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on 11/08/2009 at 11:10

When I visited the grave of my Great Uncle Percy I felt as if he spoke to me. I wrote these words later and when I got home I set it to music. When I sing the song it's as if one old soldier lives again.

Percy’s Song P. Gilbert

1. Aye up me duck, here I am just over here
Percy Boy they called me from 6th Leicestershire
Word went round Hinckley town and I signed short service forms
To fight for King and country in the war to end all wars.

2. Aye up me duck, we meet at last, don’t shed a tear
Unknown age writ on my grave for over 90 years
Best not to speak or think of the horrors that I saw
But I’m happy knowing I won peace in the war to end all wars.

3. Now I was just a grocer when I heard the battle call
The Captain said ‘you’ll do me lad hang up that overall.’
We looked so sharp in Ypres ‘The Tigers are here’ we cried
‘You’ll all be home for Christmas’ said the Generals but they lied.

4. We dug in deep as mustard gas and rain fell from the sky
One by one I lost my mates and began to wonder why
At Passchendaele I copped it, a bullet did for me
In sinking mud, I cried for Mum our Tom and his apple trees.

5. Aye up me duck, I’m glad that you could find the time to come
I hope next time you bring; your daughter and your son
You can tell them all about ‘Our Perce’ from a Hinckley grocer’s store
How he was brave, your lives he saved in the war to end all wars.

6. Take care me duck, off you go to the land that I gave peace
Up the Fosse and Tigers too, I remember Filbert Street
I’m glad the fighting is over and my life was not a waste
And the war to end all wars made the world a better place.
Copyright PGG 2009
on 11/08/2009 at 11:00

Thankyou for helping preserve their memory. Hoping to visit Belgium in the not too distant future to follow in family members footsteps and to visit those who didn't come home.
on 10/08/2009 at 13:30

While researching a Roll of Honour, in the church that I attend, I came across this site. I must commend you on the detail you have painstakingly collated. So far I have not searched it in detail, but I can see that so much has been compiled that I am sure that at some point I will be able to make use of the information it contaisns. My thanks to you. Byron Evans South Wales
on 09/08/2009 at 15:59

Thankyou, a beautiful site that remebers and honours those who fought and gave everything........
on 09/08/2009 at 14:08

hello this is the first time i have been on here and i am trying to find my father family. i know that fusilier john worsley is my great uncle and louisa worsley is my nana.
i am looking for my nana's sister and brother, i have recently found out that my uncle tom (one of my nana's brother's) is no longer with us but i am still hopeful that i can find the rest of my father's family.
if anyone can hope me please let me know by email
hardingkatie( at sign)msn.com

thank you all for you help
on 09/08/2009 at 05:23

Thank you for your dedication in creating and maintaining this site. My great uncle, 2405 Private Alister White, was killed on 4th April, 1918 and is interred at the Adelaide Cemetry. I have been told he was killed in the Battle of the Somme but just where I do not know. We plan our pilgrimage to VB for Anzac Day, 2010.
on 07/08/2009 at 18:38

Thank you for remembering my great grandfather who was charles norman innes dunman, who died in the third battle of Ypres, on 31 july 1917, and is buried in hooge crater cemetery. I am so proud to call him my great grandfather, and hope next year to visit his grave.
lest we forget.............
on 07/08/2009 at 16:07

An excellent site Pierre. It has been a great help in my family history research and I will certainly be sending you some photographs to add to it. I just wish I had found it sooner!
on 04/08/2009 at 12:41

I am most grateful to you for producing this most excellent web page, and for the help it gave me to find and visit the grave of my late father's brother who is buried at Tilloy British Cemetery. he was killed on the first day of the great attck on 9 April 1917. Again my most grateful thanks
on 03/08/2009 at 08:39

JAMES MATTHEW; dearly loved and missed father of Freda Matthew, Auckland and Eileen {Kennedy} Christchurch NZ. Loved husband of the late Mamie.
So sad for our Dad to be cheated out of knowing his grandchildren etc, so many of them have his good looks.
Many of his family have visited Bruyelle and we are all deeply grateful for the care of the graves of these young men. Thank you from all of us in New Zealand.
on 03/08/2009 at 06:48

