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on 16/06/2018 at 15:05

Hello. I am researching my Grandfather Gerald O'Leary who was the tail end charlie in LV 882, The Halifax that came down the night of the2nd - 3rd June 1944.

He parachuted down safely and was driven away by Georges Chateau, a friendly farmer. George reportedly drove Gerald to Raizeux. At some point between landing and the 5th Gerald was killed.

It's not known if he had internal injuries because no injuries were reported by the farmer, if he was shot in a Friendly Fire situation or if there was a fight with the Germans on the ground some time after leaving the site of the crash.

Gerald was buried until after the war in in Chartres having been found dead by in La Taye (more often spelt La Taie) but there are no records of fighting in that area over the period so it is very unlikely he died there. It is likely his body was brought to La Taye from close by because of the danger of being found with a body was ever present so a short journey would have been wise. He was later moved to SAINT-DESIR WAR CEMETERY.

If you had any information on the events or knew of anyone who does or has stories.

Bernard Leroy has been fantastic in providing a huge amount of information on the flight and my Grandfather.

Many thanks, Gerald
on 12/06/2018 at 12:38

My great grandfather John McLinden is buried here D1.7. He was from a small village in Scotland called West Calder. He was killed in the 1st WW at the very start 1914. He had two children John and Mary-Ellen. My father (his grandson John McLinden) and mother visited him a few years back. We also visited in 2015. My husband will be visiting in a few weeks time again. Good to see the cemetery well cared for. We hope to be able to visit in years to come and also for further generations to come back and pay their respects.
on 08/06/2018 at 21:44

I knew almost nothing about the Britter side of my family until I started my research; I have nothing but respect and admiration for my Great-Uncle, Bombr John Joseph Britter (MM) for making the ultimate sacrifice and for being such a role model soldier.

I have no idea if any members of my family since have visited him, but I myself am determined to travel to Dantzig Alley as soon as I am able to.
on 29/05/2018 at 14:14

We are so proud of our Grand father Private Alexander Carswell 40032 "A" Company 6th/7th Bn Royal Scots Fusiliers from Ayr, Scotland, who paid the ultimate sacrifice on the 22nd September 1917. At peace in the New Military Cemetery, Vlamertinghe. Belgium.

From the Carswell Family.
on 12/05/2018 at 18:22

Thank you for this wonderful page.

I'm looking for photographs or further information on my 1st cousin 4 x removed HARRY YATES aged 26 service number 154535 255th Siege bty Royal Garrison Artillery.

Please email me: andymeakin( at sign)hotmail.com

on 08/05/2018 at 21:35

I was researching my great grandfather,Albert Harbottle, who served throught the First World War when I discovered his brother David Thomas Harbottle left England to live in Australia.He served as Thomas David Harbottle in the 2nd Battalion Australian Infantry.He was killed at Galipoli aged 27. RIP great uncle.
on 07/05/2018 at 22:04

Hi I came across your website and have found it very interesting. I’m
Visiting Aval Wood Military Cemetery this coming Friday as we have a great uncle buried there. His name was Pvt Myles Donnelly who fought in the Irish Gaurds and died in battle on 12th April 1918. I’m trying to find more information about the battle he may have died in as research for my mother and uncle who are visiting the cemetery with me. If you help
In any way I would really appreciate it. Thank you. Colm 00353876172641
on 07/05/2018 at 21:07

I am hoping I get the chance to visit my Gran Uncle grave Michael Corcoran 2nd Battalion in zwevegem communal cemetary. Would like a close up photo of his gravestone if possible. I grew hearing my dad talk about him, glad we were able to locate his grave and know he was never forgotten.
on 07/05/2018 at 00:04

While researching John Yates 240175 1st Batt. North Staffordshire Regt. I came across the message (3/9/12) from Ms Susan Brown (UK) relating to this soldier. In my collection I have a beautiful piece of Memorial workl created in honour of this person and I would be extremely pleased to be in contact with Ms Brown to be able to provide photo's etc. If you could pass on my email address I would be very happy. Neil Falconer, Australia
on 05/05/2018 at 09:51

Remembering the New Zealand men that are buried at the London Rifle Brigade Cemetery. And especially my great uncle Leonard Herbert Sowry
on 26/04/2018 at 07:17

My Great Uncle John Harold Johns is buried here: (Plot IV, Row D, Grave No. 7).
on 25/04/2018 at 05:54

My great uncle is Samuel George Frederick Oakley
From the 58th Battalion from Warrnambool Victoria
Service number 1947
I'm trying to find any pictures of his resting spot
Or any other information about him.
Thank you so much in advance
on 16/04/2018 at 00:48

