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on 20/10/2014 at 20:43

PrivateService No:7045793
Date of Death:10/09/1944 Age:24
Regiment/Service:Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment) 2nd Bn. The Glasgow Highlanders Grave Reference: 18. C. 8.
Cemetery:GENT CITY CEMETERY
Son of Thomas and Mary Ellen Evans, of Milton, Stoke-on-Trent.
I have been looking for Albert for a while now, ever since my Nan passed away 9 yrs ago. dont know much about him really other than he died in Belgium somewhere protecting a school full of children ( as the story goes ) my nan told me. Would love to find out more and at some point visit his grave. R.I.P
 
on 20/10/2014 at 14:09

100yrs to the day the 20th October 1914 my hero Grandad Private James Gemmell 9050 2nd Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers lost his life at Le Touquet.He was buried in the Field Cemetery at Le Touquet Railway Crossing now known as the (Railway Crossing Cemetery ) After the War his remain's were never found due to his grave being lost by shelling in the area and he is Remembered with Honour on the Ploegsteert War Memorial for the missing. His name is not mentioned anywhere at the Railway Crossing Cemetery and i hope that a Memorial Plaque of some kind will be placed at the Cemetery by the CWGC. ( Let Those Who Come After See To It That His Name Be Not Forgotten.) From his Grandson Raymond Gemmell
 
on 17/10/2014 at 13:42

My late husband was the nephew of Carey Rowbottom. It is possible I may have a photograph - but not certain - they are in the Attic

One of his schoolfriends may be still alive - I will try and find out
 
on 14/10/2014 at 17:08

World War II - Killed in Action

James Kitchener JOHNSON

Pilot Officer (Navigator)
Service # J/88546//R127811
Royal Canadian Air Force
#619 Squadron
Royal Air Force

On July 18th 1944, allied forces, of the Royal Air Force, 619th Battalion departed Dunholme Lodge airfield near Lincoln, England on a bombing mission to Revigny, France. The crew on Lancaster bomber # PB-245 consisted of 4 officers of the Royal Air Force, 2 officers from the Royal New Zealand Air Force and the lone Royal Canadian Air Force officer, James Kitchener Johnson.

Pilot Officer/Navigator Jimmy Johnson, was 26 years old, and the youngest child of William and Annie Johnson of Kirkland Lake Ontario, when his Royal Air Force bomber was shot down by a German BF 110 G-4 “Night Fighter”. Jimmy was on his 25th bombing mission.

As the plane tumbled to the earth in the countryside near the pastoral setting of Ussy-sur-Marne, France the tail section of the plane, broke off and fell into a farmer’s field. The body of the plane continued on and crashed in the foothills just outside the village that straddles the Marne River some 70 kilometers from Paris. The plane exploded on impact and burst into flames incinerating the six members of the crew including Jimmy Johnson. The tail-gunner section of the plane was later found some 500 meters from the crash site, with the tail gunner still strapped to his flight seat.

The following day, under the watchful eyes of the occupying Nazi forces, the villagers held a funeral service and buried the gunner in the village commune ironically at the bottom of the hill where the plane crashed.

Eventually the community erected a tombstone that reads "Aux Sept Aviateurs Anglais - enterrés ici ou dans les environs" (To the Seven English Aviators-buried here or in the surrounding countryside).

Two Ussy-sur-Marne villagers, brothers Jean and René Guyon, were in their early twenties in 1944 and witnessed the Lancaster aircraft, as it fell from the sky. They managed to salvage the wheel from the tail-gunner's section of the plane and kept it in their family barn, 10 kilometers outside the village, where it stayed for over 60 years.

When Johnson family relatives visited the grave site in 2002, Ussy-sur-Marne townspeople, directed them to the farm of René Guyon where Rene now being in his eighties, donated the “wheel” to the family and it is retained in the Johnson.

Air Canada was approached and asked to ship the wheel to Canada, and they said that they would but at a very hefty price. Air France was approached and their spokesperson said, “Of Course, No Charge, its part of the debt that France owes Canada.”

