Castleton, Claude Charles b. April 12, 1893 d. July 29, 1916 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Seeking travel and adventure, he migrated to Australia, to tour the country. With the outbreak of World War I, he enlisted in the Army and served as a Sergeant in the 5th Machine Gun Company, 18th Battalion, Australian Machine Gun Corps. On July 29, 1916, during a night attack on enemy trenches at Pozières, France, the infantry was driven back and held down by intense enemy machine gun fire. Many wounded men were left lying in the open of no man's land. On...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Pozieres British Cemetery, Pozieres, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France Plot: IV.L.43.
Columbine, Herbert George b. November 28, 1893 d. March 22, 1918 World War I British Victoria Cross Recipient. The son of a British Army veteran who was killed in the Boer War, he served in the British Army during World War I as a Private in the 9th Squadron, Machine Gun Corps, British 5th Army. He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery on March 22, 1918 in the woods outside of Hervilly, France. His citation reads "Private Columbine took over command of a gun and kept firing it from 9am to 1pm in an isolated position with no wire in...[Read More] Pozieres Memorial, Pozieres, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France Plot: Panel 93 and 94 (No Known Grave)
De Wind, Edmund b. December 11, 1883 d. March 21, 1918 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Although born and educated in his native Ireland, he was residing in Canada when World War I broke out. He enlisted as a Private in the The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada regiment, and served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force from 1914 to 1917, seeing action in a number of engagements, including the 1916 First Battle of the Somme. In September 1917 he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the British Army, and was assigned to 15th Battalion, The Royal Irish...[Read More] Pozieres Memorial, Pozieres, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France Plot: Panel 74 to 76 (No known Grave)
Elstob, Wilfrith b. September 8, 1888 d. March 21, 1918 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. He received the award posthumously on June 9, 1919 for his actions as a lieutenant colonel commanding the 16th Battalion, The Manchester Regiment, of the British Army on March 21, 1918 at the Battle of Manchester Hill near Saint Quentin, France. Born in Chichester, Sussex, England, his father was an Episcopalian priest. He received his formal education at Christ's Hospital (or The Bluecoat School) in Horsham, West Sussex, England. Following the outbreak of...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Pozieres Memorial, Pozieres, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France Plot: Panel 64 to 67 (No known grave)