AUBIGNY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION
Harry Edward Martin
60th Squadron, Royal Flying Corps
16/11/1916, aged 22
Plot V. A. 21
Son of Alfred Amos Martin and Elizabeth Ann Martin, of Avro Cottage, Marlborough, Wilts. Native of Croydon, Surrey.
General Directions: Aubigny-en-Artois is a village approximately 15 kilometres north-west of Arras on the road to St. Pol (N39). From the N39 turn onto the D75 towards the village of Aubigny-en-Artois. The Cemetery lies south on a road leading from the centre of the village, and the Extension is behind it.
Before March, 1916, Aubigny was in the area of the French Tenth Army, and 327 French soldiers were buried in the Extension to the West of what is now Plot IV. From March 1916 to the Armistice, Aubigny was held by Commonwealth troops and burials were made in the Extension until September 1918. The 42nd Casualty Clearing Station buried in it during the whole period, the 30th in 1916 and 1917, the 24th and 1st Canadian in 1917 (during the capture of Vimy Ridge by the Canadian Corps) and the 57th in 1918.
The Extension now contains 2,771 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and seven from the Second World War. There are also 227 French burials made prior to March 1916, and 64 German war graves.
The Extension was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield
Casualty Details: UK 2050, Canada 665, Australia 4, New Zealand 2, South Africa 50, Germany 64, France 225, Total Burials: 3060
2nd Bn. Seaforth Highlanders
13/04/1917, aged 19.
Son of James and Marion Ewan, of "Craigrothie," Aberdour Rd., Burntisland, Fifeshire.
Plot II. C. 34.
Picture courtesy of nephew, Brian McArtney
10th Bn. York and Lancaster Regiment
29/04/1917, aged 27.
Thomas died leaving a wife, Sarah Ann nee Bywater and 2 children, my father Thomas b. 1911 and a daughter Sarah Ann, b. 1912, all living in Doncaster, Yorkshire.
The Additional information on the CWGC site is rather confusing and incorrect. Grandfather was actually born 19 Nov 1889 in Wigston, Leicestershire and his name registered as Edgar Dawtry HALL. He was the recognised but illegitimate son of Arthur DAWTRY and Elizabeth HALL. Sadly his mother died just days after his birth and he was given to his fathers sister Hannah to raise. Hannah was married to Thomas Bagshaw. Grandfather was known a Thomas Bagshaw until sometime shortly before his marriage when he reverted to his biological father's surname but kept his "new" forename. Hence the confusion over names which I'm sure originated with Sarah Ann not the CWGC.
Picture courtesy of grandson Roy Dawtry
Granado Walter Foreman
Royal Flying Corps
14/07/1917, aged 23.
Son of Walter and Emma Louisa Foreman, of 12, Vautier St., Elwood, Elsternwick, Melbourne, Australia.
Plot VI. H. 4.
1st Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Husband of Harriet Reeves.
Plot III. E. 20.
Picture courtesy of Syd Yale, Albert was his wife's Great Uncle
56th Bn. Machine Gun Corps. (Inf.)
18/09/1918, aged 25.
Son of Albert and Ada Collins of Bloxham, Oxfordshire. Husband of Kathleen Collins and father of Rosina 1916 (pictured) and Ada 1918 of Coventry.
Plot IV. B. 4.
Picture courtesy of Bev Smith, great niece
Victoria Cross: 410935 Private, Claude Joseph Patrick Nunney, VC, DCM, MM, 38th Bn. Canadian Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment). Died of wounds 18/09/1918, aged 25 and buried in plot IV. B. 39.
Citation: An extract from the "London Gazette" Supplement (No. 31067, of 13th Dec., 1918) records the following:-"For most conspicuous bravery during the operations against the Drocourt-Queant line on Sept. 1st and 2nd, 1918. On Sept. 1st, when his battalion was in the vicinity of Vis-en-Artois, preparatory to the advance, the enemy laid down a heavy barrage and counter-attacked. Pte. Nunney, who was at this time at company headquarters, immediately on his own initiative proceeded through the barrage to the company outpost lines, going from post to post and encouraging the men by his own fearless example. The enemy were repulsed and a critical situation was saved. During the attack on Sept. 2nd, his dash continually placed him in advance of his companions, and his fearless example undoubtedly helped greatly to carry the company forward to its objectives."
Who was Claude Nunney?
There has been some debate as to Nunney's origins. Whilst Nunney himself stated he was born in Dublin, Ireland, it is claimed he was actually born in Hastings, England as Stephen Sargent Claude Nunney. Also it is claimed that Nunney did not become a Canadian citizen by naturalization process, but by becoming part of a child emigration scheme known as British Home Children.
