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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

Pierre

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

Bob
 
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
Clive
 
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.
Regards
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
 
on 17/08/2017 at 06:25

Dear Pierre, you may be interested in adding our project's website onto your database. I have been running the Connecting Spirits project since its inception in 2005 and we research, commemorate and record the stories of South Australians linked to us by family or community, who went to war never to return home. Our website shares the accounts of our tours from 2006,2008, 2010, 2012 and 2015 plus we have recorded hundreds of soldiers' stories. If you are interested I can send you our website address for Connecting Spirits. Thank you...regards Julie Reece
 
on 11/08/2017 at 07:54

Thank you so much for posting the picture of the war graves in St Samson de LA Roche cemetery.I have not yet visited the grave of my uncle,but my mother did and was impressed how well kept the grave was.She was also made very welcome by the locals,especially by the family living in the chateau.Thank you to those people who tend the grave on the families behalf.
 
on 09/08/2017 at 14:20

I have 3 photos of my granddad 267986 Private John Thackray who is on Nieuwpoort memorial, he was killed on 28th July 1917.
If you are interested in these photos we are travelling to Belgium September this year, please let me know and we could make arrangements to meet, we will be staying at Ypres and Nieuwpoort
 
on 07/08/2017 at 23:04

G'day,
I am Grandson of John "Jack" Porrelli - 1594519. - I have photos of all of the crew of DS816, JI-O except Raymond Surtees - All confirmed.
I will; share with you.
E-mail me and I will forward them if you like.
Kind regards,
Great work on the site! - Please Visit my site on facebook - 514 Squadron RAF
 
on 06/08/2017 at 08:31

I am currently writing a web site and book on the massacre at Le Paradis and noticed that messages had been left on this site with regards to soldiers who were murdered there. I am trying to find out some biographical details of all those killed and would be delighted to hear from anyone with details and photographs of ancestors killed at Le Paradis.
 
on 02/08/2017 at 19:46

My Great Uncle, Josiah A. W. Wilkinson (Private, 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles, Saskatchewan Regiment) was wounded on April 9, 1917 and died from his wounds on December 4, 1917. He was 38. A former baseball and hockey player from Winnipeg, Manitoba.
 
on 31/07/2017 at 19:58

I am trying to find out more about my Gt Uncle Robert William Dixon who is buried in Eecke church cemetary along with another chap from the same regiment Jack Mason Ratledge. They both have the date as between 29th may 1940 to 2nd June 1940, why two dates? So far I have read that it is assumed Robert was killed when the lorry he was in was ambushed at Caestre, and there are a couple of others from his regiment buried in Caestre who have a death date of 29th May 1940, but Robert and Jack are buried further along at Eecke, does anybody know why and what happened to them? many thanks
 
on 18/07/2017 at 21:56

Our family is visiting the grave of Royal Engineer, Sapper Frank Corden who died on 24th July 1917 and is buried at Monchy Cemetery. We are looking forward to being at the grave on 24th July 2017 and it is significant that my son is 21 years old , just the age Frank was when he died. This is our second visit in the last 10 years and we are very much looking forward to visiting the pristine cemetery and the lovely area near Arras.
 
on 03/07/2017 at 17:36

My Great Great uncle William John Magee fought and died on 4 September 1914 and us buried in the Guards Grave just outside villers cotterets. He was an irish guard & 27 years old when he died in the dense forest next to the gravesite . If anyone has any photos or additional information I would love you to email me on zoeparks7( at sign)gmail.com

Zoe Magee - N Ireland
 
on 01/07/2017 at 23:14

Since researching my genealogy & 'finding' relatives that weren't known to me, and so many of them lost their lives during WW1, a big thank you for this very informative web site.
My 3rd cousin x 2, Pvte. 12/550, Auckland Regiment, N.Z.E.F. 15th Coy. 1BN. is laid to rest in the Caterpillar Valley (New Zealand) Memorial, Somme, France.

My 1st cousin x2, Pvte. 47871 Robert Thomas Fitzell lost his life on the 14th April, 1918, Somme, France.

