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CWGC: Étaples Military Cemetery

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Images above: Courtesy of WW1 Cemeteries

// Étaples Military Cemetery

Pas de Calais, France

10 816 Identified Casualties from both WW1 and WW2 (82)
In total, the cemetery contains 10,792 Commonwealth burials of which only 73 are unidentified. There are also 658 German burials in the cemetery. There are also now 5 Non World War service burials. It is the larges CWGC cemetery in France, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

During the First World War there was a concentration of Commonwealth reinforcement camps and hospitals in the area around Étaples. It was remote from attack, except from aircraft, and accessible by railway from both the northern or the southern battlefields. In 1917, 100,000 troops were camped among the sand dunes and the hospitals, which included eleven general, one stationary, four Red Cross hospitals and a convalescent depot, with the capacity to deal with 22,000 wounded or sick. In September 1919, ten months after the Armistice, three hospitals and the Q.M.A.A.C. convalescent depot remained. The cemetery contains 10,771 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, the earliest dating from May 1915. 35 of these burials are unidentified.

Hospitals were again stationed at Etaples during the Second World War and the cemetery was used for burials from January 1940 until the evacuation at the end of May 1940. After the war, a number of graves were brought into the cemetery from other French burial grounds. Of the 119 Second World War burials, 38 are unidentified.

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Notable burials or memorials

... include:

  • Private Jim Bonella, Australian Machine Gun Corps (former Aussie Rules footballer)
  • Brigadier Edgar William Cox, DSO, FRGS, General Staff.
  • Lieutenant Colonel William Robert Aufrere Dawson DSO***, Royal West Kent Regiment
  • Captain Noel Forbes Humphreys, Tank Corps
  • Major Douglas Reynolds, VC, Royal Field Artillery.

Victoria Cross Recipient:

  • Major Douglas Reynolds - VC, Royal Field Artillery 83rd Bde. Died 23/02/1916 aged 33. Husband of Mrs. Douglas Reynolds, of Clerkley Court, Leatherhead, Surrey..