John Duncan Smith
5th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps
04/06/1917, aged 26.
Son of John and Christina Smith, Lochore, Fife.
Plot III. G. 50
Picture courtesy of Robert Smith, nephew.
16452 Air Mechanic 1st Class
Walter J. Rayner
Royal Flying Corps
02/02/1918, aged 27.
Plot III. C. 19.
Picture courtesy of nephew, Stuart Barker
1921. The grave of 169 Gunner (Gnr) Oscar Henry Schroeder, 55th Siege Battery, 36th Heavy Artillery Group, O Siege Brigade, of Queenscliff, Vic. Gnr Schroeder was a professional soldier with the Royal Australian Garrison Artillery in Queenscliff at the time of his enlistment in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) on 4 June 1915. He embarked as a Corporal from Melbourne on HMAT Orsova on 17 July 1915. He was wounded in action in France on 27 April 1917, and died of his wounds on 2 May 1917 at the 42nd Casualty Clearing Station, at the age of 24. He is buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension.
William Thomas Clegg
9th Bn. Seaforth Highlanders
05/03/1917, aged 41.
Husband of Alice Clegg, of 9, Valley Gardens, Hapton, Burnley. formerly of 12 Woodsley Street, Rosegrove, Burnley
Plot I. G. 51.
He died of Bronchitis and prior to enlisting was a weaver at Messrs. Spencer's Imperial Mill, Burnley.
1st/4th Bn. Gordon Highlanders
05/06/1916, aged 25.
Son of John and Mary Grant, of 62, Gordon St., Aberdeen.
Plot I. C. 59.
Reginald Samuel Pritchard
2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles Battalion
Plot I. F. 4.
Picture courtesy of Glen McKenzie, Reginald was his mother's cousin
13th Bn. East Yorkshire Regiment
02/05/1917, aged 30.
Son of Henry and Betty Greenwood; husband of Margaret Greenwood, of 21, Sandhurst St., Burnley.
Plot II. F. 16.
"A" Bty. 330th Bde. Royal Field Artillery
Husband of Mrs Brunt of 58, Nairne Street, Burnley. He had a Hairdressing business on Trafalgar Street, Burnley.
Plot IV. H. 13.
Henry Joseph Powell
12th Bn. Gloucestershire Regiment
08/05/1917, aged 19.
Son of Mrs. T. E. Powell, of 29, Weston St., Barton Hill, Bristol.
Plot II. H. 37.
2nd Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers
28/04/1918, aged 25.
Husband of Elizabeth E. Cook (formerly Marsden), of 24, Hambledon View, Cheapside, Burnley.
Plot III. A. 24.
"C" Bty. 170th Bde. Royal Field Artillery
Plot I. K. 2.
Prior to enlisting he was a weaver at Messrs. Collinge bros., Mill, Burnley Wood. he lived at 4 Burton Street, Burnley.
"B" Coy. 1st Bn. East Lancashire Regiment
22/05/1917, aged 21.
Son of Mr. G. H. and Mrs. R. Gaskell, of 53, Evelyn St., Burnley.
Plot III. G. 1.
Born in Inniskilling, he was a tape labourer at H. Walton's Coronation Mill prior to enlisting. Son of Serjeant G. H. Gaskell, a veteran of the South African wars.
11th Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers
07/05/1916, aged 33.
Son of Henry and Hannah Harrison of Burnley. Lived at 33 Berry Street, Burnley.
Plot I. B. 29.
2nd Bn. Canadian Pioneers
07/04/1917, aged 21.
Son of J. W. and Alberta Towle, of South River, P.O., Canada.
Plot I. K. 48.
Picture courtesy of Ann Cullen, a distant cousin of this soldier
Plan courtesy of Barry Cuttell
Cecil Haggart Shaver, MM
2nd Bde. Canadian Field Artillery
02/09/1918, aged 21.
Son of Mrs. Nancy ( Day) Shaver & Henry Shaver Cainsville, Ontario, Canada.
Plot IV. A. 4.
Picture courtesy of great niece, Nancy Johnson
Rankin Martin, MM
176th Tunnelling Company,
12/07/1918, aged 31.
Commissioned from the ranks having previously served as a sergeant with the Royal Fusiliers. He was the son of Mr and Mrs Robert and Isabella Martin; husband of Mary Blakely, of 6 Radnor Street, Kelvingrove, Glasgow.
Plot V. B. 3.
Picture courtesy of Joe O'Raw