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on 17/05/2011 at 14:06

In memory of my late grandfather's cousin, Corporal Gilbert Pragnell, M.M., Hampshire Regiment and Royal Dublin Corps., buried at the Highland Cemetery, Le Cateau, 1918.
 
on 17/05/2011 at 10:48

Niece of Samuel Haslett
 
on 15/05/2011 at 12:09

With great respect to my great grandfather Private 63689 Samuel Taylor Who fort the First World War in the Canterbury Regiment of New Zealand Expeditionary Force in France and was killed in action 8.10.1918. Buried in grave l . B 46 Honnechy Nord. l
Lest we forget

Sandra Whitelaw
 
on 13/05/2011 at 21:37

In Memory of my Father Lance Corporal Clyde Reginald Cruickshanks Killed in Korea Nov 1950. Served and was a prisoner of war in ww2.
Taken prisoner at Dunkirk and suvived. Later to join the Royal Ulster Rifles Fought in Korea untill his death. Gone but Never Forgotten
 
on 07/05/2011 at 13:25

Remembering my mother's cousin Fl Lt John Desmond Wallis RAAF d.14th Jan 1945 over Ostend during a practice run flying out of Hawkinge crashed into Albert Harding Hurst flying out of Biggin Hill.
'Barney' volunteered to come to UK as only is father had emigrated to Australia and thought it would be an opportunity to visit his English relatives. My mother had arranged to meet him, but the accident occurred first. They did not meet. Today we went to Biggin Hill to see the memorial and feel closer to him. RIP.
 
on 07/05/2011 at 08:00

CRONIN ALFRED
Australian Lieutenant Australian Infantry A.I.F 24/02/1918 Age: 30 II. D. 37.
God's servant laid to rest far away from home...never forgotten...RIP
 
on 07/05/2011 at 02:49

I am researching my family tree and today I found that my cousin, Clifford Vallance, 2 x removed, died at the Somme, France on 26 Sept 1916 and is buried at Auchonvillers Military Cemetery. It has surprised me how upset I am about it. I can only hope that he and his comrades in arms, know how much we appreciate their sacrifice. God Bless
 
on 05/05/2011 at 17:55

Today, it is exactly 94 years to the day, on May 15, 1917 , that my grandfathers, brother John Snowden was killed in Belgium a the young age of 23 and buried at Pond Farm Cemetery. God blees you and all your brave colleagues who made the "supreme sacrifice" to keep Westrn Europe free from Der Kaiser!
God bless you great-uncle John. I am so proud of your courage, bravery and sacrifce. We will never forget you, NEVER!
Thank you Pierre for your wonderfull sites at Pond Farm, and other cemeteries where my great -uncle John and the other brave soldiers of WW1 can be forever remembered!
 
on 04/05/2011 at 22:28

Very nice work!, I am a Dutch National living near Halifax, Canada. My wife's uncle's grave is in Adegem BE. It touches me that after all this time so much effort goes into preserving their last resting place.
Lest we forget!
Thank you for doing what you do.
 
on 02/05/2011 at 07:22

Merci mille fois, Pierre, for your excellent efforts....they are appreciated.
I am the administrator of the 400 squadron RCAF blog (http://400sqn.blogspot.com/) and came across your site while looking for a picture of the Epinay Churchyard in Eure, France to include with the details of one of our past members buried there.
F/O ROBERT WILLIAM CLARKE - PILOT - J12318 - From Ottawa, ON.
Killed 2 June 1943 - age 20.
F/O Clarke was engaged in operations in a Mustang aircraft (#AM256) over the Cabouty - Tisieux area of France and crashed, due to enemy action, at Epinay.
F/O Clarke is buried in the Epinay Churchyard at Eure (Epinay), France
If you have a picture I would deeply appreciate same by return email.
Once again, many thanks for your outstanding efforts
 
on 02/05/2011 at 04:10

My great uncle private William Martin Whyte 454976 CEF ontario regiment passed july 30 1916

so young and brave, I am grateful for all the people that fought for our freedom.
My grandfather survived by his brother John George Whyte same regiment and rank.