Military Cross Recipients

  • Edward Christian 21 M C 19/10/16 Captain Royal Field Artillery "B" Bty. 235th Bde. I. A. 62. Son of Katie Christian of 20, Lonsdale Rd., Bedford Park, London, and the late Albert Christian.
  • Donald Gordon Clark 25 D S O, M C 13/04/18 Captain Gordon Highlanders 1st/6th Bn. XXVIII. H. 5. Son of John and Anna Munro Clark, of Bank House, Alford, Aberdeenshire. Born at The Bank House, Echt, Aberdeenshire.
  • Herbert Cameron Russell Clark 28 M C and Bar 20/11/18 Captain Canadian Infantry 7th Bn. XLV. A. 5. Son of Mr. and Mrs. James Murray Clark, of Vancouver, British Columbia, late of Belfast, Ireland.
  • Norman Goodman Coldwell 26 M C 16/05/18 Second Lieutenant Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) 2nd Bn. XXVIII. L. 10. Son of W. B. and S. H. Coldwell, of 37, Evelyn Rd., Crookes, Sheffield. Native of Sheffield.
  • William Crampton 28 M C 17/02/19 Lieutenant Royal Field Artillery "A" Bty. 94th Bde. XLV. C. 2. Son of James and Mary Ann Crampton, of 77, King Edward Rd., Thorne, Yorks.
  • Vincent Robert Alexander Crombie 21 M C 26/10/18 Lieutenant Canadian Infantry 19th Bn. XLVIII. A. 7. Son of Robert John Bradshaw Crombie and Susan Parker Crombie, of Toronto. Enlisted Oct., 1914. In France, Sept., 1915. Wounded the second time on the Somme Front Sept., 1916.
  • Charles Richard Davey 28 M C, M M 30/10/18 Captain Lincolnshire Regiment "B" Coy. 7th Bn. XLVIII. D. 1. Son of Thomas and Henrietta Davey, of 26, Pen Street, Boston, Lincs.
  • Harold Sylvester Edmonds 21 M C 20/04/17 Second Lieutenant Wiltshire Regiment 2nd Bn. XVII. A. 8. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Edmonds, of Simcoe, Ontario.
  • Robert Bruce Ellis 28 M C 21/11/16 Captain Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) 6th Bn. I. B. 72. Son of John Ellis, F.E.I.S., and Helen Laidlaw Ellis, Or Craigrossie, Bridge of Earn, Perthshire. Native of Bridge of Earn. Deceased was in civil life Factor to Colonel Sir Robert D. Moncreiffe, commanding the 6th Bn. Black Watch, at his estate of Moncreiffe.
  • Gerard Howard Fairtlough 28 M C 13/06/18 Captain Royal Engineers 423rd Field Coy. XXVIII. N. 7. Son of Colonel Howard Fairtlough, C.M.G., "The Queen's" (killed in action), and Maud, his wife.
  • George Lush Finlay 27 M C 09/02/19 Captain Australian Infantry, A.I.F. 5th Bn. XLV. B. 4. Son of William Seymour Finlay and Margaret Finlay. Born Melbourne, Australia.
  • Wilfred George Flack 28 M C and Bar 07/09/17 Captain Royal Fusiliers 1st Bn. XVII. C. 28. Son of George and Sarah Flack, of Garboldisham, Norfolk; husband of A. E. Flack, of 114, Diana Rd., Walthamstow, London. Wounded four times.
  • W E Foxen M C 13/11/18 Lieutenant Canadian Infantry 50th Bn. XLVIII. E. 7.
  • Ivon Hector German 33 M C 01/12/18 Captain Hampshire Regiment 1st Bn. XLV. A. 9. Son of Hector and Annetta Isabella Marianne German, of "Howe Gate," Bembridge, Isle of Wight.
  • Charles Percivale Gillies 24 M C 05/05/16 Captain Machine Gun Corps I. B. 28. Son of A. A. Gillies, J.P., and Katherine Oakley Gillies, of Mar Lodge, Alderley Edge, Cheshire.
  • Richard John Paterson Harle 21 M C 26/04/17 Captain King's Own Scottish Borderers XVII. C. 10. Son of George and Annie Harle, of Dunedin Villa, Coldstream, Berwickshire. Native of Coldstream.
  • A G Heale 24 M C 23/04/18 Lieutenant Royal Field Artillery 41st Bty. 42nd Bde. XXVIII. K. 11. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Heale 3 husband of E. M. Heale, of I, Carlisle St., Leicester. On active service from Aug., 1914, to April, 1918; was formerly a "regular" in Royal Horse Artillery. Born at Tiverton, Devon.
  • Robert James Henderson M C and Bar 13/05/18 Captain Australian Infantry, A.I.F. 13th Bn. XXVIII. K. 1. Son of James and Amy Violet Henderson, of 133, St. George's Crescent, Drummoyne, New South Wales.
