ETRETAT CHURCHYARD AND EXTENSION
General Directions: Etretat is a small seaside town about 26 kilometres north of Le Havre. The churchyard is on the D.940 from Fecamp.
In December 1914, No.1 General Hospital was established in Etretat and
it remained there until December 1918. In July 1917, it was taken over by
No.2 (Presbyterian USA) Base Hospital Unit, but it continued to operate as a
Victoria Cross: 72132 Sergeant Leo Clarke, VC, 2nd Bn, Canadian Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment). 19/10/1916, aged 24. Plot II. C. 3A. (Churchyard) Son of Henry Trevelyan Clarke and Rossetta Caroline Nona Clarke, of 785, Pine St., Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Citation: An extract from "The London Gazette," No. 29802, dated 24th Oct., 1916, records the following:-"For most conspicuous bravery. He was detailed with his section of bombers to clear the continuation of a newly-captured trench and cover the construction of a "block." After most of his party had become casualties, he was building a block when about twenty of the enemy with two officers counter-attacked. He boldly advanced against them, emptied his revolver into them and afterwards two enemy rifles which he picked up in the trench. One of the officers then attacked him with the bayonet, wounding him in the leg, but he shot him dead. The enemy then ran away, pursued by Acting Corporal Clarke, who shot four more and captured a fifth."
Casualty Details: UK 241, Canada 16, Australia 4, New Zealand 3, Total Burials: 264 (Churchyard).
Casualty Details: UK 244, Australia 37, South Africa 1, Total Burials: 282 (Extension)
9/14973 Lance Corporal
George Bernard Fitzgerald
1st Bn. East Yorkshire Regiment
10/05/1917, aged 27.
Son of John and Ann Fitzgerald, of Sunderland.
Plot I. E. 3. Extension
Picture courtesy of Norman Kirby