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Wimereux Communal Cemetery

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Lieut. Col. John McCrea, Canadian Army Medical Corps

John Alexander McCrae, M.D. was the son of Col. David McCrae and Janet Simpson Eckford McCrae of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. John taught at the University of Vermont and at McGill University but during his time at McGill he started to write, including poetry. During 1914 John joined the military and was sent to Europe as a gunner, later transferring to the Medical Service. John McCrae is best know for his poem 'In Flanders Fields' which he penned during the second battle of Ypres while in the trenches. His poem appeared in Punch during 1915 and later the Remembrance act of wearing and 'giving' poppies to memorials as a a token that 'We will Remember Them'. The poppy also became a logo of the Royal British Legion. In January of 1918 John was appointed consultant to all the British Armies in France but died of pheumonia on January 28th 1918 before he could take up the posting. John Alexander McCrae was buried with full military honours. his horse 'Bonfire' leading the way with his masters' riding boots reversed in the stirrups          

John McCrae on Veterans Affairs of Canada

2nd. Lieut. M Sharp, M.C. 7th Bn London Regt. Matthew Sharp was the son of John C Sharp, a draper and clothier, born around 1843 in Rothesay and his spouce Christina W Ferguson born abt 1847 in Johnston, Renfrewshire. The couple with their family were living at 6 Battery Place, Rothesay, Bute. By 1891 Matthew and his father were living at Mount Pleasant Road, Rothesay. Matthew became a 2 Lieut. in the London Reginent and died of wounds on 11 February 1918 aged 36. His parents at the time of his death were given as John C and Janet Sharp of Rothesay, Bute. Matthew had been awarded the Military Cross.
Lieut. C F Taylor, (Q.O.R) Glasgow Yeomanry Cecil Frederick Taylor was the son of Frederick and Annie Taylor, being born in 1897 in the Govan area of Glasgow. Frederick snr was an iron caulker and lived with his family at100 George Street during the census of 1901. When the time for Cecil Frederick to go to war he joined the Household Cavalry and Cavalry of the line (incl. Yeomanry and Camel Corps), he served as a Lieutenant in the Queen's Own Royal Glasgow Yeomanry and died of wounds on 20 January 1918 aged 21. His parents at the time were living at Carmichael Place, Langside, Glasgow
2nd. Lieut. H F D Lay, Royal Flyng Corps Harold Frank Douglas Lay was the son of Frank Walter and Maude Mary who in 1901 were living in Elthorne Road, Upper Holloway, London. Harold had been born in 1899 and his brother Cyril in 1900. Harold joined the Royal Flying Corps and became a 2nd Lieut. He was killed on 7 March 1918 aged 19.
Lieut. R M N Bourner, Machine Gun Corps Rowland Moody Nicholson Bourner was born in 1890 in Stoke on Trent, the son of Arthur Charles and Charlotte Louisa Bourner. In the census of 1891 Rowley as he was recorded, had an elder brother, Arthur and a sister Eleanor. His father was a Chartered Accountant and they all lived at Hillenden (?) House, Lancaster Road, Stoke on Trent. Rowley and his siblings were the great grandchildren of Admiral Sir Nathaniel Dance, who was a noted hero in 1804. Rowland served in the Machine Gun Corps as a 2nd Lieut. He died of wounds on 28 March 1918 aged 27.
Capt. & Q.M.R. F S Ford, Essex Regt. Frank Stephen Ford was the son of William and Rebecca. Frank was born c 1854 in London. In the census of 1881 Frank was a soldier in Canaley Barracks, Chorlton. During his time in the military Frank served in the Essex Regiment as Captain (Qmr.). Frank died on 24 March 1918 aged 47. Capt. Ford was also Mentioned in Despatches.
2nd Lieut. Frank William Howden, Royal Dublin Fusiliers Frank William or Francis William Howden was the son of John and Elizabeth of Longford. He served in the Royal Dublin Fusiliers as a 2nd Lieut and died of wounds on 30 March 1918 aged 24