wonderful site thank yo so much.
If you have any information on my great uncle please let me know.
Best regards
 
on 26/04/2011 at 22:38

A few years ago I visited the grave of my uncle Alan Leonard Pitfield at Beaurepaire Oise France. It was a moving experience.
Alan was awarded a posthumous DFC at his home town Hobart Tasmania.
He trained as a pilot at Point Cook, west of Melbourne Victoria, and flew in only 7 missions.
I have the original letters, written after the war, from the then-Mayor of Beaurepaire and my mother.
Bob Nichols
Hobart, Tasmania
polarbear17#bigpond.com (Replace # by ( at sign) )
 
on 25/04/2011 at 16:10

Thank you Pierre,
My son and I visited the graves of my uncle and four of the crew of his Lancaster Bomber a couple of years ago. He was an Australian Pilot officer John Charles Fardon Sevice No 410472 who was was shot down over the town of Longe in central France on 02/06/1944.
One of the Oldies in the local Pub remembered the plane coming down in the woods.
My mum said he used give me horsey rides on his foot. He was a lovely man. The graves are situated in the middle of the local Cemetery.
It was so peaceful and the local people were so helpful.
 
on 25/04/2011 at 10:57

I have inherited from my Grandmother a photo of her brother aged 23 yrs . Leslie Henry Belchamber who died 24 th August 1918 in France in the First World War . He was a mechanic in the New Zealand Army. Thinking of him on this ANZAC day 2011.
 
on 25/04/2011 at 04:10

James Thomas Dalley
I had been looking at photos of James's medals today and thinking what a shame we had not met - I only found out about him last year. So many people gave there lives for us to be here, ANZAC day gives us a reality check. James was my second cousin, his brother Clifford was also in the war but survived.
 
on 25/04/2011 at 01:00

IDSTEIN VALENTINE FREDERICK
Australian Private 2173 Australian Infantry A.I.F 29/05/1917 Age: 30 I. D. 7.
Valentine is my great uncle. There is a headstone in the old portion of the Murrarundi cemetery, NSW, Australia as a memorial to him.
Its nice to see he and his comrades resting in tranquil location.
Thankyou
 
on 25/04/2011 at 00:39

In Memory of my Gt. Uncle Frederick Alexander James Reid Australian Private 3213 Australian Infantry A.I.F. 18th August 1916. Rest in Peace.
On this Anzac Day and always, proud to know you fought for something you believed in, the freedom of your fellow man.

Thank you so much for providing this wonderful site, we hope to come to Puchevillers and leave some flowers on his grave next year.
 
on 25/04/2011 at 00:28

In loving memory of our Great Uncle Bill (Errol Sheridan St John) Macken who died on August 23 1916 defending the Somme. May he rest in peace. I look forward to visiting his grave soon.
 
on 24/04/2011 at 15:41

Anzac Day 25 April 2011.
In memory of John William Barker Elshaw 16th and 48th Battalion's.
Died from wounds 1 July 1917.. Ploegsteert Wood, Belgium.
I never new you but you are always thought about. R.I.P.
My fathers brother, my uncle.
 
on 24/04/2011 at 13:05

My humble apologies for last night's entry... it should read great uncle alfred (GANT).. Today is the anniversary of his death. He was killed in action on the somme. May you rest in peace. Forever in our hearts. Lest we forget xxx your great niece Lisa xx
 
on 24/04/2011 at 03:58

It is ANZAC day tomorrow and just to let you know i often think about you great Uncle William (Petersen )who was killed in France on 13th September 1916 and buried at Thistle Dump Cemetry.My eldest grandson is the same age now as you were when killed in action so far away from home,and the loss would have been great for my great grand parents.
 
on 24/04/2011 at 02:51

Wow what a great website, we are looking up our great uncle who was killed in Belgium in 1917 and we're really stoked to find his name on this site. Thanks
 
on 24/04/2011 at 02:33

Fantastic website!
 