I am trying to find more information about William J Worgan, 1st Glos regt No 20691. He is buried in Cambrin Cemetery - FRO163 0-16. I have a photograph of a wooden cross showing his memorial. He died on 23/05/18 stating 'killed in action' He was my grandmothers brothers son making him my cousin. My Mother, who is 90 years old cannot remember anything about him. Can you help please?
on 01/08/2009 at 18:52

Thank you so much for letting me find a place to say.
Thank you .
My Great Uncle was Aaron Jones, he is buried at Thiant,Nth France.
He died on 31/10/1918. A Sgt in the Welsh battallion.
May you rest in peace and know your family ALL loved you and your neices are very proud of you as are all your family .
Bless you.
on 31/07/2009 at 11:14

My relative 6738 Stanley Carlyle Clipstone is buried here and today I have been sent one of his original medals which apparently has been lost to the family for many years and turned up in a shoebox on the other side of Australia. We hope to visit one day when next in Europe.
on 30/07/2009 at 15:13

I have only recently been able to piece my father death in WW2 to Haverlee Cemetery. Thanks to tracing his R/103037 number I have been able to trace his whereabouts. I see he is listed in your files Oscar Frederick Newton, Canadian Flight Sergeant (air Gnr).died 26/12/1944, age 26. I would very much like to have a photo of his tombstone Coll. Gr. 5.A. 5-7. if it is not too much trouble. My mother has passed on and I inheirited my fathers' belongings medals etc. and I would like to donate what I have collected of his life up to his death to the RCAF WORLD WAR 11 museum near his hometown Havelock, On. Canada. With much Thanks I would appreciate the photo of his tomestone and then I can rest in peace that I a least made an effort to preserve his legacy.
Yours with THANKS
Mrs Darelene Cooper (nee Newton)
2423 Chilsworthy Ave
Mississauga, Ontario
Canada L5B 2R4
on 29/07/2009 at 15:26

thankyou so much for the update on my uncle john it is a great comfort to know he is not forgotten i often visit your page many thanks again
on 29/07/2009 at 04:42

Your site gives great commemoration to those who made the greatest sacrifice. My great uncle 1761 Sergeant A E Reed 51st Battalion AIF is buried at Caudry Communal Cemetery.He was wounded and captured at the battle of Mouquet Farm on the 3rd September 1916. He spent September 1916 at German Military Hospital at Caudry and died on the operating table on the 1st October 1916.
on 28/07/2009 at 21:43

Thank you for this site my grandfathers brother is buried here he was Willliam Learthart. We never knew where he was buried,but my mother still has his war trunk with his name on, a mystery has now been cleared up.
on 28/07/2009 at 09:28

My Grandfather is buried here, thankyou for sending a photo of his grave it means so much, If anyone has a photo of the Royal warwickshire regiment 8bn i would be most grateful, I have never seen a photograph of my Grandfather Mathew Armstrong, nor did my mother, He was killed when she was 5 months old. if anyone could help me my email is Rachsmacdonald( at sign)hotmail.com. Thanks
on 28/07/2009 at 03:45

PS We are doing a conducted Western Front tour next April and will also be doing private 10 day driving tour after the Western Front tour.

on 28/07/2009 at 03:40

Great job - this must have taken your a long time to accumulate and setup.

Thanks Allan
on 27/07/2009 at 21:44

My Great Grandfather Michael Fahey was killed on the 1st day of the battle of Loos 25/09/1915 and is buried in Cambrin Military Cemetery. I hope to visit the cemetery soon to pay my respects to him x
on 27/07/2009 at 13:32

I finally found the resting place of my great grandfather. How sad. Brave men. God bless you Martin Noon. x x x
on 26/07/2009 at 19:17

Hi my great uncle Donald McKinnon Anderson is buried in Denain Communal Cemetary reference C.56. He served with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders but unfortunately was made a POW and died in a German Military Hospital in 1918.

I have managed to find his service record, medal index card and even some information in the local papers but wondered if it was possible to receive a photo of the actual grave stone? I have also written to the International Red Cross to see if I can find out information on his time as a POW. A photo would be another piece of the jigsaw and would be greatly appreciated if this could be arranged.