Any further information would be very much appreciated. Thank you.
 
on 01/07/2017 at 17:59

Hi there, I adopted the grave of William Benzie Forbes Climie. I am trying to find some info about him and searching family members.
Great website Pierre
Best regards,

Stefan
 
on 22/06/2017 at 13:24

hi pierre, i have just visited your site as my family and i are visiting Beveren -Ijzer cemetary next year to visit the grave of my dads brother ,private Robert Hough who died at Dunkirk age 20 in 1940 and is 1 of the 8 servicemen buried there from WW2 HE IS BURIED IN GRAVE NUMBER 2
My nan visited his grave many years ago and i promised my dad ,who sadly passed away in 2010 that i would visit his brother,i look forward to visiting this beautiful country
 
on 07/06/2017 at 11:21

Thank you Pierre for your wonderful site. I am seeking information on Kevin Campbell Waight, Flt Sergeant, whose Lancaster was shot down over Lille on 10 May 1944. Kevin was an only child, and my mother's friend, in her youth. I would love to know if there are any photos of him, which could be posted on your site, for posterity.
 
on 06/06/2017 at 12:54

In memory of my great-uncle P Earthey who fell on 24th September 1918 and rests in Berthaucourt Cemetery. I'm doing some research for my family into the circumstances of his death. Some time ago I found a website with a brief account of the combat actions of the Royal Sussex Regiment on this day, but the site seems to have vanished. Does anyone know where it went? Ironically, the day itself was quiet by WWI standards, so the action is poorly documented. If anyone has a relative in Berthaucourt killed around this time, and is thinking of laying a wreath in late-Sept 2018, let me know, as I'm thinking of travelling out there.
 
on 03/06/2017 at 19:28

This is a memorial message for Private Horace Rowland Lead who was killed in action on this date 100 years ago somewhere on the Hindenburg Line in France. I am his great nephew. He was from Birmingham England and fought with the Durham Light Infantry. He is buried in Flanders area, the Railway Dugouts Cemetery. I remember your sacrifice!
Private Horace Rowland Lead, Regimental number 54154, Durham Light Infantry.
 
on 09/05/2017 at 02:10

I just started researching my 2nd cousin (3x removed), Joseph Arnold Hawkridge and came across your website. Joseph was killed in action on 6 Nov 1916 and is buried in Barlin, France (Communal Cemetery Extension). Thank you so much for caring enough to make it possible for us to remember our brave warriors together. I have a photo of him that I would like to post and have more info to update his profile. I have also requested a photo of his gravesite through Findagrave.com. Thanks again!
 
on 04/05/2017 at 14:15

Hi, My daughter and I have been researching our family line and discovered her Great Great Uncle John Mudie was killed in action at Ypres on 1st December 1917. We have now found that he is buried in Duhallow and plan to be the first family members to visit later this year. He was in the Royal Field Artillery as a driver and he was born the youngest son and child of a family of 9 from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, Scotland, where we still live. He was one of three brothers who fought in this war. Thank you for this lovely site and the pictures. I hope to download John's photograph as soon as I have done a bit more research, but thank you for this site. It's so nice to see that they have not been forgotten. Kind Regards. Lisa
 
on 17/04/2017 at 11:42

Thank you for posting the photos of my Great Uncle HAROLD CLIFFORD KERR 92956. I've had an interesting week this 100th Anniversary of Vimy Ridge. I found my Great Uncle's ID tag online on a forum and the man who found it is returning it to me. Simply amazing. Thank you for your work on this site. "They live on if we speak their names.....".
 
on 12/04/2017 at 22:31

Hi My Great Great Grandad is buried in SEBOURG Communal Cemetery,
CUTHBERTSON W
United Kingdom Rifleman Rifle Brigade Secondary London Regt (London Rifle Brigade) Secondary posted to 1st Bn. Date of Death: 05/11/1918 Service No: 45242 A. 18
I have been to see his grave once and plan on heading back in the next couple of years to take my son so I can show the next generation what our family fought for.
On the website there is a photo of the grave which is great, however it also states that it was taken by his son Alex Martin. I am hoping Alex or some of his family see this as I would like to make contact if possible as my family are unaware of anybody as a relationship.

Fingers Crossed somebody see's this and gets back in touch

Thanks in Advance
 
on 12/04/2017 at 01:12

Cindy. regards to your message. Walter Tillcock was my great grandfather. could you please contact me. thanks in advance.
 
on 11/04/2017 at 15:48

I've just discovered your site and read so much of it with great interest. I can only say thank you for undertaking such an important project. My grandfather is buried in Tincourt New Cemetery. He was Pte John Edward Sands SD/1615. Royal Sussex Regiment. He enlisted 1914 in what was called Lowthers Lambs in 12th Royal Sussex and eventually sent to France in early/mid 1916. He subsequently moved to the 8th and then the 7th Royal Sussex where died of his wounds at 55 Clearing Station on 26 Nov. 1917. two months after his 22nd birthday. I have a photo of him with his original company if you would like it. I would also, if possible like a photo of his headstone. Thank you again for a wonderful site.
 
on 10/04/2017 at 13:20

Thank you Pierre for taking the time to send me a photo of Joseph Costello's grave and adding his tribute .
 
on 09/04/2017 at 19:01

The previous message regarding Harold W Cochran's burial site should have read IV B 14, not NB 14. Sorry.
   
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