Royal Air Force
Warrant Officer John TATE
Air Gunner
United Kingdom
Service # 1378784

Royal Air Force
Sergeant Terence FROGLEY
Air Gunner
Lymington, Hampshire, England
Service # 1609273

Royal Air Force
Rupert T. HARWOOD
Pilot Officer Wing Operator
Slough, Bucks, England
Service # 178759

Royal Air Force
Samuel W. LING
Sergeant Flight Engineer
United Kingdom
Service # 1427911

Royal New Zealand Air Force
Norman W. DONNELLEY
Flying Officer (Pilot)
Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand
Service # 422269

Royal New Zealand Air Force
Donald I. GRANT
Air Bomber
Oamaru, Auckland, New Zealand
Service # 422269
 
on 09/10/2014 at 20:15

Steven Whitlow, have you had any luck?
 
on 08/10/2014 at 12:39

Thank you very much for creating this page. I am great nephew of Frank Alan Wells. I supplied the photo of Frank to the Proville Marie or J C Defer and attended Proville in 2003. My dad's cousin has just visited Cambrai this year, but did not realise the whereabouts of the bombers monument in the woods at Proville.
 
on 05/10/2014 at 09:06

I went to Soupir on October 3, exactly 100 years since my Dad's uncle, Lance Corporal WALKER F T from the South Staffordshire Regiment 2nd Bn was laid to rest. It was a very moving day...but why does war have to happen again and again? What a waste!
 
on 01/10/2014 at 07:25

Hi I'm looking to find out where my grandad is buried his name was pft john Hulme I think he is buried in gezaincourt exstention he died aged 33 on the 30th July 1916 I would be very grateful if any one could give me any details
 
on 29/09/2014 at 12:45

In memory of Sgt Cyril Hansford who was Flight Engineer on a Lancaster aircraft shot down whilst on a bombing raid of the V1 Doodlebug installations at Prouville on 24 June 1944. The courage and bravery of these men should never be forgotten
 
on 26/09/2014 at 10:00

In memory of my Great, Great Grandad, Walter Parr from Arnold, Nottingham who served in the 9th btn Sherwood Foresters and died in France on the 10th March 1918. Thank you to Chris (below) for suggesting the roll of honour nomination at the Tower of London.
 
on 25/09/2014 at 14:02

After quite a long search I found the resting place of my Gt Uncle George Fairclough .
Now I have found where he is , I hope to be able to visit the grave , to remember him .
 
on 24/09/2014 at 23:17

In Memory of my uncle: WC William Macfarlane Russell and all his crew of flight LL280 - who were shot down in St Denis d'Orques, May 8th, 1944. A memorial is being held at their graves next year on May 8th.
 
on 24/09/2014 at 17:36

In memory of Pte.Arthur Woollaston MM of Birmingham. Died 1940 and buried in Moregem graveyard, Belgium.
Remembered fondly by his nephew Ron.
 
on 20/09/2014 at 19:58

In memory of Gunner R Hicks, my great grandad from Bolton, who died on 15th Seeptember 1917 and is buried in Talana Farm Cemetery in Belgium. RIP
 
on 14/09/2014 at 21:33

George STUNELL
AGED 21 from Thornton Heath Surrey now rests at Le Kreule Hazebrouck France.
Lance corporal 10862 East surrey regiment.
George was my grandfathers brother . We remember his bravery and always give thanks for the freedom we enjoy due to his and so many others sacrifice. We thank the people of Le Kreule for the upkeep.
we will remember them. Iris Stunell (Aspland)
 
on 14/09/2014 at 18:58

I am so grateful to Chris for his note on Tower of London Roll of Honour for those who were killed in action. Lance Corporal William Bamber 26289 will be one of the 180 who will have their name read out on 26 September 2014. He was in the Kings Own (Liverpool) 11th Batallion. I believe they were called Pathfinders. He was KIA on 21 March 1918 just near San Quentin. With the shortage of recruits, I am told, the pathfinders were deployed to the front line trenches. My brother and me would love to see a photo of him.
 
on 10/09/2014 at 19:56

In memory of my Godmother's brother, a Cousin on my father's mother's side, Private John William Canning, 45586, who died on 6th July, 1918, having been wounded about a day earlier. He was in the 15th Bn, Hampshire Regiment (having been transferred from the Warwickshires). He is buried at Lijssenthoek and someone has recently put poppies on his grave. It is very moving to see his picture on the home page of the Lijssenthoek cemetery. My Godmother missed her brother greatly. R.I.P.
 
on 10/09/2014 at 18:56

My grandfather, Robert Colligan is buried at Le Quietiste Cemetery in Le Cateau. Can anyone tell me why an RAF air mechanic would have been buried here?K
 
on 10/09/2014 at 11:09

In Memory of my late brave Great Uncle 19889 Pte Benjamin Jewkes, he was in the 2nd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment attached to the 100th Trench Mortar Battery. He got killed on the 2nd November 1917. If anybody as A Photo of him and his Battalion please could you forward the to me cheers
 
on 09/09/2014 at 14:34

My sister Rachel and I are tracing our family tree and we have now managed to find our Great Uncle Arthur Shaw. We are hopefully coming over to Gommercourt to pay our respects on behalf of his family.
My Gran, Arthurs sister, used to talk of him and it would be so fitting to pay our respects for her.
 