  • John Herriott 26 M C 17/02/19 Lieutenant Machine Gun Corps 41st Coy. XLV. B. 12. Son of John and Mary Herriott, of 50, Milton Rd., Herne Hill, London. Native of London.
  • Thomas Higgins 26 M C 15/11/16 Lieutenant Royal Engineers 130th Field Coy. I. B. 68. Son of John and Amelia Higgins, of Chester.
  • William Humphrey 24 M C 24/10/18 Second Lieutenant Royal Dublin Fusiliers 4th Bn. attd. 3rd Bn. XLVIII. B. 6. Son of Walter and Ethel Humphrey, of 77, Huddersfield Rd., Elland, Yorks.
  • Noel Forbes Humphreys 27 M C, Mentioned in Despatches 27/03/18 Captain Tank Corps 10th Bn. XXVIII. E. 1. Son of Henry James and Sydney Humphreys, of Thornley Vicarage, Tow Law, Co. Durham. Born at Llangan Rectory, Bridgend, Glam.
  • William George Philip Hunt 26 M C 15/08/17 Captain Essex Regiment 10th Bn. XVII. B. 26. Son of Philip and Agnes Hunt, of Longwood, Bexley, Kent, formerly of Highgate, Scredington, Lincs. Native of Folkingham, Lincs. Graduated at Aberdeen University (King's College).
  • Alfred William Johnson 43 M C 17/04/18 Captain Royal Engineers 1st Field Survey Coy. XXVIII. J. 10. Son of Alfred and Lucy Johnson, of the F.F.M.A., Madagascar; husband of Mary S. K. Johnson, of 725, Newport Avenue, Oak Bay, Victoria, British Columbia. Late Dominion Government Land Surveyor, Kamloops, British Columbia.
  • W Kinloch M C 04/10/18 Lieutenant Canadian Infantry 7th Bn. XLVIII. A. 5.
  • James Eckersley Kinna 27 M C 12/09/17 Lieutenant Lancashire Fusiliers 16th Bn. XVII. B. 28. Son of M. J. Kinna, of Lyndhurst Gardens, Finchley, London, and the late James G. Kinna. Native of Manchester.
  • Kenneth Willoughy Lee M C 27/09/16 Captain Royal Field Artillery "A" Bty. 95th Bde. I. A. 51.
  • James LLoyd 30 M C, Mentioned in Despatches 21/04/18 Captain Gloucestershire Regiment 8th Bn. XXVIII. J. 3. Son of Francis and Emma Lloyd, of 38, All Saints Rd., Ipswich. Native of Ipswich.
  • W Loftus 39 M C 25/04/17 Captain Royal Scots 11th Bn. XVII. B. 9. Husband of Ellen Loftus, of 7, Spottiswoode Rd., Edinburgh. Native of Edinburgh.
  • Joseph William Lumb 34 M C 30/10/18 Second Lieutenant Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) 1st/4th Bn. XLVIII. C. 9. Son of Sam and Sarah Ellen Lumb, of Skipton; husband of Alice Lumb, of Skipton, Yorks.
  • Alexander Cameron Macintyre 33 M C 24/03/18 Major Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 8th Bn. XXVIII. E. 5. Croix de Guerre (Belgium). Son of Peter and Sarah Macintyre, of Ardchaltan; husband of K. M. Macintyre, of Inveresragan, Ardchaltan, Taynuilt, Argyllshire.
  • Kenneth Mackay 27 M C 07/11/18 Captain Gordon Highlanders 6th/7th Bn. XLVIII. E. 2. Son of Kenneth and Margaret Mackay (nee Ritchie).
  • Eugene Bernays Markus 19 M C 05/04/17 Second Lieutenant Royal Scots Fusiliers 1st Bn. XVII. A. 2. Son of Major J. A. E. and Maud Markus (nee Meynell), of Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Leonard Frank Maslin 24 M C 20/05/18 Lieutenant Machine Gun Corps 21st Bn. XXVIII. L. 3. Son of Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Maslin, of 6, Balcaskie Rd., Eltham.
  • A J Matthews 23 M C 13/06/17 Lieutenant Canadian Infantry 1st Bn. XVII. B. 22. Son of Mary Smith of Beechers Cottage, Worting, nr. Basingstoke, Hants.
  • Bernhard Cocure Montagnon 29 M C 14/11/17 Lieutenant Canadian Machine Gun Corps 16th Coy. XXVIII. C. 4. Son of Louis W. and Sarah Montagnon, of 127, Fellows Rd., Hampstead, London, England. Born at Cheltenham, England.
  • Harold Methven Musson 33 M C 26/09/17 Second Lieutenant Royal Field Artillery "D" Bty. 149th Bde. XXVIII. A. 9. Son of Christopher Joseph and Kate Musson (nee Methven); husband of Constance M. Musson, of 79, Belsize Park Gardens, Hampstead, London.
