HAM BRITISH CEMETERY

Muille-Villette

Somme

France

 

General Directions: Ham is a small town about 20 kilometres south west of St Quentin at the crossroad of the D930 St Quentin-Roye and the D937 Peronne-Chauny. The British Cemetery is in the village of Muille-Villette. From the town centre of Ham take the D932 in the direction of Noyon. The Cemetery is signposted from this road and is situated on the left hand side.

In January, February and March 1918, the 61st (South Midland) Casualty Clearing Station was posted at Ham, but on the 23rd March the Germans, in their advance towards Amiens, crossed the Somme at Ham, and the town remained in German hands until the French First Army re-entered it on the following 6th September.

Ham British Cemetery was begun in January-March 1918 as an extension of MUILLE-VILLETTE GERMAN CEMETERY, made by the Casualty Clearing Station. In 1919 these graves were regrouped and others were added from the German cemetery and from the following:-

CROIX-MOLIGNAUX GERMAN CEMETERY (March and April 1918) ; ESMERY HALLON CHURCHYARD; VILLERS ST. CHRISTOPHE CHURCHYARD (March 1918); EPPEVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY GERMAN EXTENSION (March 1918); and ST. SULPICE COMMUNAL CEMETERY.

Ham British Cemetery contains 485 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War. 218 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to 14 soldiers, believed to be buried among them. Other special memorials record the names of 39 casualties known to have been buried in other cemeteries whose graves were not found.

The cemetery was designed by Charles Henry Holden & William Harrison Cowlishaw

Shot at Dawn:: 17137 Private T. Hogan, 2nd Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, executed for desertion on 15/05/1917. Plot I. G. 8.

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 485, Total Burials: 485

Artillery of the German 18th Army passing a horse transport column on a sunken road near Ham on 23 March 1918.

IWM (Q 29951)

 

266296 Corporal

William Brown

2nd Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), killed in action 25/03/1918,

aged 33.

Born 21/01/1885

Husband of Mary Carruth Brown.

Plot. II. C. 39

 

Picture courtesy of William Brown (Great grandson)

 

 

 

Second Lieutenant

Leonard Edward Atha

2nd Squadron, Royal Flying Corps

Killed near St. Quentin during his first war flight on 05/03/1918.

Aged 18.

Plot I. B. 4.

Son of Herbert Marcus and Grace Atha, of 69, Northampton Rd., Croydon, Surrey. Born at Dulwich, London.

 

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