BORRE BRITISH CEMETERY

Borre

Nord

France

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Borre is a village 3 kilometres east of Hazebrouck on the D642.

On reaching the village, turn right just before the church on the road signposted Sec Bois. The cemetery is 120 metres from the junction on the right hand side.

The cemetery was used from May to September 1918 by field ambulances and fighting Units, particularly those of the 1st Australian Division, during the interval between the German and Allied offensives of that year.

The cemetery now contains 367 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and three German war graves. There are also five burials of the Second World War.

The cemetery was designed by Sir Herbert Baker

Casualty Details: UK 129, Australia 238, Germany 3, Total Burials: 370

     

2042 Private

Edgar Reynold Townsend

6th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

11/07/1918, aged 20.

Son of George and Mary Jane, Townsend, of Creswick, Victoria, Australia.

Plot II. D. 4.

 

Edgar Reynold Townsend, 6th Battalion from Creswick, Victoria. An 18 year old blacksmith prior to enlisting on 6 January 1915, he embarked for overseas with the 5th Reinforcements from Melbourne on 17 April 1915 aboard HMAT Hororata.

 

While serving with the 6th Battalion at Gallipoli, he was wounded in action and repatriated to England for medical treatment. After recovering from his wounds, he re-joined the battalion in France where he was killed in action on 11 July 1918 during the German Spring Offensive.

 

26395 Sergeant

Harry Lovell Fynmore

7th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

13/06/1918, aged 27.

Son of Frank and Henrietta Fynmore, of 85, Darling Street,

Moonee Ponds, Victoria, Australia.

Plot II. A. 28.

Harry Lovell Fynmore, 7th Battalion. A clerk from Moonee Ponds, Vic prior to enlistment, Sgt Fynmore embarked with the rank of Private with the 6th Reinforcements, 24th Battalion from Melbourne on HMAT Ulysses on 27 October 1915. Later promoted to Corporal, he was wounded in action before transferring firstly to the 2nd Light Trench Mortar Battery and then to the 7th Battalion.

On 13 June 1918 he was killed in action, aged 27, and was buried in the Borre British Cemetery, France. His younger brother 628 Private Leslie Haliburton Fynmore, 21st Battalion, had previously been also killed in action.

 

 

 

 

 

Shot at Dawn: 44174 Private William Scholes, 2nd Bn. South Wales Borderers, executed for desertion 10/08/1918. Son of Mary Ann and the late Job Scholes. Plot II. G. 11.

The mass pardon of 306 British Empire soldiers executed for certain offences during the Great War was enacted in section 359 of the Armed Forces Act 2006, which came into effect on royal assent on 8 November 2006.

 

 

     
      

 

32690 Private

Charles Harris

13th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment.

18/07/1918, aged 40.

Son of John and Jane Harris, of 1, Bodkin Row, Spring Gardens, Shrewsbury; husband of Elizabeth Harris, of 21 Crewe Street, Shrewsbury.

Plot II. D. 12.

 

Pictures courtesy of Philip Morris of Shrewsbury

 

 

   

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