Thank you for your web page. My great Uncle, Dick Enmore Scott is buried in Rue Du Bois Cemetery. I was sent a photograph of my uncle's grave by an unknown person who saw my story on the web, but is has been lost. Would I able to get one for this coming ANZAC Day herer in Australia. I would like to put it on the memorial where is name is engraved. I think the grave site is in I.B.11. Hoping you can help and thank you.
on 15/04/2018 at 02:35

Thank you for this info. Patrick F Dooley is my dad.
We did go YV and see this grave in 1997 .such a peaceful resting place
on 09/04/2018 at 20:07

Hi Pierre Vandervelden, I have a facebook page called 7th Bt Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. It traces the soldiers and their movements from Ireland through France and Belgium. Can I use some of your images? Cheers, Chris
on 01/04/2018 at 22:40

In Memory of my uncle Ted who i never knew. O.S Ernest Edward Staples buried in Dinard cemetary lost HMS Charybdis October 23rd 1943. Always remembered with pride
on 31/03/2018 at 13:23

In memory of my Great Grandfather Benjamin Dodds of the 15th Battalion Durham Light Infantry who gave the ultimate sacrifice on Thursday 30th December 1915 and is buried in Houplines cemetery France alongside a number of "Faithful Durhams" - we will remember them.
on 24/03/2018 at 13:25

Hopefully my husband and myself will be coming to visit the grave of James Hammond. We will try and visit around the 8th November, will you be around. You do such a caring job, looking after grandad 's grave. It would be wonderful to meet. Thanking you xx
on 20/03/2018 at 03:12

Re: Looking for information/relatives/next of kin on Private Joseph Brennan 14492
Hi,My Grandfather was Joseph Brennan 14492 he was married to Anastasia(Ann)O'Neill in the Coombe dublin
R_DOWNES( at sign)sky.com
on 12/03/2018 at 14:54

Hello Pierre
I am leadiong a local project to commemorate the 6 men from our village who died in WW1 and are on our local war memorial. One of them is Francis E Stacey who emigrated to Canada in 1913 but came backto Europe as a volunteer with the Royal Canadian Dragoons. He died as a prisnoer of war and is buried at Hautmont - STACEY F
Canadian Private 114871Royal Canadian Dragoons01/06/1918 I. A. 1.
We were wondering whether any of your photos might show that left hand end of Plot 1, so we could perhaps pick up an image of his headstone on I.A.1?
Best regards

on 10/03/2018 at 18:17

Hello Pierre,
We were in contact a few years ago when I sent you several photos of Canadians who were killed in WWI and WWII.
I recently sent you an email at the last address I had, asking you to contact me with regard to making contact with a person who has posted a photo of a Canadian who is buried in the communal cemetery in Plougoumelen. The town will be erecting a memorial and have been able to contact all families with the exception of Gordon Fletcher HARRISON, Royal Canadian Air Force. I noted there is a photo of Gordon Fletch Harrison that was submitted by his great niece, Jennifer Clark. Would you please send a message to Jennifer and ask her to contact me about the dedication of the monument in Plougoumelen? The mayor of the town and the organizers are anxious to be in contact with Jennifer and any other of her family. Thank you.
on 10/03/2018 at 16:25

Hi, My greatgrandfather Frederick Roberts private 7718 Royal munster fusiliers from Liverpool UK killed 16/4/1916 and is buried in MESNIL RIDGE CEMETERY, MESNIL-MARTINSART. His name has lived on in our family he left a wife and 4 children my nan Mary was the eldest. We have no photos if there is a photo of his regiment out there can I please have a copy ( i know a long shot ) thanks for this website.
on 28/02/2018 at 18:24

Visiting William Elijah Eade of the 14th Battalion Hampshire Regiment and his distant cousin, Leonard Eade of the 7th Battalion Royal Fusiliers.

You deserve our respect.

on 07/02/2018 at 13:37

Hi, I visited the war graves at the NOEUX-les-MINES Cemetery (nr Bethune) of my GRANDFATHER in May last year. It was the 100th anniversary of his death, Alfred J. CHESSMAN d.30/05/1917. It was the first time any member of our family had visited the WW1 Graves. I found it very emotional, especially as my Dad was born 2 months after his father was killed, so never met this brave man.

Also, we visited the VERMELLES British Cemetery to find the grave of Benjamin POWELL d.22/04/1916 - Gt Uncle to my husband.

We travelled on to CONNAUGHT Cemetery nr Thiepval to visit the grave of my Gt.Uncle Edward COOPER d.02/02/2017 - his brother Arthur P. COOPER also died 11/11/2017, but was on the HMS M.15, which got torpedoed & sunk by the U-boat UC-38 off the coast of Palestine - his name is on the Navy Memorial at Portsmouth.

