ESQUELBECQ MILITARY CEMETERY

Esquelbecq

Nord

France

 

General Directions: Esquelbecq is a village near the Belgian frontier, 24 kilometres north of Hazebrouck and the same distance south of Dunkirk. The Military Cemetery is about one kilometre west of the village, 200 metres south of the road to Zeggers-Cappel.

The cemetery was opened in April 1918 during the early stages of the German offensive in Flanders, when the 2nd Canadian and 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Stations came to Esquelbecq. It was closed in September 1918.

Shot at Dawn: Private G Hunter, 2nd Bn. Durham Light Infantry, executed for desertion on 02/07/1916, plot 1. B. 1A.

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.

 

Casualty Details: UK 569, Canada 1, Australia 2, New Zealand 4, South Africa 1, India 1, Germany 7, France 3, Total Burials: 587

 

245354 Private

Thomas Wilkinson Grey

2nd Bn. Durham Light Infantry.

Formerly 226024 East Yorkshire Regiment

30/05/1918, aged 22.

Son of Thomas Wilkinson Grey and Charlottie Grey, of 52, Ann St., Plumstead, London.

Plot I. E. 18.

 

Picture courtesy of Robert Grey

31387 Private

William Francis Pickering

2nd Bn. South Lancashire Regiment

30/04/1918, aged 23.

Son of Mrs. A. Pickering, of 31, Bloomsgrove Rd., Ilkeston, Derbyshire.

Plot I. B. 28.

Picture courtesy of Dr. Colin Pounder

 

 

John Pritchard pictured with his wife Mary

 

7308 Private

John Pritchard

1st Bn. King's Shropshire Light Infantry

01/07/1918, aged 38.

Son of Edward and Mary Pritchard, of Oswestry; husband of Mary E. Pritchard, of 19, Middleton Rd., Oswestry.

Plot III. A. 27.

Picture courtesy of Philip Allmark, grandson

781755 Gunner

Robert Douglas Law

"C" Bty. 246th Bde.

Royal Field Artillery

21/05/1918, aged 21.

Son of Booth and Jessie Law, of 21, Darfield St., Bradford.

Plot II. D. 6.

 

M2/046874 Private

Percy William Paul Turner

Army Service Corps.

attd. 16th Siege Bde. Ammunition Column.

Royal Garrison Artillery

03/07/1918, aged 27.

Son of Esther Catherine Turner, of 65, Harlescott Rd., Nunhead, London, and the late Edward Frederick Charles Turner.

Plot III. C. 1.

 

Percy is also commemorated on the memorials at Borough Polytechnic Institute and Southwark & St. Silas, Nunhead

 

Picture courtesy of Great nephew, Charles Turner

 

44330 Gunner

Henry (Harry) Lucas

39th Siege Bty. Royal Garrison Artillery

09/05/1918, aged 37.

 
He is listed on the Holy Trinity Church, memorial, Rathmines, Henry & family lived at Mount Pleasant Building, Oxford Road, Renelagh, Dublin, Ireland.
Henry and family, Ken Scanlon's mother is the baby in her mother's arms
 
His death notice in the newspaper, below, mentions his uncle, John Lucas VC. (Won in New Zealand, 1864)
 
Pictures and information courtesy of Ken Scanlon
 

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