on 07/09/2014 at 23:05

In memory of my Great uncle Kenneth Smith McMaster 52920. His only sister my late grandmother always wanted to find him and now we have. He died of wounds received in battle, 4 days before armistice. He is buried in a quiet corner that will be forever Cumberland. I have grown up with his photograph of him in uniform I still have that photo. He has never been forgotten. One day I hope to visit his grave at Caudry British Cemetary
 
on 03/09/2014 at 23:14

In memory of my Great Uncle Samuel John Hartley from Colne Lancashire who died aged 24 on 30th June 1918 while serving as a 2nd Corporal (207954) with the 248th Company Royal Engineers. Buried at Auchy-Les-Hesdin.
 
on 03/09/2014 at 15:56

In memory of my wife's great uncle, 2/Lt Arthur Haley, observer, RAF. Killed in action 1 June 1918 near Metz. Buried at Chambieres French National Cemetery, Metz, alongside his pilot, Lt Lennock de Graaf Godet.
 
on 02/09/2014 at 14:45

2 of my grandfather's brothers, Arthur William Adair McCarter and Ronald George Adair McCarter were killed in WW1 , Arthur is buried at Warlencourt British cemetery and Ronald at Beaurevoir communal cemetery. I will be visiting them both in june 2015. I expect this will be very emotional, although I never knew them.
 
on 01/09/2014 at 21:48

In memory of my Great Uncle private 13214 William Alfred Whitehead
 
on 01/09/2014 at 21:12

On 29/08/2014 I was privileged to visit the grave of my grandfather, LAURENCE EDWARD THOMPSON, Driver 780844 - The Royal Field Artillery, who was killed in action on 01/03/1917, age 23, and is buried in Engelbelmer Extension Cemetery, France.

The inscription on his grave:
'We shall meet him some bright morning in the upper garden there'.
 
on 01/09/2014 at 15:16

will be visiting with my family the grave of my great-grandfather
Henry MacIntyre Pte 8082 K.O.S.B in march next year
 
on 01/09/2014 at 14:47

About 51 years ago when I was 11 my gran told me once that her brother was missing presumed killed in action in ww1 , I sorry to say I am unable to remember his firdt name only his surname which was Risdale . My late gran Hilda was born in 1902 her late sister Florrie about 1900, so no doubt their brother was older than them to have served in the ww1, they were from Leeds west yorkshire England, when my gran was alive and I was a schoolgirl we would always have a 1 minute silence on the 11th hour of the 11th month in his memory ,just wish I could know more than his surname !
 
on 01/09/2014 at 14:31

This is an information posting. Anyone who has a family member who died in WW1 please go to the Tower of London website and nominate them to be included in the nightly Roll of Honour (180 names read out each night at the Tower). It will continue until 11th November 2014. I nominated my 2 great uncles (Johnny Lyons and Harry Whittington) and was successful with both (their names being included on 9th and 11th of August 2014 respectively).
 
on 31/08/2014 at 20:23

Visited this cemetery just two weeks ago to see the grave of my uncle, John Brick. He has been there for 96 years and to my knowledge, I am the first one of my family to visit. It was a very moving experience. It was lovely to see how well the cemetery is looked after and what a peaceful spot it is - not unlike home.
 
on 30/08/2014 at 19:15

Albert Edward Gorton was my great uncle.we found his grave about 10 years ago.I have a picture and front page report on his death from the local paper I will forward this to you.
 
on 30/08/2014 at 14:27

Just found Joseph Harrison following a long search. i will be visiting the cemetary very soon
 
on 26/08/2014 at 01:09

With the 100 year anniversary of WW1 just, I looked up if any 'Hopcutt' died in that war and found two, both brothers, from Wombourne, Staffordshire. As this was the brithplace of my parents (in 1909 & 1917) I was amazed that I was told/knew nothing about them, ergo my relationship to them...there are not that many 'hopcutt's around. I hope to learn more.
 
on 23/08/2014 at 07:13

Private Edward William Mason buried at St Symphorien, killed in action at the Battle of Mons 100 years today 23/8/14. Remembered with Honour.
 
on 22/08/2014 at 23:43

Garnet Augustus Wilton- one of our family-not forgotten.
 
on 22/08/2014 at 17:38

In Memory of my Great Uncle -
Private Robert Spaul of The Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment).
He was killed in action on 7th January 1917, buried in Bruay Communal Extension.
 