  • Archibald Mccall 20 M C 23/08/17 Second Lieutenant King's Own Scottish Borderers 7th/8th XVII. C. 27. Son of Malcolm and Susie McCall, of the British Linen Bank, Hawick, Roxburghshire. Born at Hawick.
  • Sydney Ernest Peirce M C 26/12/15 Second Lieutenant King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 1st/4th Bn. I. B. 17. Son of the Revd and Mrs T.E. Peirce of Maitland, Australia.
  • Austin Craig Pratt 35 M C 11/02/19 Lieutenant Canadian Engineers 2nd Bn. XLV. B. 5. Son of Mr. and Mrs. William Pratt, of Ottawa; husband of M. Pratt, of Pembroke, Ontario.
  • Amyas Septimus Quirke 27 M C 03/11/18 Second Lieutenant Machine Gun Corps 56th Bn. XLVIII. D. 6. Son of Ellen Maude Quirke (nee Grace), of 22, Compton Avenue, Brighton, and the late William Michael Quirke. Born at Hove, Sussex.
  • John Ransom 27 M C 04/09/19 Captain Royal Berkshire Regiment XLV. C. 19. Son of Francis and Priscilla Maud Ransom, of Newlands, Hitchin, Herts. Native of Hitchin.
  • James Ralph Sandry 44 M C 13/11/17 Captain Royal Garrison Artillery 329th Siege Bty. XXVIII. C. 5. Husband of Adelina B. Sandry, of "Alpha," St. Ives, Cornwall.
  • Reginald Oscar Schwarz M C 18/11/18 Major King's Royal Rifle Corps 6th Bn. XLV. A. 4. South African Cricketer - played in twenty test matches.
  • James Fenemore Smallwood 26 M C, Mentioned in Despatches 22/05/17 Lieutenant Middlesex Regiment 11th Bn. XVII. D. 20. Son of Edward and Mildred Smallwood, of 30, Lordship Park, London. Native of Highbury, London. His brother Eric Butler Smallwood also fell.
  • John Adams Smith 21 M C 28/04/17 Second Lieutenant Northumberland Fusiliers 28th Bn. attd. 20th (Tyneside Scottish) Bn. XVII. E. 11. Son of Mr. W. A. Smith, of Claremont Buildings, Shrewsbury.
  • Lewis Robert Stubbs 37 M C 29/03/18 Second Lieutenant Royal Garrison Artillery 123rd Siege Bty. XXVIII. F. 5. Son of Annie Stubbs, of 60, Flint Terrace, Southwick, Fareham, Hants, and the late Robert Stubbs.
  • Clarence Henry Taylor M C 12/10/17 Major Australian Infantry, A.I.F. 6th Bn. XXVIII. A. 1.
  • N A Taylor 22 M C 26/03/18 Captain London Regiment (First Surrey Rifles) 1st/21st Bn. XXVIII. E. 2. Son of Austin and Lucia Taylor, of 30, Eccleston Square, London. Native of Liverpool.
  • W W Taylor M C 09/04/18 Lieutenant Canadian Infantry 1st Bn. XXVIII. H. 10.
  • Sydney Vyvyan Trevenen 24 M C 10/06/18 Captain Royal Field Artillery 49th Bty. 40th Bde. XXVIII. N. 8. Son of S. W. and J. Trevenen, of "Welton," Christ Church Rd., Cheltenham.
  • Maxwell Turnbull 27 M C 18/10/18 Captain Border Regiment 3rd Bn. attd. 8th Bn. XLVIII. B. 5. Son of David and Isabella Beattie Turnbull, of Ellock, Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire.
  • Cunningham Burnside Tweedie 24 M C 17/04/17 Captain King's Own Scottish Borderers 6th Bn. XVII. A. 5. Son of Alexander and Susan Tweedie, of 43, Lady St., Annan. Native of Annan, Dumfriesshire. His brother Alexander Tweedie also fell.
  • Edward Victor Whiteway 29 M C 28/04/18 Captain East Surrey Regiment 12th Bn. XXVIII. K. 7. Son of Henry and Edith Whiteway, of Whimple, Devon.
  • Gavin Laurie Wilson 24 D S O, M C 16/02/19 Lieutenant Colonel Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 1st/8th Bn. XLV. B. 10. Awarded Chevalier Legion D'Honneur, Croix de Guerre with Palm (France). Son of John and Margaret Thomson Wilson, of Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire; husband of Mary A. Wilson, of 78, Copland Rd., Govan, Glasgow.
  • Edward Workman 29 M C 26/01/16 Lieutenant Royal Irish Rifles attd. 2nd Bn. I. B. 21. Only son of Frank and Sara Workman, of "The Moat," Strandtown, Co. Down. Native of Belfast. Educated at Charterhouse and B.A. of Trinity College, Cambridge.

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