ESTAIRES COMMUNAL CEMETERY AND EXTENSION
General Directions: Estaires is a town and commune in the Department of the Nord, about 11 kilometres west of Armentieres. The Cemetery is on the eastern outskirts of the town and on the east side of the road to Bailleul. Leave the church and head north-east on the Avenue Kennedy. Take the second road on the left after 400 metres onto Rue de l'Egalite, which leads to the cemetery on the right hand side of the road.
Estaires town was occupied by French cavalry on the
15 October 1914, and passed at once into British hands. On the 10 April 1918
it was captured by the enemy, after an obstinate defence by the 50th
(Northumbrian) Division; and it was finally retaken by British troops at the
beginning of September 1918.
Victoria Cross: Brigadier General, Sir John Edmond Gough, General Staff, A. D. C. to H.M The King. Chief of Staff, First Army late Rifle Brigade. VC. KCB. CMG. The award was won in Somaliland in 1903, he died of wounds on 22/2/1915 and is buried in Plot II. A. 7 (Communal). Son of Gen. Sir Charles Gough, V.C., G.C.B.; husband of Lady Gough, of 4, Upper Harley St., Regent's Park, London.
JOHN EDMOND GOUGH
Citation: VC. won Somaliland, 1903. An extract from the London Gazette dated 15th January 1904 records the following: "During the action at Daratoleh, on 22nd April last, Major Gough assisted Captains Walker and Rolland in carrying back the late Captain Bruce (who had been mortally wounded) and preventing that Officer from falling into the hands of the enemy. Captains Walker and Rolland have already been awarded the Victoria Cross for their gallantry on this occasion, but Major Gough (who was in command of the column) made no mention of his own conduct, which has only recently been brought to notice."
Shot at Dawn: 10853 Private A. Troughton, 1st Bn. Royal Welch Fusiliers, executed for desertion 22/04/1915, aged 22. Son of Nathaniel Troughton, of 14, Ash Grove, Stoney Station Rd., Coventry. Plot III. D. 6. (Joint grave)
Shot at Dawn: 10958 Private A. Penn, 1st Bn. Royal Welch Fusiliers, executed for desertion 22/04/1915. Plot III. D. 6. (Joint grave)
Casualty Details: (Communal) UK 437, Canada 1, Australia 134, New Zealand 55, India 8, Germany 6, France 2, Total Burials: 673
Casualty Details: (Extension) UK 228, Canada 5, Australia 5, New Zealand 1, India 1, Germany 5, Total Burials: 245
The Communal plot
"D" Bty. 92nd Bde. Royal Field Artillery
19/12/1915, aged 20.
Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Jackson, of Bradford.
Plot II. K. 9.
Gunner Edward Jackson Number 22000 lived at Upper
Woodlands Road, Manningham, Bradford and worked as a French polisher. He was
5’ 7” inches tall, with blue eyes and dark brown hair. On August 28th 1914
at the age of 19 years and 66 days Edward Jackson joined the Royal Field
Artillery------"D" Bty. 92nd Bde. He was posted to France and on December
19th 1915 was wounded. He was taken to the 62nd Field Ambulance in Bethune
but died later that day of his injuries at the age of 20. His brother died
10 months later, also in France.
Gunner Edward Jackson 22000 was my Great Uncle.
Pictures courtesy of great nephew, Paul Jackson