AUBIGNY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION

Aubigny

Somme

France

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Second Lieutenant

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

S/12932 Private

Alexander Ewan

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

 

17517 Private

Thomas Dawtry

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

 

 

 

Second Lieutenant

Granado Walter Foreman

Special Reserve

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.

9901 Private

Albert Reeves

1st Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment

13/07/1917

Husband of Harriet Reeves.

Plot III. E. 20.

 

Picture courtesy of Syd Yale, Albert was his wife's Great Uncle

159355 Private

Joseph Collins

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.


Dave Lorente, (Homechildren Canada,) wrote the following article on Claude:


"It is interesting to speculate how Claude Nunney would answer, were he alive today and asked to give his first names, DOB and birthplace, because for some unknown reason or reasons he knowingly or unwittingly gave false information when he joined up in World War I. Perhaps it was because, like so many other Home Children, he had lost his baptismal record and/or birth certificate. His birth certificate shows he was actually born in Hastings, England - not in Dublin as his military Attestation papers show. Nor was he Irish...and his name was not Claude Joseph Patrick Nunney as he stated but Stephen Sargent Claude Nunney' - the 'Sargent' being his mother's maiden name. His birth date was also wrong and he came to Canada as Stephen - not Claude. All that said, none of it detracts in any way from the brave things he did during World War I when he became one of 'Canada's Magnificent Seven' and won the former Empire and Commonwealth's highest award for bravery in the ranks."


 

 

33174 Private

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.

 

 

 

 

S/9817 Private

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.

 

3812 Private

Charles Grant

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.

440091 Private

Reginald Samuel Pritchard

2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles Battalion

21/11/1916

Plot I. F. 4.

 

Picture courtesy of Glen McKenzie, Reginald was his mother's cousin

28652 Private

Ashton Greenwood

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.

 

 

 

 

700786 Driver

Francis Brunt

"A" Bty. 330th Bde. Royal Field Artillery

30/05/1918

Husband of Mrs Brunt of 58, Nairne Street, Burnley. He had a Hairdressing business on Trafalgar Street, Burnley.

Plot IV. H. 13.

 

 

 

20091 Private

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.

 

 

33968 Private

Nathan Marsden

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.

 

 

 

L/18591 Gunner

Samuel Brown

"C" Bty. 170th Bde. Royal Field Artillery

03/04/1917

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.

 

 

 

20333 Private

William Gaskell

"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.

 

7739 Private

Stephen Harrison

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.

 

 

658023 Private

Hezekiah Towle

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

322914 Gunner

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

 

Second Lieutenant

Rankin Martin, MM

176th Tunnelling Company,

Royal Engineers

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