Yours in anticipation

Steven Smith
on 26/07/2009 at 18:02

i would like to add my great uncle to your memory guest book his name was ernest william jenney and he was with the 1/4th york and lancs and is buried at erqulinnes cemetary grave number 67 i noticed a message on this board from a alwyn whitehouse whose family member was also from the same regiment they were probably very good friends and are buried in the same cemetary
on 26/07/2009 at 16:31

My sister put me onto this website and I'm glad she did, it gave me the chance to see my Uncle Stanley Teague. I never met him, but his memory was always kept alive by his siblings. His name is also on a war mamorial in Grove Park, Weston-super-Mare, uk.
We should never forget all the services and those that lost their lives trying to make this world a better place for us to live. God bless them and may they always rest in peace.
on 24/07/2009 at 13:56

A contact I made whilst researching my Hatton family history sent me your link. I was pleased to see the photo's regarding Alfred Hatton (my Grand Uncle), but also sad he had to lose his life so young. I'd be grateful if you could email me the photo's you have. Thank you for working on such a good website. Rob Parker
on 23/07/2009 at 18:13

My grandmothers brother was Harold Hildebrand it was nice to see a bit of information about the plane crash he was in.
This is a great site, keep up the good work.
on 23/07/2009 at 11:21

My mothers maiden name was Squires. I recently visted both France and Belgium on a battlefields tour, and came across a few soldiers who shared the same name as my mothers family who are originally from South Yorkshire and around that area, and found one particular one who could be a potential relative, called George Albert Squires of the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. I came across his name on a memorial in the Somme area of France on July 21st. Also, on this same day I found the name of J. Squires on another memorial. While researching George Albert on the internet, I came across this site and a woman who had posted a message named Catherine Squires and found that this man was a known relative to her, and that the other could also be a possibility. I would really like to get in contact with her to find out if there is any link between us. Even if there is no connection between us I might have some valuable information for her to locate these lost relatives.
on 21/07/2009 at 21:23

Can't thank you enough for this website, have found my uncle's grave and can now visit.

thanks again

carol sherratt
(Claude A Turner, St. Manvieu 12.06.44)
on 18/07/2009 at 10:38

Thank you for creating this website.
It is so good to see that these brave lads are not forgotton.
I'm 95% sure i have found my Great Uncle George Podmore who served with Kings Shropsire Light Infantry. He is buried at The Royal Irish Rifles Cemetry.
I plan to come over to the UK later this year, i now hope to make a trip to Laventie France to pay my respect to Great Uncle George and to ALL the other lads with him.
Again many thanks for the site.
on 17/07/2009 at 21:10

It's always good to find a site remembering those who lost their lives for us - many thanks for this.

Another cemetery in Oise, France is in the small village of Gannes. Seven Lancaster aircrew were killed on 18 June 1944 and are buried there. The website www.cromulent.co.uk/gannes/ gives a history of what happened and of subsequent events.
on 16/07/2009 at 16:32

Glad to see that James Stevenson has been remembered. He was my brother died in Neerpelt ages 19 on September 11 1944. He is buried with George Thomasson and close to James Muir the Canadian- Always remembered and graves well cared for by the people of Neerpelt. Hoping to visit Neerpelt in October 2009
on 15/07/2009 at 09:45


A privilege and a pleasure to meet you and Jean-Michel at Blernacourt Communal cemetery on Saturday 11th July 2009.

Lest We Forget

on 11/07/2009 at 14:37

I'm proud my uncle did his bit in the ww11, only to die at the age of 20. He's buried in Lier, his name is Stanley Teague private 14330803 Essex Regiment.He died 7th October 1944, I've never met him but have photos of him passed down through the family
on 10/07/2009 at 17:14

Thank you so much for the good works that you have done. My Grandfather Thomas O'Brien is at Tournai. I wish my dad was still alive to see it.
on 07/07/2009 at 00:17

So proud that my Great Uncle Samuel Foxall R.G.A. who was killed in action in 1917 has not being forgotten. Thank you for helping keep their memory fresh and alive. They shall not be forgotten. Rest in peace brave men.
on 05/07/2009 at 21:02

In researching my family history I'm looking for all references to Walter Lawry Chaplain Hardy of the Royal Engineers , killed in March 1918. I was pleased to see his death recorded in your website covering Hersin Communal Cemetary Extension. Any idea how I find out about the circumstances of death?
on 05/07/2009 at 21:00

