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Chris Doran
Alfred Bysouth Request
Hi, You'll have received a message that I've fulfilled this request. I notice that there is a discrepancy in the year of death: Find A Grave and CWGC have 1941 but the headstone reads 1940, which agrees with the death registers and matches graves nearby. I leave you to sort this out.

Regards, Chris
Added by Chris Doran on Aug 22, 2016 8:31 PM
Robert Dessommes
Dessommes Grave
Thanks you for taking a picture of my families graves .


Robert Dessommes, Jr
Dallas, Texas
Added by Robert Dessommes on Aug 21, 2016 1:27 PM
RE: LT Basil Gold Watney
Hello again. I have taken the liberty of adding Samuel Victor Halliday. I will happily transfer it to you if you wish.
Added by HamishK on Aug 14, 2016 3:43 PM
RE: LT Basil Gold Watney
Hello, sorry to take so long to respond. I have not been to the website for a couple of months.

Unfortunately I am not based in Hungary; I took the opportunity to take the photograph of the Watney grave when I was visiting friends earlier this year. It is likely that I will be back in Budapest next year. If I can locate the grave I will take a picture.

The layouts of both these Cemeteries in Budapest are not particularly easy to follow. It took a while to find Lt Watney's grave and when I was wandering around the Kerepesi Cemetery, it also proved difficult to identify specific graves.

I did a little research today (forgive me, if you know all this already):

Samuel Victor Halliday was born in Belfast City in 1900. His father was Samuel Halliday, a "Clock Rent Agent" and his mother was Jane. The family were Congregationalists and lived in Ormeau, County Down. In 1901 they lived in London Street, but by 1911 they had moved to Toronto Street.

On enlistment Samuel Victor Halliday became M/24583 Private S V Halliday, of the Royal Army Service Corps and died in Budapest on 19 November 1921. I found a rather garbled account of his death. It appears that he confronted a patrol and was killed. It is not clear whether this was an Allied patrol, a Hungarian patrol or a joint unit. I suspect this may have been what we would now call a'friendly fire' incident, but this is pure speculation on my part. He was given a full military funeral. Hungarian and British soldiers carried his bier from the Hospital Mortuary to the Kerepesi Cemetery, accompanied by a military band. An Anglican Priest conducted the burial. It appears that many of the British contingent were there, probably led by Major-General Francis Bingham, Chief of the British Section and President of Sub-Commission for Armaments and Material for the Military Inter-Allied Commission of Control in Germany.

Halliday's grave (Plot 1/27, Row 2, Number 2) was near that of Lt Watney (Plot 1/27, Row 1, Number 21). However, around 1922, the Imperial War Graves Commission moved Watney's remains and stone to its current site in the other Cemetery. Halliday's grave was left, because it was "not a war grave".(The gravestone is a privately erected version of a Commonwealth Grave and appears to bear the inscription:

{RASC badge} / IN THE MEMORY OF M/24583 / PRIVATE SAMUEL HALLIDAY / ROYAL ARMY SERVICE CORPS. / DIED AT BUDAPEST / ON THE 19TH NOVEMBER 1921. / {Latin Cross} / Deeply regretted by his Surviving Mother, Sisters / and Brothers at 14 G..... / Street, Belfast, Ireland. / At rest with The Lord / Erected by his comrades of the British / .....ns Inter-Allied Military and / Aeronautical Commissions of Control / Hungary.

His effects were distributed via the RASC at Woolwich (63-10s-10d on 15 Dec 1921) 12-14s-2d each to his Mother Jane, Brothers, Sydney S, John W and Sisters, Mabel and Beatrice. A second distribution followed (24-11s-8d on 15 Dec 1921) of 3-18s-4d each to the same recipients.

Added by HamishK on Aug 14, 2016 12:56 PM
Ian Skillanders
St Dympnas Graveyard
Have additional photos of two photo requests recently completed. Kind Regards Ian
Added by Ian Skillanders on Aug 14, 2016 8:23 AM
Little Missenden Churchyard
Would you know if there are any Wrights interred there?

Added by rickinwpg on Jul 03, 2016 8:09 PM
Babs Williamson
ian - cranwell
Hi have cut and pasted as this has a duplicate entry , Regards Babs
Added by Babs Williamson on Jun 24, 2016 2:28 AM
RE: Covell in Heathfield
Many thanks - great job!
Added by Kenny on Jun 22, 2016 2:27 AM
Covell in Heathfield
Hi, I am doing a one-name-study of this family name. I am happy to find this information about their burials at Heathfield. I would like to use the photographs as part of my research and would like to publish them on my non-profit site at
I would respectfully ask you if you would like to transfer the 3 memorials to me so I can add them to the Covell Virtual Cemetery here on my account.

regards and many thanks for your good works
Dominic Kenny Covell
Added by Kenny on Jun 20, 2016 10:53 AM
Chris Gardner
RE: Goldswain Graves at Lane End
Thanks for getting back to me. Best wishes, Chris
Added by Chris Gardner on Jun 13, 2016 4:38 AM
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