2nd Lieut. Nicholas Scorer, Yorkshire Regt., Nicholas was the son of William and Margaret of Monkseaton, Northunmberland and previously of Newcastle upon Tyne. William was an auctioneers clerk and in 1901 father to 4 children between the ages of 11 and 3. Nicholas joined the 1st Life Guards on his 18th birthday and transferred to the Household Battn. other sources give his regiment as the Yorkshire Regiment. Nicholas died of wounds on 29 March 1918 aged 20
Rev. James Kirk, M.C. Chaplain to the Forces James Kirk was the son of James and Janet of Kirkford. He served in the Royal Army Chaplains' Department during the First World War. He had at one time been attached to the 2nd Seaforth Highlanders. James died of wounds on 1 April 1918 aged 44 and had been awarded the Military Cross. He left a widow, Elizabeth of Woodhall Terrace, Juniper Green, Midlothian
2nd Lieut. R Buntine,Gordon Highlanders Robert Buntine was born in 1847, the son of Hugh and Euphemia, in Kirkoswald, Ayreshire. Hugh in 1901 was a Commercial Clerk in the colliery. Robert was 1 of 2 children in 1901 but the family did have a servant and a certified nurse living with them at Appleton Villa, Victoria St, Dunfermline. Robert joined the Gordon Highlanders and became a 2nd Lieut. He died of wounds on 31 Marcy 1918 aged 33
Lieut. E L Malone, M.C. N Z Rifle Brigade Edmond Leo Malone was the son of Lt. Col. and Mrs W G Malone of Stratford, Taranaki, New Zealand and husband of Mary who lived at Longworth Rd, Horwich, Lancashire. Edmond served as 11/699 and died on 6 April 1918. He had been awarded the Military Cross
Maj. E Jackson, D.S.O., M.C. Royal Engineers Ernest was the son of James and Grace who in 1901 were living at High Street, Armthorpe - James being a farmer. Ernest was aged 10 in 1901 and 1 of 3 brothers. Ernest joined the Royal Engineers and became a Major. He had been awarded the D.S.O and the Military Cross but on 15 April 1918 he died of wounds aged 27
Sub. Lieut. Cecil H Mallett, RNVR, Anson Battn., R.N.D. Cecil Horace Mallett was the son of Frank Cecil and Edith Mary of Yarmouth Road, Lowestoft and born in 1897 in Lowestoft. Frank was a ships brokers clerk living at 69 Norwich Road, Lowestoft with his wife, 2 children and brother and sister in law Gertrude and Horace Seabrook. .He served in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and died on 12 April 1918.
Commander B H Ellis, D.S.O., D.S.M., RNVR Bernard Henry Ellis was the son of Henry and Margaret and husband of Marjorie of Elm Park Gardens, West Brompton, London. He died on 21 April 1918 aged 33. He had been awarded the D.S.O., D.S.M.
Lieut. Colonel Henry Moore, D.S.O, Royal Army Medical Corps Henry Moore was the recipient of the D.S.O. and the M.C. and was visiting surgeon at the Royal City of Dublin Hospital and Westmorland Lock Hospital. He died aged 55 on 30 May 1918.
Nurse A H Lancaster, Territorial Nursing Sce Alice Hilda Lancaster was the daughter of Thomas and Mrs A H Lancaster who in 1918 were living at The Cliffe, Monk Bretton, Barnsley. Alice served in the Special Military Probationer Attachment and e died on 3 June 1918 aged 35.
Nursing Sister A E Whitely, Can. Army Nursing Service Anna's next of kin was stated as Harry Henning of Peterborough, Ontario. Harry, being her brother. Anna served in the 10th Canation Stat Hospital and died on 21 April 1918.
Margaret Ellen Evans, Member Voluntary Aid Detachment Margaret was a member of the British Red Cross Society and served in the VAD at the 83rd General Hospital. She was the daughter of Daniel John and Emma Evans of Stamford. In the census of 1901 Daniel was a widow looking after his family of 3 adult children and 4 house staff. Daniel was a solicitor and Bank Director. The family home was 32-33 High St St Martins, Stamford. Both Margaret and her elder sister Sophia aged 23 and 31 had no employment stated in the census but their brother Arthur was an undergraduate at Oxford. Margaret died on 22 July 1917 aged 39
Sister Jessie Olive Hockey, Q.A. Imp. Mil. Nursing Sce Jessie was the daughter of James Temlitte and Martha Ann Hockey of Cape Province, South Africa. She was recorded as being in the Reserve Unit. Jessie died on 14 August 1917 aged 32
Serjeant T R Brumfitt, Seaforth Highlanders

