.11.

SCALES LEONARD HOPE
United Kingdom Corporal Devonshire Regiment 1st Bn. Age: 35 Date of Death: 07/11/1918 Service No: 46884 B.6.

SEGRAVE P
United Kingdom Second Lieutenant Royal Air Force Secondary The King's (Liverpool Regiment) Secondary and 7th Date of Death: 01/11/1918 A.9.

SMITH W
United Kingdom Serjeant 12th (Prince of Wales's Royal) Lancers Age: 42 Date of Death: 10/11/1918 Service No: 12950 B.29.

SNOWBALL THOMAS
United Kingdom Private Royal Army Medical Corps 13th Field Amb Age: 24 Date of Death: 07/11/1918 Service No: 46160 A.21 (in civilian part)

STANGER GEORGE
United Kingdom Private Royal Army Medical Corps 13th Field Amb Age: 29 Date of Death: 09/11/1918 Service No: 69812 A.15.

STRICKLAND SYDNEY EDWIN
United Kingdom Private Devonshire Regiment 1st Bn. Age: 18 Date of Death: 07/11/1918 Service No: 32551 B.7.

THOMSON T
United Kingdom Private Royal Scots 5th Bn. Age: 19 Date of Death: 11/11/1918 Service No: 52751 B.26.

TINGLE P J
United Kingdom Private Lancashire Fusiliers 6th Bn. Age: 21 Date of Death: 08/11/1918 Service No: 24984 B.28.

TROTMAN F H L
United Kingdom Second Lieutenant Devonshire Regiment 1st Bn. Date of Death: 07/11/1918 B.3.

WEBB TOM
United Kingdom Private Devonshire Regiment 1st Bn. Age: 32 Date of Death: 07/11/1918 Service No: 26807 B.16.

WELLS W W
United Kingdom Corporal Royal Field Artillery "D" Bty. 162nd Bde. Date of Death: 07/11/1918 Service No: 102910 A.2.

WILSON H
United Kingdom Second Lieutenant Lancashire Fusiliers 6th Bn. Age: 29 Date of Death: 08/11/1918 B.25.

WILSON W F J
United Kingdom Private Devonshire Regiment 1st Bn. Date of Death: 07/11/1918 Service No: 32479 B.15.

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