on 24/04/2011 at 02:31

Remembering this day my uncle Percy Edward Terry

Lest we forget
 
on 24/04/2011 at 02:18

Apologies: Should read Monday 25th ~ ANZAC Day ~

Getting ahead of myself!
 
on 23/04/2011 at 17:58

Sunday 24th April 2011 ~ ANZAC Day ~ in New Zealand & Australia

In Memory of my great uncle: Private LEONARD HERBERT SOWRY 32242 3rd Bn Canterbury 12th (Nelson) Coy; at the age of 22 on the 11th August 1917 at Au Chasseur Cabt, fighting the 3rd battle for Ypres

Along with seven others from the 3rd they fell that day 'The life promised to you was denied, I will always remember and honor you'

Your family remembers...
 
on 23/04/2011 at 10:13

In loving memory of Edwin Egan who was killed in action on 20th of July 1916 may you RIP.
I am proud to have you Anzac Soldier on my family tree you will not be forgotten
 
on 23/04/2011 at 10:07

My Great Grandfather Major Kenneth Cameron MM may you rest in peace with your fellow brave men, Lest we forget.
 
on 23/04/2011 at 09:29

Hello to my great uncle Henry (GANT). I never knew you but am proud to be the great-niece of an ANZAC. You and your fellow soldiers made our country proud. RIP my dear great uncle. Love you forever, your great niece Lisa xxxx (p.s. give my love to grandpa and grandma gant and also to my grandmother Molly love you xx.)

To the founder of this page, thank you for mentioning my great uncle and as some have said, the grounds and graves look absolutely wonderful. I'm proud to be the great-niece of a WW1 soldier, and proud of our country. Lest we forget. xxx
 
on 21/04/2011 at 18:51

Hi

Do you have a picture of Reginald Tailby's grave in France, died 4 May 1944?

TAILBY REGINALD JOHN
United Kingdom Sergeant (W. Op. Air) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 625 Sqdn. Age: 23 Date of Death: 04/05/1944 Service No: 1332880


Many thanks

Regards

Neil

Neil Nineham

Mobile: 07776168007
E mail: neilw.nineham#btinternet.com (Replace # by ( at sign) )
 
on 21/04/2011 at 05:27

ANZAC Day on Easter Monday this year. Happens once every 150 years apparently.Lest We Forget.
 
on 18/04/2011 at 20:19

Thank you for being the first site I find that actually shows my Grandfather's name - Alfred Iles, London Rifle Brigade died Jan. 22 1917 and buried at Merville France. My mother was born Feb. 19 1917 and the war left my grandmother to raise 2 children alone during the war and ensuing world war II. I visited the site in the 1970's being the only family member to do so. Finding so much information now on the internet brings it all back and thank you for your tribute to our fallen soldiers.
 
on 18/04/2011 at 20:04

Thank you so much for this site. My great uncle Patrick Murphy is buried in Le Cateau, France and it means a lot to see these men have not been forgotten.
 
on 15/04/2011 at 15:47

my great uncle Arthur Morton Tonge rank private no 44432 of the 13th battalion durham light infantry was KIA france & flanders 8th oct 1918 age 31.
he is buried at beaurevoir british cemetry aisne france grave ref D5
anyone with any information as to what happened to him ,where the battle was,etc ,how he died, would be greatly appreciated
 
on 12/04/2011 at 14:07

In Memory of Sergeant DONALD SALMON

46193, 13th Bn., Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment)
who died age 27 on 05 November 1917.
Son of Henry and Matilda Salmon, of II, Barton Turf, Neateshead, Norwich, England.
One of seven brothers who served.
Remembered with honour.
YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL Panel 24 - 26 - 28 - 30.
 
on 12/04/2011 at 12:04

In memory of my Husband Great Uncle Charles Edward Bawden who was killed 29 September 1918 aged 19 IN France ...Thank you posting all their names ..Great to see the Gaves and grounds are well keep ..
 
on 11/04/2011 at 13:13

Would just like to say how well kept the cemetry is my great uncle my mother's brother is buried here.