on 22/08/2014 at 12:57

On behalf of the Trotter Family and Mrs Mary Dunn (Widow) I would like to record a tribute to the Grandfather, 156089 Private J.H.TROTTER of 57th. Machine Gun corps. (Infantry) I did not know.Wounded in France and returned to UK for hospital treatment; after which he asked to rejoin his colleagues back in France. He continued the fight, losing his life on 4th. October 1918. He left a widow, Mary and 3 sons; John, H., Kenneth and Ronald. In this year 2014, when we commemorate the outbreak of WW1, it is fitting that I leave this to the memory of this brave man and those who also lost their lives fighting for the freedom we all have today. Rest peacefully brave soldiers. "WE WILL REMEMBER THEM"
 
on 21/08/2014 at 12:47

would like to contact any family or friends of Allan cameron sutherland who died in WW2 buried in haudricourt, Allans wife was Virginia B sutherland, Allan was canadian but lived in Illinois USA any info please contact at shaunleereadings( at sign)hotmail.co.uk
 
on 18/08/2014 at 18:00

I would like to leave a message for Wilson Collins who wrote on here about Lance Corporal Joseph Willey who died in France on 26th August 1914. This man was my great uncle, I am the daughter of George Willey, one of the nephews of your Grandmother. We would be very interested in talking to you about Joseph and your family history as I am studying my family tree at present. Any information you have would be appreciated.
 
on 17/08/2014 at 16:26

My father, Douglas Harrington, has been researching the death of his cousin whose aircraft was shot down over France and he is buried in Noyers-le-Val Cemetery - John Alan Richards. On your website is a photograph that my father would dearly like to have a print of - the gravesite of his cousin and his aircrew. Can that be arranged, please?

I have been trying to find Pierre Vanderveldun's email address without success to contact him directly about photos as stated in the NoyerleVal site - any help would be appreciated. Thanks. cvduo( at sign)shaw.ca
Claire
 
on 15/08/2014 at 16:32

I visited this cemetery last week and laid a wreath at my gt Uncles grave.He was Maj. George Bremner MC. DSO.It's a beautiful place to be laid to rest,so quiet and peaceful.I had wanted to visit his grave for about ten years now and I finally managed it with the help of my cousin.I felt so proud of him.
 
on 15/08/2014 at 12:52

Laid a cross this year at the grave of pte RC Roberts of 2nd Battalion Monmouthshire Regt.
He fell in May 1918 and was laid to rest at La Kruele near Hazebroucke by my Grandfather Thomas Francis James of the same regiment.

We will drop by again to pay our respect and remember my grandfather who stood on that very spot where the boy was laid down.
 
on 15/08/2014 at 05:16

My Uncle was Charles Richard High, and he was one of the 92 murdered at the Paradis Fram Massacre.. Nice site, thanks for doing this.
 
on 14/08/2014 at 05:15

My GrandFather killed on the 3-6-18 Pte William James Garnish 10th Batt buried in the Borre Mil Cemetery France never had a chance to meet him
 
on 13/08/2014 at 13:14

Thank you for your photos. Have now seen my great Uncles grave. He is one of the 13 in Gosnay cemetery. Hope to visit myself when I come over to visit my father in laws grave, who was killed in WW2 and is buried at Hotton-les-Bagues.
 
on 13/08/2014 at 00:19

McTEAR WILLIAM
United Kingdom Private Durham Light Infantry 10th Bn. Age: 29 Date of Death: 23/09/1917 Service No: 12866 C.7. CABIN HILL CEMETERY.

I have just returned from visiting, two great uncle's graves, one maternal and one paternal, they wouldn't have known each, but they were buried just 12 km and two years apart.
After seeing the beautiful, tiny Cabin Hill cemetery in the corner of a field surrounded by Corn on the Cobs blowing in the wind I think my Granny would have been very happy to know how serene her brother's final resting place is.
R.I P.
 
on 13/08/2014 at 00:00

BRENNAN PATRICK
United Kingdom Private 4/9514 Durham Light Infantry 04/09/1915 Age: 24 AI. 3.BRENNAN PATRICK
POTIJZE BURIAL GROUND Cemetery (Ieper)(West Vlaanderen Belgium)

Great Uncle Patrick, what a honour to visit your final resting place , once again the rain stopped and the sun shone as we arrived.
My Dad is delighted, I have pictures of his only paternal uncle's grave.
I never knew you or my Granda James, your brother, but you will never be forgotten.
Hopefully I will return with my Dad for your 100th anniversary in 2015.
R.I.P
 
on 11/08/2014 at 12:54

In loving memory of my great uncle Thomas Lapsley private 27737 Royal Scots who died in action on the 15th October 1918 Only 19 years old. His mother never knew of his resting place .Lest we forget. R.I.P.
 
on 10/08/2014 at 23:17

Remembering my grandfather Thomas Ashcroft of Cross St
Manchester.Killed in action on 3rd June 1917 in Newville Bourjonval northern france god bless we will always remember
 
on 09/08/2014 at 17:33

I have for many years been looking into my family members who served in the army one in the ww1,one in S africa 1902 ,4 uncles in ww11 .A great page
   
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