Epehy is a village between
Cambrai and Peronne about 18 kilometres north-east of Peronne. Epehy Wood
Farm Cemetery is a little west of the village and on the north side of the
road to Saulcourt.
The village of Epehy was captured at the beginning of April 1917. It
was lost on 22 March 1918 after a spirited defence by the Leicester Brigade
of the 21st Division and the 2nd Royal Munster Fusiliers. It was retaken (in
the Battle of Epehy) on 18 September 1918, by the 7th Norfolks, 9th Essex
and 1st/1st Cambridgeshires of the 12th (Eastern) Division. The cemetery
takes its name from the Ferme du Bois, a little to the east. Plots I and II
were made by the 12th Division after the capture of the village, and contain
the graves of officers and men who died in September 1918 (or, in a few
instances, in April 1917 and March 1918). Plots III-VI were made after the
Armistice when graves were brought in from the battlefields surrounding
Epehy and the following smaller cemeteries:- DEELISH VALLEY CEMETERY, EPEHY,
in the valley running from South-West to North-East a mile East of Epehy
village. It contained the graves of 158 soldiers from the United Kingdom
(almost all of the 12th Division) who fell in September, 1918. EPEHY NEW
BRITISH CEMETERY, on the South side of the village, contained the graves of
100 soldiers from the United Kingdom who fell in August, 1917-March, 1918
and in September, 1918. EPEHY R.E. CEMETERY, 150 yards North of the New
British Cemetery. It contained the graves of 31 soldiers from the United
Kingdom who fell in April-December, 1917, and of whom 11 belonged to the
429th Field Company, Royal Engineers. The cemetery now contains 997 burials
and commemorations of the First World War. 235 of the burials are
unidentified but there are additional special memorials to 29 casualties
known or believed to be buried among them, and to two casualties buried in
Epehy New British Cemetery, whose graves could not be found when that
cemetery was concentrated.
The cemetery was designed by
Sir Herbert Baker
Details: UK 997, Total Burials: 997
1st Bn. East Yorkshire
Plot III. K. 2.
Son of John & Minnie Barnes of Swinton, East Yorkshire enlisted into the
Wagoner's Reserves shortly after war broke out in 1914 and later
transferred to the East Yorkshire Regiment. He was killed in the battle
for the village of Epehy.
Picture courtesy of
Andrew Hilton, great, great nephew of Francis Barnes
action at Malassise Farm, Epehy, France
Plot III. L.
son of John
William and Mary Ann Holbrook of Rochdale. He left his widow Florence,
and his three children Clifford, Frank and Ivy.
Picture courtesy of James Holbrook's Great Granddaughter, Gail Campbell of Rochdale, Lancashire
William James Meekins, of 22, Fletcher Rd., Acton Green, London. Born at
Bury St. Edmund's.
Plot I. J.
Picture courtesy of Jacqui Meekins, Great niece of this
could not be found when the cemetery was concentrated and his grave lies
somewhere in the distance beyond his memorial
pride and honour by great niece Jeanette Essex
London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers)
Plot I. F.
Picture courtesy of great nephew Andrew Hawkins
Plot I. G.
James Claude Ring formerly of Camberwell & Kate Maria Ring (Vinsen)
formerly of Cambridge. Brother of Gus & Claude. All
lived in New Zealand.
Picture courtesy of Tony Ring
any information on how this officer was killed, please contact us and we
will pass the information on.
Brentford son of John & Ellen Green, husband of Eliza, home in The
Avenue, West Ealing, London.
Father of Ellen born 1911 and Alice born 1912.
Plot VI. G.
awarded 'for his gallant conduct as stretcher bearer throughout the
Submitted by Fred Harman - a proud grandson.
James and Caroline Jennings of Church Street, Stapleford,
Cambridgeshire. He was awarded the Military Medal for bravery on 11th
His date of
death is incorrectly recorded as 23/09/16 on his headstone and by the
CWGC on their Debt of Honour Register.
Plot I. A.
Picture courtesy of great nephew, Mark Ward
London Regiment, (Royal Fusiliers)
Richard Henry and Jane Mannering, of Juniper Cottage, Hardley, Hythe,
Plot II. A.
courtesy of great nephew, Paul Menniss
18/09/1918, aged 21.
Charles Alfred and Maria Martin, of 22, Hatherley Rd., Reading.
Stanley Martin enlisted in 1914 at the age of 17.
He served with great distinction first in the Berkshire Regiment
being sent to France on the 30th March 1915, and later, after being
commissioned, in the London Regiment. He was awarded the Military
Medal for bravery in 1917 and was killed at the Battle of Epehy on
September 18th 1918 just weeks before the Armistice. Here is a
citation on his military career from the Reading Remembrance Trust :
The Reading Chronicle, 4 October
1918, published Stanley's obituary, and details of the action were
reproduced. Stanley’s commanding office wrote to his parents Charles
‘Your son was killed leading his platoon
against a German post in the village; they were fired on by a machine
gun and your son at once charged it gallantly with a few men. He fell
killed instantaneously. Your son can ill be spared, either as a
soldier or a friend. It may be some satisfaction to you to know that
the attack was entirely successful. We captured the village and drove
the Germans away two miles the other side. The village was held by
crack German troops, the Alpine Corps Jaegers (riflemen), who fought
very bravely, holding on in the village until the evening.’
Pictures courtesy of Donald and
Martin Stubbs; great nephews of Stanley Martin
This picture courtesy of Gail Campbell of Rochdale.
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