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  Annoeullin Communal Cemetery and German Extension

 

Nord

 

France

 

The three World War Two graves in the Communal plot

 

Location Information

Annoeullin is a village in the Department of the Nord, approximately 10 kilometres east of La Bassee and 4 kilometres north of Carvin on the D41.

The Communal Cemetery is in the south-east part of the village. The three Commonwealth war graves will be found on the extreme right of the Calvaire.

The German Extension is adjacent to the Communal Cemetery.

 

Historical Information

The German Extension on the South-East side of the Communal Cemetery was begun in October, 1915, and enlarged by the French after the Armistice, when 23 British graves were removed to Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez. It now contains 1,600 German graves.

There is now 1, 1914-1918 war grave in this site, that of Capt. Albert Ball, VC. There are also 3, 1939-1945 Commonwealth war casualties commemorated in this site.

 

Victoria Cross:

ALBERT BALL

Rank: Captain, Date of Death: 07/05/1917, Age: 20, Regiment/Service: Royal Flying Corps 56th Sqdn. formerly 7th (Robin Hood) Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment), Awards: V C, D S O and 2 Bars, M C, Grave Reference Grave 643., Legion d'Honneur (France); Order of St. George, 4th Class (Russia). Son of Sir Albert Ball, J.P., of Stansted House, Wollaton Park, Nottingham.

Citation: An extract from the "London Gazette" dated 8th June 1917, records the following:- "For most conspicuous and consistent bravery from the 25th of April to the 6th of May, 1917, during which period Capt. Ball took part in twenty-six combats in the air and destroyed eleven hostile aeroplanes, drove down two out of control, and forced several others to land. In these combats Capt. Ball, flying alone, on one occasion fought six hostile machines, twice he fought five and once four. When leading two other British aeroplanes he attacked an enemy formation of eight. On each of these occasions he brought down at least one enemy. Several times his aeroplane was badly damaged, once so seriously that but for the most delicate handling his machine would have collapsed, as nearly all the control wires had been shot away. On returning with a damaged machine he had always to be restrained from immediately going out on another. In all, Capt. Ball has destroyed forty-three German aeroplanes and one balloon, and has always displayed most exceptional courage, determination and skill."

 

The grave of Albert Ball VC in the German Extension

Other Burial Details:

Sergeant 7264522 Patrick Fitch, Royal Army Medical Corps, 149 Field Amb., died 04/09/1944 aged 29. Son of John and Mary Fitch; husband of Agnes P. Fitch, of Glasgow.

Private 4449296 Joseph Miller, 9th Bn., Durham Light Infantry, died 31/05/1940 or 01/06/1940 aged 31. Son of Edward and Ethel May Miller, of Gateshead, Co. Durham; husband of Blanche velyn Alderson Miller, of Gateshead.

Private 6021618 Leslie Charles Newell, 6th Bn., Durham Light Infantry, died 04/09/1944 aged 28.