Thomas Rawl Brumfitt was the son of Joseph and Emma and was born at Birr, Ireland. He served as no. 9379 and died on 1 September 1916 aged 27

Nita Madeline King Member Voluntary Aid Detachment Nita was the daughter of George Hall King and his wife Lydia. George and his family and staff lived in and in properties in the grounds of Cosham Park House, Cosham. George and his son George were solicitors ( the family included 5 children ). An army of staff looked after the family including :- domestic nurse, parlour maid, house maid, cook who lived in with coachman and gardener living in seperate dwellings with their families. Nita was a member of The British Red Cross, VAD and died on 25 May 1918 aged 29
Major B Z De Ferranti, M.C. Royal Garrison Artillery Basil Ziani De Ferranti was the son of Sebastian and Gertrude Aiani De Ferranti who from around 1913 were living at The Hall, Baslow, Derbyshire but in 1901 were at 31 Lyndhurst Road, Hampstead. Sebastian, born in Liverpool was an Electrical Engineer. In the house at this time were 4 children, Juliania De Ferranti, mother, Wm H Donner a US citizen born in Finland and a cousin plus numerous servants who looked after the family including :- Governess, housemaid, parlourmaid and nurse. Basil died on 12 July 1917 aged 26
Lieut. S C Robertson, M.C. 10th Bn. Canadian Inf. Stanley Currie Robertson was the son of John C and Mary E Johnston Robertson of Calgary, Alberta. Stanley, however was born in Winnipeg. He was not only a recipient of the M.C. but was also Mentioned in Despatches but died on 4 May 1917 aged 26

Captain J F C Conn, Arg & Suth'd Highlanders

James Fullarton Caldwell Conn was the son of the Rev. Joseph Conn, B.D. and Christina Conn of The Manse Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire. In the 1901 census James was being looked after by Gertrude H Forbes, Governess aged 22 and born in Malta. There were 2 other staff in the house. James died of wounds on 1 May 1917 aged 25.

NOTE :- When I visited the grave of James I saw a photograph and description of a church window obviously left by a previous visitor of James'. The photograph was that of a window in Tillicoultry Parish Church in Clackmananshire and was the gift of Mrs Christina Conn in memory of her husband the Rev. Joseph Conn and their son J F C Conn, by whose memorial I was standing. The death of their son was a devestating blow to the family and the Rev. and Mrs Conn never really recoverred from the death of their only child. Joseph died just over 2 years after his sons death. The main theme of the window is that of the bond between a father and his son. One section shows the story of Jacob being given Joseph's coat by his brothers and he realises that was his sons. Another section shows a young David, leaving his father when going out into the world.

The inscription below the window "To the Glory of God and in loving memory of the Reverand Joseph Conn, B.D., minister of this parish from 1881-1819 and of his only child, James Fullarton Caldwell Conn, Captn., 7th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders who died of wounds in France 1st May 1917, this widow,m the gift of the widow and mother, is dedicated" Dedicated 28th September 1924

