HAZEBROUCK COMMUNAL CEMETERY

Hazebrouck

Nord

France

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From October 1914 to September 1917, casualty clearing stations were posted at Hazebrouck. The Germans shelled and bombed the town between September 1917 and September 1918 making it unsafe for hospitals, but in September and October 1918, No.9 British Red Cross Hospital was stationed there.

Commonwealth burials began in the communal cemetery in October 1914 and continued until July 1918. At first, they were made among the civilian graves, but after the Armistice these earlier burials were moved into the main Commonwealth enclosure.

During the Second World War, Hazebrouck was garrisoned and was on the western flank of the area occupied by the British Expedionary Force until May 1940. The cemetery was used again, mainly for the burial of those killed in late May 1940 during the fighting which covered the retreat of the BEF to the Dunkirk-Nieuport perimeter

The cemetery now contains 877 Commonwealth burials of the First World War (17 of them unidentified) and 86 from the Second World War (20 of them unidentified).

The Commonwealth plot, for the construction of which the town of Hazebrouck contributed 20,000 francs, was designed by Sir Herbert Baker

Casualty Details: UK 726, Canada 59, Australia 50, New Zealand 30, India 12, France 1, Total Burials: 878

 

 

77922 Air Mechanic 2nd Class

Walter Pocock

45th Sqdn. 11th Wing,

Royal Flying Corps

12/06/1917, aged 23.

Son of John and Emily Pocock, of Elizabeth Cottage, Mill Plat, Isleworth, Middx.

Plot I. G. 10.

 

In the late 1970s in New York City, I volunteered to visit a home-bound elderly person. That is how I met Daisy Campbell. At our very first meeting, Daisy told me her life's story. At that time, the BBC series Upstairs Downstairs was being broadcast here. Daisy told me that her story was just like that of Rose, the parlour maid. Like Rose, Daisy had worked in domestic service in London and like Rose, her fiancé was killed in World War I. Though more than 60 years had passed, Daisy’s eyes filled with tears as she told me, “He was the only man I ever loved.” Daisy was an extraordinary woman and a great friend. She would be happy to know that Walt’s and her sacrifice has not been forgotten.

 

Images from the left, Walter with Daisy, Walter in uniform and Walter's headstone at Hazebrouck.

 

Courtesy of Valerie Thaler

 

 

 

 

Shot at Dawn:

2063 Driver, B. De Fehr, 1st Reserve Park, Canadian Army Service Corps, executed for murder, 25/08/1916. Plot I. A. 13

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

72651 Serjeant

Willie Tebbs

9th Air Line Section, Royal Engineers

15/01/1916, aged 30.

Son of Joe and Emma Tebbs, of Leeds; husband of Emma Tebbs, of 27, Winfield Rd., Blackman Lane, Leeds.

Plot II. E. 2.

 

The picture above right shows Willie with his wife Emma and son Wilfred, Willie died of acute Nephritis.

 

Pictures courtesy of Great, great grandson, Adam Hicks

 

 

WW2 Graves

 

 

 

 

9716 Corporal

Andrew Hughes

8th Bn. North Staffordshire Regiment

05/10/1916

Plot I. B. 2.

 

Picture courtesy of Bernard Williams, Andrew Hughes was the best mate of his grandfather

 

 

1009 Lance Corporal

John Dodgson

1st/5th King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)

10/05/1915, aged 21.

Son of Jane Dodgson, of 13, Sandy Lane, Preesall, Fleetwood,

and the late John Dodgson. Native of Pilling, Preston.

Plot II. E. 16.

 

Picture courtesy of Stephen Singleton

 

7497 Private

Emanuel Carl Hansen

7th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

16/04/1918, aged 30.

Son of Edward and Ellen Hansen. Husband of Naomi Kathleen Walker (formerly Hansen). Native of Victoria, Australia.

Plot III. E. 14.

 

Emanuel (Mannie) was born 27 May 1887 to Edward Hansen and Ellen Walsh in St Kilda, Victoria, Australia. Emanuel joined the Sportsman's Unit 25 RFTF,  7 Bn. on 15 June 1917 as a Private. He was killed in action on 16 April 1918 and is buried at Hazebrouck Communal Cemetery. He was married with two children.

 

Picture courtesy of Dianne Bates, great niece

 

 

 

Lieutenant Colonel

Clarence Wells Didier Daly, DSO. M.I.D.

6th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

13/04/1918, aged 27.

Son of William Disney John Eyre Daly and Florence Eleonore Daley, of "Quitchambo," Mangarra Rd., Canterbury, Victoria, Australia. Native of Hobart, Tasmania.

Plot III. E. 24.

 

On 13 April 1918, Colonel Daly was taking up a support position in the Foret de Nieppe, to hold up the advance of the Germans at Hazebrouck. The night had been quiet but soon after 5 a.m. the Germans opened on the village of La Motte and its environs with 4.2 inch and 5.9 inch guns. Colonel Daly was riding on the La Motte-Vieuxberquin road, superintending the dispositions when he was killed with his favourite horse 'Bobby'. He was buried with full military honours on the afternoon of 14 April, with Padre Carter performing the last rites. The impressive service was punctuated by the tearing crash of high explosives as the Germans shelled the vicinity consistently with huge 15 inch shells.