DERNANCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION
General Directions: Dernancourt is a village 3 kilometres south of Albert. The Communal Cemetery is a little west of the village, and the Extension is on the north-west side of the Communal Cemetery.
Field ambulances used the Communal Cemetery for
Commonwealth burials from September 1915 to August 1916, and again during
the German advance of March 1918. It contains 127 Commonwealth burials of
the First World War.
Victoria Cross: 358 Serjeant, Thomas James Harris, VC. MM. 6th Bn. Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment), 09/08/18, aged 26. Plot VIII. J. 20. (Extension). Son of William John and Sarah Ann Harris, of 6, Manor Terrace, Halling, Rochester, Kent.
Image courtesy of Tony Grant
Citation: An extract from The London Gazette, No. 30967, dated 18th Oct., 1918, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty in attack when the advance was much impeded by hostile machine guns concealed in crops and shell-holes. Serjt. Harris led his section against one of these, capturing it and killing seven of the enemy. Later, on two successive occasions, he attacked single-handed two enemy machine-guns which were causing heavy casualties and holding up the advance. He captured the first gun and killed the crew, but was himself killed when attacking the second one. It was largely due to the great courage and initiative of this gallant N.C.O. that the advance of the battalion was continued without delay and undue casualties. Throughout the operations he showed a total disregard for his own personal safety, and set a magnificent example to all ranks."
Casualty Details: UK 1640, Canada 8, Australia 425, New Zealand 51, South Africa 33, India 5, Germany 2, Total Burials: 2164
237 Lance Corporal
Reginald Severn Tonge
22nd Bn. Royal Fusiliers
17/02/1917, aged 37
Son of Julia Tonge, of Raby Lodge, 35, Oliver Grove, South Norwood, London.
Plot V. B. 24
Leslie George Field
9th Bn. London Regiment, (Queen Victoria's Rifles)
Plot VIII. E. 14.
30369 Lance Corporal
6th Bn. King's Own Scottish Borderers
Plot X. B. 7.
"Gone but not forgotten"
Remembered by his nephew Billy Mundell
Henry Edward Vernon Winkworth
6th Bn. Northamptonshire Regiment
16/02/1917, aged 21.
Son of Edward and Sarah Winkworth, of 7, Wilbury Gardens, Hove, Sussex.
Plot V. C. 11.
He died of wounds at 45th Casualty Clearing Station on 18th February 1917 after being wounded by a gunshot wound to the chest at Boom Ravine on 17th February, possibly by machine-gun fire whilst crossing Grandcourt Trench.
Henry was born on 7th December
1895 at Brighton, Sussex, the son of Edward Henry Thomas Winkworth, an
auctioneer (b. 1857, Windsor, Berks.),
"Lest We Forget"
Picture courtesy of Liz & Bob Matthews
9006 Lance Corporal
Edmond James Guy
1st Bn. Royal Berkshire Regiment
12/03/1917, aged 26.
Son of Walter Thomas and Alice Mary Guy, of 14, Fentons Avenue, Plaistow, London.
Plot VI. D. 11.
and beloved brother of Milly, Rose, Elsie, Lily and Gertie
Murvyn (standing) and Jack (seated)
No.3634 Private Sturgess, Murvyn Henry. DOB:
No. 3642 Private Sturgess, Cecil John ("Jack"). DOB:
Jack lived out a full life in Queensland, Australia.
Picture and information courtesy of Murvyn and Jack's nephew, John Williamson
45th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.
02/04/1918, aged 40.
Son of John Henry and the late Mrs. Astridge; husband of Emily Astridge, of 4, Kerrs Rd., Lidcombe, New South Wales. Native of England.
Plot VI. I. 6.
3rd Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.
Plot IV. H. 23.
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