Also, Walter POWEL d.23/02/1915 (2 x remvd cousin of my husband who is buried in DERNANCOURT Communal Cemetery Ext.

Plus visiting the Memorials of ARRAS & THIEPVAL, finding names of family also on these memorials.

To see these family graves and the two Memorials for the brave soldiers that died and who have no known graves, was very moving and I would urge anyone to visit these sites if at all possible.
Joan M. Chessman
on 30/01/2018 at 10:57

Hi, I am John Cowies granddaughter. I have been over to visit my Grandfathers grave at the Lendelede Cemetery. I am coming back this year to visit again. I will be visiting on the 11 of the 11 2018. Do they still play the last post by his grave. Kind Regards sue Templeton.
on 22/01/2018 at 09:57

Thank you Pierre for adding our Picture of "Pte Herbert Callow Cretney 08/10/1918 aged 19", (Herbie).
for Barry Clarke
Thank you for your devotion, we hope our small donation helps in some way.
Kindest Regards Barry
on 21/01/2018 at 17:23

Hi, I am a relative of "CRETNEY HERBERT CALLOW
United Kingdom Private 45593 South Lancashire Regiment 08/10/1918 Age: 19 I. C. 28."
and will be visiting Anneux in Feb 2018, I have a Photo and other info on Herbie, how can I get this onto the website for others to view.
Kindest Regards Barry
on 14/01/2018 at 20:52

My Great Uncle is buried here. He was 18 when he died. I am visiting the cemetry this November 2018. It will be an emotional trip for me. Thank you for having this site, its made me sure I will find him there.
on 14/01/2018 at 17:38

I find it fascinating discovering my past but unfortunately many miles separate my past to the present. My Great Uncle Bobby, Robert Swann is buried in Sains-du-Nord Communal Cemetery in northern France and I am so fortunate to have found your photo of his grave site. I wondering though if another photo was available to better see his name and inscription on the headstone unobstructed with the floral display and if not, how would I go about getting that, suggestions would be kindly appreciated.

Thank You, Cheryl
on 12/01/2018 at 16:49

Charles Woollaston - Coldstream guards - was killed (1944) in his armoured car 1 week before his son (me) was born. Lets hope the politicians of the future can do a better job to prevent such slaughter.
on 07/01/2018 at 21:46

This summer we will visiting Dernancourt. We will be paying our respects to Private Victor Alexander Walsh of Royal Marines RN Division who sadly lost his life on the 24th March 1918. We are visiting because until very recently Victor was unknown to us. It is important to make the Journey as his parents Thomas and Jane were unable to do so. Jane's ancestors (CARLIER) were originally from a village near Somme.
We found you Victor
Debra Great Niece
on 14/12/2017 at 14:17

In memory of my great uncle Ernest Alfred Fifield who was killed in the first world war on the 2nd December 1917 just over 100 years ago at the very tender age of 22..He was in the 19th Bn. London Regiment and is buried in the Grevillers British cemeteryin France .Thankyou for your sacrifice so your ancestors can live in peace.Rest in peace dear Uncle.x
on 28/11/2017 at 20:49

My Grandfather, Sgt. John Cowie died on August 9, 1918 when a mortar landed and exploded in his trench with the concussion killing him and four others. He's buried and not forgotten in HILLSIDE Cemetery (Le Quesnel) (Somme France).
on 23/11/2017 at 06:18

Hello Pierre,

I am seeking a photo of the grave of my Great Uncle Private Joseph Henry Jefferson 67396 15th Btn, Cheshire Regiment K.I.A 19/07/1917. Buried at Abeele Aerodrome Cemetery. I have a photo of him that I would like to add to your excellent website.
on 16/11/2017 at 14:58


Graeme Clarke suggested you might have a photo on your superb website of the grave of

Private DANIEL JOHN AUSTIN 17570 “C” Coy. 14th Bn.Welsh Regiment 05/06/1916 age 29 buried inROYAL IRISH RIFLES GRAVEYARD, LAVENTIE 2H5

If so I would be very grateful for a high-res copy if possible for his grand-daughter who has just discovered him,

Thank you

on 12/11/2017 at 19:38

thanks to the Internet today I have at last seen a pic of my late dad's cousin P/o Sidney Francis who was shot down over France by a night fighter We never knew what he looked like and now see the strong resemblance to my late dad William (Bill) Francis! weve visited his grave in Houdan France several times and altho know little about Sidney will never forget him and how brave he was RIP
on 12/11/2017 at 15:09