Last Wednesday I was cycling on the tow-path next to the Schelde. The small roman church of Esquelmes caught my eye. I stopped and went visiting the picturesque church. There, on the small churchyard: 10 white graves of WWI. 10 young soldiers of the Durham Light Infantry. Reading the inscriptions on the tomb stones made me silent. All died in October and November of 1918, just days before the war ended. My tribute to them.
on 05/07/2009 at 15:01

What a wonderful site. I have come across it whilst doing family tree research, and will be visiting Orchard Dump cemetery later this month to find the grave of William Thomas Sandford, a cousin of my grandfather. You are doing very important work here, we must forever remember the sacrifices of these brave men. Touching and powerful stuff.
on 04/07/2009 at 15:09

A terrific website, truly a labour of love and devotion. To find someone this dedicated and caring about the sacrifices made on all our behalf so many years ago deserves to be honoured.
You do remember them! Please accept my grateful thanks for all your help.
on 02/07/2009 at 10:00

This is a fantastic site. Thank you for your dedication. My husbands fathters uncle is buried in this cemetry. I would most appreciatte if you are able to send me a photo of his grave. John Oswald Ayres.
on 30/06/2009 at 19:01

visited grave of sam raistrick very moving paid my respects laid
cross 11th of 11th 90th anniversary .
on 26/06/2009 at 15:33

My mother's brother Gunner William Grigg is buried in De Panne Communal Cemetery. He was part of the BEF and died on 31/5/1940 aged 21. My grandmother was never able to visit his grave but my mother and father went many years ago in her place. We have no other information on him or photos and now I am doing Family Research I would be delighted in any information you may have of him.
on 23/06/2009 at 19:52

My Grandfather Charles Henry Smart is buried at Varennes Cemetery. He was Able Seaman in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve. He died on 21 January 1917 from Shrapnel Wounds.
on 22/06/2009 at 23:53

I just watched on our military channel about WW1 and about Harold E Walpole, who died a few hours after the Armistice was signed. It showed the cemetery where he is buried with three other soldiers who died after the armistice was signed and five soldiers who died in 1914. It was a very moving show on tv. My grandfather, Roy Samarija, fought in WWI. He was from what is now Croatia. My father, Leo Rivers fought in WWII against Japan. It is sad that the world has learned how to make a deadlier war but not a lasting peace. It is also sad that in New York State that history is being thrown on the back burner in schools. I keep thinking of the words if you don't know history, you are doomed to repeat it. I stress to my nephew and niece that you must learn history. I tell them that words like Sudentenland, Holocaust, Edith Cavell, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Winston Churchill and other words relating to wars must never be forgotten. Thank you.
on 19/06/2009 at 15:11

My Great Uncle Private Charles William Planson. Royal West Kent Regiment Royal Fusiliers ( 17252 GS 61420 ) not sure what these mean.
Died 12th January 1918 ( Ancestry states his death as April 1918)
Buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery North no III E 7.
Is there any one who may have information, about the battles at that time, photos of soldiers, or photos of graves in that part of the cemetery.
Any expenses covered.
on 14/06/2009 at 22:28

I am touched by my ancestor Harry Turnham, who died at age 37,
on 06/06/2009 at 18:06

Members of my family have been over to Beny-Sur-Mer to pay tribute to my Uncle TWF (Thomas) Hackford killed in action June 6, 1944 within the recent past. It is impossible not to be moved as you walk among the headstones reading the comments and grasping the reality of the age of these brave soldiers. Congratulations to those who maintain these sites, they are truly breathtaking in their serenity and beauty. Hodie Non Cras
on 03/06/2009 at 16:24

Hi - my great uncle is J. Eskdale he is buried in mesnil communal cemetery extension he died 6/6/1918. he was in the highland light infantry I. A. 40. Do you or anyone have a photo of his grave. - Thanks.
on 29/05/2009 at 22:12

William Samuel Marshall McGhee (Marshall) was the half brother of my Mother-in-Law. He was born in Madoc, Ontario, Canada, but moved with his two brothers to Saskatchewan. In the attached family photo, taken around 1911, he is standing on the right side. My Mother-in Law, Vera, was about 5, and is sitting between her parents. My wife and I visited Marshall's grave several years ago. However, if you have a picture of his headstone, I would appreciate a copy. It is good of you to maintain this site. Many thanks, and God bless you.
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