Thank you.
 
on 11/04/2011 at 00:35

Hi there, really like this site. My grand uncle Thomas Munsey Maclean is buried at PONT D'ACHELLES cemetery in Nieppe I visited there some years ago. Tommy as the family called him left Scotland for Australia in 1909.
Two younger brothers joined him in 1911, Alexander was killed at Gallipoli in 1915, William was wounded there 4 months later but survived to live till 1982. Another brother Kemp was killed in 1918 with the Royal Scots.

Their sister was my grandmother.
Alan MacRae
 
on 09/04/2011 at 20:32

Hi Pierre , With much Thanks to your goodself & Kelvin Young ,our Loved ones are being remembered. My thoughts are always of SGT Ross Lewis Clark ,and his crewmates who never made it home . They lost their lifes in the early hours of the 28th April 1944 ,when their Lancaster crashed in Hamikon - Switzerland .They " Rest " in Vevey -Switzerland 166 SQN -Kirmington . " Tenacity "
 
on 08/04/2011 at 20:48

Can anyone help with a picture of LT. Walter Henry Charles Cave? Mu son and I are doing a project on the young man as he lived near our home and near my sons cadet unit. and we would like to put a face to this man.

Many thanks.
Debra Wyatt
 
on 08/04/2011 at 03:42

Hi uncle D'Arcy , I am your only sister Retas' daughter. I never got to know you but I have been working on a book about you so I feel I'm getting to know you. I am proud of your sacrifice and have all your letters home to gramma, mom and uncle ray.I keep you in my heart every day and thank you for my freedom. Love you Reta Marie (mom didn't want to hang millie on me)
 
on 05/04/2011 at 10:50

In memory of my Great Uncle Ernest Edwin Belsey who was killed aged 25 at Passendale on the 11th November 1917.

The painting you did at my grandfathers house in 1913, of the Ramsgate Lifeboat my grandad served on hangs proudly on my wall.

I never knew you but am very proud to be your great niece and i promise one day i will come and visit you.

You had your life so cruely taken away from you.
Rest in peace.

Sheila. (daughter of Len Read )
 
on 02/04/2011 at 22:18

I thought this poem expresses the heartfelt thanks and love to our ancestors no matter what their name...so I will post it here! I will be visiting Orchad Dump Cemetery August 23/24,2011

To Ben Deignon of Saltcoats,Scotland

Your tombstone stands among the rest
Neglected and alone
The name and date are chiseled out
On polished marble stone
It reaches out to all who care
It is to late to mourn
You did not know that I exist
You died and I was born
Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh, in blood and bone
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
Entirely not our own
Dear ancestor,
the place you filled
Many years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so
I wonder if you lived and loved
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot
And come to visit you
 
on 02/04/2011 at 21:42

IN REMEMBERENCE OF HARRY DUNNE NFLD 59TH REGIMENT LIVES ON IN OUR MINDS AND HEARTS
 
on 02/04/2011 at 19:13

Great Website!
 
on 29/03/2011 at 12:34

Pierre,

This is a copy of an email sent today to Melissa Walsh, Chief Visitor Activities European Operations - Veterans Affairs Canada. It was only through contact with your web site that prompted me to make a visit to the Vimy Memorial last weekend and I thank you for all the information I gained from your site, well done.

Dear Melissa,

Private Charles Spraggett 171537, 20th Bn., Canadian Infantry ( Central Ontario Regiment) Killed in Action 1st October 1916.

I visited the Memorial last weekend in a hope that I could find out more information with regards my grandfather. Fortunately, passed on to me was my Grandfather’s Dog Tag Disc which I was hoping, along with many other original documents to leave with your selves for display in order that they are not lost. A couple of original orders (in poem form) your staff on duty found very interesting. In fact the staff on duty last Saturday were indeed extremely helpful in all respects and although quite late in the day my son, his partner and myself had a tour around the trenches and tunnels for which we offer our most sincere appreciation.

