In Memory

 


We will remember them

 

 

48084 Pte Isaac Beecham's headstone 48084 Pte Isaac John Beecham from Mountain Ash, Glamorgan, Wales, was born in 1890, the eldest child of William and Melinda. Prior to the war, he worked as a coal miner and was a member of the St John Ambulance Brigade. He enlisted, along with the other members of the St John Ambulance Brigade on the 12th December 1914 at the St David's Centre, Cardiff and initially trained with the 130th (St John) Field Ambulance but possibly due to illness, he did not sail to France with the Unit in 1915. He subsequently served in Mesopotamia but was invalided home with malaria and dysentery. Once he left the convalescent home, he became an officer's servant at Blackpool but subsequently died on the 3rd November 1918, at the age of 28, at Adelaide Hospital in Blackpool. He is buried in the Mountain Ash (Aberffrwd) Cemetery, Glamorgan.
79109 Pte Herbert C Bills grave stone

79109 Pte Herbert Charles Bills of Gillingham, Kent was born in 1892, the eldest son of Marion Bills (nee Lee). He worked as a hospital attendant before he enlisted in November 1915. He initially served with the 144th Field Ambulance and on the hospital ship SS Aquitania before being posted to the 130th (St John) Field Ambulance in February 1917. He was wounded in the chest and right arm on the 2nd September 1917 and died the following day. His certificate of attestation on enlistment, a message to his mother (then remarried, Mrs M Huggins) regarding his death from wounds and his British War and Victory medal are held in the Wellcome Library, London.

He is buried in plot IV.F.15 in the Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium.

 69264 Pte Irvine Edmondson grave stone  69264 Pte Irving Edmondson
61343 Pte N Hain grave stone

 61343 Pte Norman Claude Hain was born in 1896 in Toronto, Canada, the 3rd son of Alexander and Mary. He was killed in action on 30th April 1918 while attached from the 130th (St John) Field Ambulance to A battery of the 122nd Brigade, RFA. 

His eldest brother, 453607 LCpl Alexander William Hain was also killed in action, while serving with the 2nd Central Onterior Regiment, Canadian Infantry, on the 8th October 1916.

Norman Claude Hain is buried in plot III.A.8 of the Bradhoek New Military Cemetery.

 56231 Pte William Houston grave stone  56231 Pte William Houston
 48583 Pte Thomas Jones grave stone

48583 Pte Thomas Jones was born in 1886 at Amlwch, Anglesey. At the age of 15, he worked as a grocer's assistant before moving to Glamorgan, south Wales to work in the mines. He married Elizabeth Jones in 1910 and had a son Eddie.

He was one of a party of men from the Unit who were He was wounded on the 7th May 1917 while traveling in a vehicle to complete a dugout at a loading station east of Boesinghe (Ypres sector). A shell struck the road on the near side of the vehicle when it was nearing Dawson's corner (Trench map 28 N.W.2 B22 C 8.7) wounding all the men except the driver who drove on out of danger. 

The other men wounded were 48071 SgtMjr W Stroud, 48124 Sgt T G Hopkins, 48103 LCpl D J Davies, 48176 LCpl G T Rees, and 48157 Pte A M Llewellyn.

48583Pte Thomas Jones died of his wounded the same day at 46CCS Proven. He was buried the next day and the OC of the Unit, Lt Col J E H Davies  attended his funeral. He is buried in plot II.C.14 in the Mendinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium.

 48563 Pte Ieuan Phillips garve stone

 48563 LCpl Ieuan Phillips M.M. died of his wounds on the 1st September 1918 at the age of 23. His father was a colliery foreman and he lived at the Post Office at Six Bells, Abertillery where his cousin was the post mistress. 

LCpl Ieuan Phillips was mortally wounded when the Unit's Advanced Dressing Station at Ginchy was heavily shelled on the 30th August 1918, 48559 LCpl T J Nicholas and 48130 Cpl H D Holmes were also injured. 

Lt Col Davies was informed of the award of the Military Medal to 48563 LCpl Ieuan Phillips, on the 10th September 1918, nine days after his death.

48563 LCpl Ieuan Phillips is buried in plot V.E.33 of the Bagneux British cemetery, Gezaaincourt.

   
 Captain Bernard Woodhouse gravestone  Captain Bernard Woodhouse was born in Disley, Cheshire, the second son of Lister and Mary Emily. He did his medical training at University College Hospital, London where he joined the OTC. I graduated in 1913 and joined the regular Army.