Lawson - Thomas Arthur Pte22153 11th battalion Leicestershire Regiment
K.I.A. 29/12/16 reburied at Vermilles. He was my great grandfather, thinking of him today.
Thank you Pierre for maintaining the site
on 11/11/2017 at 21:37

Hi, please could someone ask CINDY from CANADA to contact me please??
My email address is anjicordwell( at sign)gmail.com
Many thanks 😊
on 11/11/2017 at 18:51

In loving memory of Lance Corporal T H Bradshaw (Harry), 9174
10th Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment died 10th June 1917
For my mother Annie nee Styler (his widow)
Tina E Kidger
on 11/11/2017 at 13:38

Dear CINDY, my Grandad Jim Tillcock was the Grandson of Walter Tillcock. I have been to Walter’s grave in Flers three times. I would be very interested in the items you have of Walter Tillcock’s. Sadly, my grandad passed away in March. I look forward to hearing from you. I would love to hear from Sue too! Thank you 😊
on 11/11/2017 at 11:58

I am 62 y.o. and i would say that each year i am very sad. I am from Comines near Ieper and i never forgot their sacrifice for my freedom
on 10/11/2017 at 09:03

Remembering H S Henry Stevenson Ewan 8th bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers No 41960 Died 21st August 1917. Ixelles (Elesene Communal Cemetery Belgium.Thinking of you as always with pride,and never forgetting you.Love your Grandson & Family.
on 08/11/2017 at 21:22

visited X cemetery on the 3/10/2017 did a small sevice in which I played last post and played Flanders Field by Alfie Boe and had the two minutes silance some visitors from Canada and they said they were moved and as long as the souls of the lads were so was I must always rember them God Bless the fallen
on 07/11/2017 at 21:05

just visited my great uncle in maubeuge centre cemetery H Sutcliffe very moving experience.without web sites like this a lot of information would be lost for future generations
on 07/11/2017 at 01:04

Great work Pierre, I was quite happy to see a picture of my ggfrather (William John Bellboddy) accompanying his name for Ste Olle Cemetery. Well done.

I am researching all the soldiers in this cemetery and can share my results with you once completed.
on 26/10/2017 at 18:16

Hi Pierre,
I am a New Zealander living in England and wish to visit Le Quesnoy with my brother next year in November to commemorate my grandfather's part during the last days of WW1 whilst in the New Zealand artillery. He was wounded badly and evacuated to Brighton England where my brother and I coincidentally settled in the area at various times. We also know Cambridge, New Zealand very well because we come from a nearby village, called Te Awamutu. We would like to be part of any commemoration that is planned next year. If it is possible could you send me details of any arrangements that are planned.
Phil Swarbrick
on 23/10/2017 at 22:53

Hi Pierre,

I am travelling to Amiens for Remembrance day in November but before that I want to come and visit my great Uncle Arthur Frederick Richard Nash's resting place. I understand that he was laid to rest in the Huldenberg Churchyard and I was wondering if you could give me an actual address for navigation purposes. I think you have an amazing site and was so happy to find it. Kind regards, Dale
on 10/10/2017 at 17:23

I have for several years had the memory of my Grandfather's name corrected on his headstone,CWGC and HMF roll of casualties as well as Southwark Cathedral in London
He died 7th August 1917 and is laid to rest in Oak Dump Cemetry South of Ypres.
I would appreciate you also amending your records to show surname GARRAD - THANKYOU
on 07/10/2017 at 17:55

Hi Pierre, I will be traveling with my wife Ferne to Ypres, Belgium Nov. 1-12, 2017 and have a Commemorative Service scheduled for NOV. 6, 2017 9:00am at Track "X" Cemetery A2. Memoriam; Pte. Omerod D. Ferguson 119th Service No:754291 A2. OMEY was born March 12, 1897 Sandfield, Ontario on a farm Manitoulin Island, Ontario Canada. Served with 124th Canadian Pioneers in Belgium in farm fields, died Nov. 6, 1917, he was 20 years old. Fitting he's buried in a farm field.
on 24/09/2017 at 15:31

Dear Pierre, I have a photo of Lance Corporal J. Rae from Aberdeenshire. According to the War Graves Commission Records, his service number was 306020 and he served with the 1st Bn., The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. He died on 4th November 1918 aged 33 and is buried at Mazinghien Communal Cemetery. I would be delighted if this photo could be added to his memorialisation on your website. My connection to him is that his son Bill Rae (d. 1984) married my great-aunt Ann MacKechnie and became an important member of the family. I remember him from my childhood. Bill was a keen photographer and kept a picture of his dad in uniform which I will send. Thank you in advance for your time. Maggie Scott
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