After the tour, we returned to the information office and after discussing details of my grandfather, one of your staff ask whether we had details of his grave. Unfortunately were unaware that there was a specific grave allocated to him. With this in mind, your colleague checked out this information from a book that was at hand and low and behold informed us that he was interred at the follow Cemetery:

Row M 23 at the Bard Cottage Cemetery in Boesinghe, Ypres, Belgium. With this information now to hand, we travelled to the Bard Cottage Cemetery to locate this grave which nobody was aware of. Having located R 23, the only inscription that appeared on the headstone was:

‘ A SOLDIER OF THE GREAT WAR ‘

KNOWN UNTO GOD

In light of the aforementioned, upon my return to the UK, I made contact with the CWGC in Maidenhead Berkshire, the address I obtained from the Grave Plan held at the Cemetery. I related all this information to them and they we very interested in the information I related to them. If this was indeed the grave of my Grandfather, they required to have evidence as to what point was this grave identified to be that of Private Charles Spraggett. If all this turned out to be positive, the Commission would certainly have the headstone engraved accordingly.

I personally informed them that I would make contact with you direct, and pass on any formation that I may obtain from you although I am quite sure that they would most correspond with you direct if all turns out to be correct.

In concluding this email, is there any way possible that I could find out the place where he was actually killed since we also have evidence from my nephew in Canada, that he was one of the top six snipers in his Battalion.

The original orders I mentioned above are reproduce below:

Typed on Militia and Defence paper dated June 1916.

Battalion Orders By Colonel Doolley Doolley. Commanding Submarine light horse.

Revaille 3 p.m.

The battalion will parade with bare feet and helmets, and proceed to the river URE, where they will dive into the river. Officers will plunge with putters on. Anyone found wandering at the bottom looking for promotion will, immediately receive his discharge on coming to the surface. All submarines found must be handed in to the Quarter Masters Stores.

Route March 4 a.m.

There will be a route march as far as Russia headed by the brass band which will play the famous ditty. ‘ here we come suffering grief and pain’. In case of frost bite being prevalent in the ranks, each man will be provided with a box of sun stroke ointment and a pair of crutches.

This I am sure was given to each of the men in order to keep up their morale, fortunately, I have an original now nearly 100 years old, along with other original documents from the Department of Militia and Defence – Ottawa, plus the treasured ‘ Dog Tag’.

Any further information that you may be able to provide me with will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you all so much, the visit to the Memorial, Trenches, Tunnels and last but not least the Bard Cottage Cemetery made us all feel most humble for those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our Freedom who now all rest peacefully.

Yours sincerely

Eddie Spraggett
Hampshire
 
on 28/03/2011 at 13:18

I am a english lady, living across the road from the cemetry in thorembais st trond, there are 6 war heroes buried there. their names are G.lickley, RAFage 20,J.T.Farmer age 20. VB Quilan RCAF, age21 D E G DenerRAAF, age 29,A Yoxall. RAF, age 25, F S Ellis, RAF age unknown,they all died 7-8-1941when their Wellington came down, nearby. just to let you know I visit them now and again. to show my respect, This is such a great site,
 
on 26/03/2011 at 11:59

My Great Uncle, 5770425 Drummer T G R Parker, of the Norfolk Regiment, was killed at Le Paradis, France in 1940. My Great Aunt re-married some years later aand her new husband made her get rid of all photos/paperwork related to him which means we have no information or pictures of him. I know that he was born in March 1915 in Kingsbridge, Devon, but wondered if anyone has any information on him through their relatives at all? or could help in any way. I'd so love to find out if there is any surviving family. Kind Regards - Carole :)
 
on 25/03/2011 at 17:00

We have just found a postcard photo of Rifleman Harry Stenton 51496, King's Liverpool Regiment. Fell in action in France 25 March 1918. (aged 19)

He was my Grandad's friend and they were side by side in the trenches when Harry fell and my Grandad never really got over the trauma. He has written on the postcard 'One of the very Best'
 
on 22/03/2011 at 20:56

I was touched and surprised to see the post from Carol o Hare about James Bramhall. The date/place/ name seem to suggest we are related as he was my great grandfather on my mums side.
I have a photo of James and his wife and some documentation that I would be happy to share if you could think of a way of us getting in touch.
   
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