In memory of the men of the 130th (St John) Field Ambulance who died while in the service of their country.

Gravestone of 48084 Pte Isaac John Beecham

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 Mesopotania but was invalided home with malaria and dysentery. Once he left the convalescent home, he became an officer’s servant in Blackpool but subsequently died on the 3rd November 1918 at the age of 28 at Adelaide Hospital in Blackpool. He is burried in the Mountain Ash (Aberffrwd) cemetery, Glamorgan.

Gravestone of 79109 Pte Herbert C Bills

79109 Pte Herbert C 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 Welcome Library, London. He is burried in plot IV.F.15 in the Dosinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium.

Gravestone of 69264 Pte Irvine Edmondson

69264 Pte Irvine Edmondson.

Gravestone of 61343 Pte Normal Claude Hain

61343 Pte Norman Claude Hain was born 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 Onterio Regiment, Canadian Infantry, on the 8th October 1916.

56231 Pte William Houston

56231 Pte William Houston.

Gravestone of 48583 Pte Thomas Jones

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 wounded on the 7th May 1917 while, as one of a party of men from the Unit who were traveling in a vehicle to complete a dugout at a casulty loading station east of Boesinghe (Ypres sector) when 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 C8.7) wounding all the men except the driver who drove on out of danger. The other men wounded were 48071 Sgt Maj W Stroud, 48124 Sgt T G Hopkins, 48103 LCpl D J Davies, 48176 LCpl G T Rees and 48157 Pte A M Llewellyn. 48583 Pte Thomas Jones died of his wounds the same day at 46 CCS Proven. He was burried 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 Cemetry, Belgium.

Gravestone of L/Cpl Ieuan Phillips M.M.

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 Bell, 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 injuered. 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. He is buried in plot V.E.33 of the Bagneux British Cemetery, Gezaaincourt.

48589 Pte Isaac Roberts

48589 Pte Isaac Roberts was a native of Mountain Ash, Glamorgan. Son of Benjamin and Deborah and husband of Rachael. He died on 1st June 1918 from wounds sustained during the bombing of the St John Hospital in Etaples. He was among a group of men from the 130th (St John) Field Ambulance who changed places with an equal number of men from the St John Hospital in the spring of 1918. He is burried in the Etaple Military Cemetery.

M2/052076 Dvr James E Tickner

Newspaper article regarding the death of 48204 Pte Joseph Walters

48204 Pte Joseph Walters

Gravestone of Pte Frank R Ward

48597 Pte Frank R Ward

48217 Pte Willaim West on the Thievpal Memorial

48217 Pte William West

Gravestone of Capt Bernard Woodhouse

Capt 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. He graduated in 1913 and joined the regular army.