Cather, Lieut. Geoffrey St. George Shillington b. October 11, 1890 d. July 2, 1916 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in London, England, he served as a Lieutenant in the 14th Battalion, 9th Royal Irish Rifles, British Army. On night of July 1, 1916, near Hamel, France, after heavy fighting Lieutenant Cather searched for wounded in full view of the enemy. He brought in three wounded men, continued his search, brought in another wounded man and gave water to others. The next morning, he took out water to another man and was proceeding further on, when he was himself...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Thiepval Memorial, Thiepval, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France Plot: Thiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 15A (No Known Grave)
Collings-Wells, LTC. John Stanhope b. July 19, 1880 d. March 27, 1918 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Manchester, England, he served as a Lieutenant Colonel in command of the 4th Bedfordshire Regiment, British Army. On March 27, 1918, during a withdrawal of his battalion at Albert France, Lieutenant Colonel Collings-Wells called for volunteers to remain behind and hold up the enemy while the main body of the battalion retreated. With his small body of volunteers he held off the advancing enemy for over one and a half hours. Later when his battalion...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Bouzincourt Ridge Cemetery, Bouzincourt, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France Plot: III.E.12.
Cooke, Thomas b. July 5, 1881 d. July 25, 1916 Victoria Cross recipient. Cooke was born and educated at Kaikoura, New Zealand. He later moved to Wellington where he married Maud Elizabeth Elliott on June 4, 1902. He was a carpenter who was an excellent cornet player and member of the Wellington Garrison Band. In 1912, he migrated to Melbourne, Australia with his wife and three children. He was living in Richmond. a Melbourne inner suburb, and working as a builder when he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on February 16, 1915. He was...[Read More] (Bio by: Anthony Staunton) Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France Plot: No known grave; name is listed on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial
Farrar, Ernest b. July 7, 1885 d. September 18, 1918 Composer. Like many British musicians of his generation he drew inspiration from folk sources, though in form and color his music has a closer affinity with the French school. His best works include "Vagabond Songs" (1910), the tone poem "The Forsaken Merman" (1914), and the lovely symphonic suite "English Pastoral Impressions" (1915). In 1915 Farrar was called up for World War I military service and spent three years as an officer on the Western Front. He was granted leave in the Summer of...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Ronssoy Communal Cemetery, Ronssoy, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France
Flowerdew, Gordon Muriel b. January 2, 1885 d. March 31, 1918 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Billingford, England, he served as a Captain in command of C Squadron, Lord Strathcona's Horse, Canadian Cavalry. At Bois de Mureuil, France, March 30, 1918, when Captain Flowerdew being the first to reach the objective, saw two lines of the enemy, each about sixty strong, with machine guns in the centre and flanks. Realizing the critical nature of the operation, he ordered a troop to dismount to provide cover support while he led the remaining...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Namps-au-Val British Cemetery, Namps-Maisnil, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France Plot: I.H.1.
Gaby, Alfred Edward b. January 25, 1892 d. August 8, 1918 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Gaby was born and educated at Scottsdale, Tasmania. He then worked on the family farm and during this period he served for three years with the 12th Infantry Battalion (Launceston Regiment) in the part time Citizen Military Forces. At the outbreak of the First World War, he was working as a labourer at Katanning, Western Australia. Gaby enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on January 16, 1916. He was allotted service number 4053 and after training at...[Read More] (Bio by: Anthony Staunton) Heath Cemetery, Harbonnieres, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France Plot: V.E.14.
Giedroyc, Jerzy b. July 27, 1906 d. September 14, 2000 Polish writer and political activist. Giedroyc was born into a Polish-Lithuanian gentry family; his studies in Moscow were interrupted by the October Revolution, when he returned home, and during the Polish–Soviet War of 1919–1921 his family left Minsk for Warsaw, where he graduated from the Jan Zamoyski gymnasium in 1924 and studied law and Ukrainian history and literature at the University of Warsaw. As a journalist and civil servant in interwar Poland, he maintained contacts with leading...[Read More] (Bio by: Kasia) Mesnil Communal Cemetery Extension, Mesnil-Martinsart, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France
Gill, Sgt. Albert b. September 8, 1879 d. July 27, 1916 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Birmingham, England, he served as a Sergeant the 1st Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps, British Army. On July 27, 1916, at Delville Wood, France, the Germans made a strong counterattack on the right flank of Sergeant Gill's battalion and killed all the company bombers. Sergeant Gill rallied the remnants of his platoon, none of whom were skilled bombers and reorganized his defenses. The enemy nearly surrounded his men and started shooting at about...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France Plot: IV.C.3.