Sister Lucy Duncan, Q. A. Imp. Mil. Nursing Sce Isabella Lucy May Duncan was the daughter of John and Caroline who in 1917 were living in Manchester, Lucy served at the 13 Stat. Hospital and died on 1 March 1917
Lieut. E Hinsley, S. Staffordshire Regt. Eric was the son of Thomas and Lucy Hindsley of Walsall, Staffs. He served in the 1st Bat. and died on 11 April 1917 aged 23
Armorel Kitty Trevelyan, R.A.S.C. Canteens Amorel was the daughter of Captain Walter Raleigh Trevelyan and Mrs Trevelyan (now Sinclair of Furry Park, Raheny, Co. Dublin. She served in the Canteens as a Civilian and was killed on 27 February 1917 aged 19
2nd Lieut. Clive Wailes Taylor, M.C. Royal Fusiliers Clive was the son of W H Osborne Taylor and Annie A C Taylor of 105 Rusthall Avenue, Bedford Park, London. He served in the 17th Batt. and died on 25 February 1917 aged 25
Mildred Clayton-Swan, R.A.S.C. Canteens Mildred was a Civilian volunteer who took care of the material needs of the soldiers and casualties - the warm drink, a piece of food or even a kindly word all would have been received with thanks and a possible tear for the kind words. Mildred died on 24 February 1917
Lieut. Colonel J F Flashman, Aus. Army Medical Corps James Froude Flashman was the son of James Froude Flashman and his wife Elizabeth. James jnr. had been born in Braiwood, New South Wales. James jnr. married Irene and they lived at Eltham, Edfecliffe Rd. Woollara, New South Wales. He served in the 1st Australian Hospital and died on 12 February 1917 aged 46.
Barbara Esme St. John, Member Voluntary Aid Detachment Barbara Esmee St. John was the daughter of the Rev. Henry Beauchamp St. John and his wife Emily Anne of Ashby-de-la-Zouch and Ninefield Sussex. In the 1901 census Henry and Emily were living in the Vicarage of Holy Trinity Church, Wharf Road, Ashby-de-la-Zouch. Ten years previous in 1891 Barbara was with her parents, aswas her elder sister, Emily. Henry was still the vicar of the Holy Trinity Church. Barbara during the war was a member of the Voluntary Aid Detachment and worked for the British Red Cross Society and she lost her life on 12 October 1916 aged 31
Mrs Rubie Pickard, British Red Cross Rubie was the wife of Capt. Pickard of St Leonard, Pont de Briques, Pas de Calais and worked for the V.A.D. as a member of the British Red Cross Society supplying newspapers to the British Hospitals. She died on 13 April 1916 aged 67
Sister C M Wilson, Q.A. Imp. Mil. Nursing Sce Christina Murdoch Wilson was the daughter of Thomas and Agnes Park Wilson of Glasgow. She died on 1 March 1916 aged 42
Sister M E Wilson, Q.A. Imp. Mil. Nursing Sce Myrtle Elizabeth was the daughter of Andrew Stevens Wilson and his wife Catherine of Melbourne, Victoria. She left her native Queensland to persue a career in nursing during April of 1915. Myrtle died on 23 December 1915 only a few short months after leaving home.
Lieut. G N P Young, M.C. Leinster Regt George Neville Patrick Young was the son of George Lawrence Young, D.L. and his wife Annie of Culdaff House, Caldaff, Co. Donegal. He served in the 2nd Batt., and died on the 25 July 1915 aged 23
2nd Lieut. Dudley Henry Lionel Barnard, R.F.A., 130th Batt Dudley Henry Lionel Barnard was the son of Lionel Henry, a solicitor and Charlotte Edith (nee Beyfus) who married in 1892 and is the only casualty in the Commonwealth War Cemetery to have a private memorial. The inscription on the stone tells that he was of Wellington College, Berkshire and served in the 130th Batt. of the Royal Field Artilliery and died on 10th February 1915 aged 20. (The CWGC website states that he was 21 when he died). The memorial also states that he was the eldest son.
Sister Emily Helena Cole, Q.A. Imp. Mil. Nursing Sce Emily was the daughter of Mrs E H Cole of 46 Charminster Road, Bournmouth. Emily died on 21 February 1915 aged 32
Private A L Martin, Royal Army Medical Corps Arthur Lynd Martin was the son of William Lynd Martin, Commander (retd.,) R. N. and his wife Albinia Blanch Violett (nee Rolleston). Prior to enlisting in the RAMC Arthur served nine months in the Special Constabulary at Rotherhithe. He served as 59192, in the 91st Field Ambulance detatchment and died on 22 August 1917 aged 40



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