Anderson, William Herbert b. December 29, 1881 d. March 25, 1918 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in , he served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the 12th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry, British Army. On March 25, 1918, when the enemy attacked on the right of the battalion frontage and succeeded in penetrating the woods held by his men, Lieutenant Colonel made his way across the open in full view of the enemy. Reaching the men, he succeeded in gathering the remainder of the two right companies. He personally led the counter attack, drove the enemy...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Peronne Road Cemetery, Maricourt, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France Plot: II.G.36.
Baring, Lt Col. Guy Victor b. February 26, 1873 d. September 15, 1916 Casualty of the Great War and sitting Member of Parliament, the Hon. Guy Baring was a Lieutenant-Colonel in the 1st Battalion, The Coldstream Guards. He was the son of Alexander Hugh Baring, 4th Baron Ashburton and the Hon. Leonora Caroline Digby.He was twice Mentioned in Despatches and he held the office of Member of Parliament (M.P.) for Winchester from 1906 until he was killed in action in France.He is commemorated in Winchester Cathedral. (Bio by: geoffrey gillon) Citadel New Military Cemetery, Fricourt, Fricourt, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France Plot: II. A. 9.
Bell, Donald Simpson b. December 3, 1890 d. July 10, 1916 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in he served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 9th Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment, British Army. On July 5, 1916, during a heavy attack at La Boiselle, Somme, France, a German machine gun opened up on 2nd Lieutenant Bell's company. Lieutenant Bell immediately on his own, crept up a communication trench followed by two of his men. He then rushed across the open under heavy fire, attacked the machine gun, shooting with his revolver, destroying gun and the...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Gordon Dump Cemetery, Ovillers-la-Boisselle, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France Plot: IV.A.8.
Bell, Eric Norman Frankland b. August 28, 1895 d. July 1, 1916 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Ireland, he served as a Captain in the 9th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, British Army. At Thiepval, France, on July 1, 1916, Captain Bell was in command of an advancing mortar team during the infantry attack, when the front line was hung up by enfilading machine-gun fire. Captain Bell crept forward, shot the machine-gunner and on three other occasions, he crept forward alone and threw trench-mortar bombs...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Thiepval Memorial, Thiepval, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France Plot: Pier and Face 4 D and 5 B.
Blackwell, Robert Lester b. October 4, 1895 d. October 11, 1918 World War I Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. Born in Person County, North Carolina, he served in the United States Army during World War I as a Private in Company K, 119th Infantry, 30th Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery near St. Souplet, France, on October 11, 1918. His citation reads "When his platoon was almost surrounded by the enemy and his platoon commander asked for volunteers to carry a message calling for reinforcements, Pvt. Blackwell volunteered for this...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Somme American Cemetery and Memorial, Bony, Departement de l'Aisne, Picardie, France Plot: D-20-2
Brillant, Lieut. Jean b. March 15, 1890 d. August 10, 1918 Canadian officer and Victoria Cross recipient. A native of Assametquaghan, near Rimouski (Québec), he joined the 22nd Battalion (now the Royal 22nd Regiment known also as the “Vandoos”)and was sent to France to fight with his unit. The highest military decoration was awarded posthumely to him for his actions on 8th/9th August, 1918 east of Maharicourt, near Amiens. An extract from "The London Gazette" No. 30922, dated September 27, 1918, recorded the following : "For most conspicuous bravery...[Read More] (Bio by: Guy Gagnon) Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Villers-Bretonneux, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France Plot: Section VIA., plot B. 20
Buckingham, Pvt. William b. February, 1886 d. September 15, 1916 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Leicester, England, he served as a Private in the 1st Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment, British Army. During actions at Neuve-Chapelle, Franch, on March 10 to 15, 1915, Private Buckingham was wounded in the chest. Despite his injury, he rescued and rendered aid to other comrades wounded whilst exposed to heavy fire. For conspicuous acts of bravery and devotion to duty, he was awarded the Victoria Cross and was later killed in actions at Thiepval...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Thiepval Memorial, Thiepval, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France Plot: Thiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 2C and 3A (No Known Grave)
Buckley, Alexander Henry b. July 22, 1891 d. September 1, 1918 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in New South Wales, Australia, he served as a Corporal in the 54th Battalion, Australian Imperial Forces. On September 1, 1918, the 54th Battalion was ordered to take the ground between the River Somme and Péronne, France. Advancing toward the first trench line held by German machine guns, Corporal Buckley rushed the post, shooting four men and taking twenty-two prisoners. As the Germans retreated to the only remaining bridge into Péronne, Corporal...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension, Peronne, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France Plot: II.C.32.
Bushell, Christopher b. October 31, 1887 d. August 8, 1918 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Neston, Cheshire, hw served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the 7th Battalion, Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment, British Army. In actions at Tergnier, France, on March 23, 1918, Lieutenant Colonel Bushell personally led C Company of his battalion, with an Allied regiment in a counter-attack. In the course of this attack he was severely wounded in the head, but continued to carry on encouraging and re-organizing his men. He refused even to have his...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Querrieu British Cemetery, Querrieu, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France Plot: E.6.
Butterworth, George [cenotaph] b. July 12, 1885 d. August 5, 1916 Composer, Musicologist. He was a key figure of England's Folk Revival of the early 1900s, and his music was inspired by the sights and sounds of the English countryside. He is best known for his haunting vocal settings of A.E. Houseman's poetry, "Six Songs from 'A Shropshire Lad'" (1911) and "Bredon Hill and Other Songs" (1912), and for the exquisite orchestral miniature "Banks of Green Willow" (1913). Butterworth was born in London into a prosperous family, and raised in Yorkshire. He attended...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Thiepval Memorial, Thiepval, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France Plot: Panel Number: Pier and Face 14A and 15C