LA KREULE MILITARY CEMETERY

Hazebrouck

Nord

France

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La Kreule is a small hamlet 2 kilometres north of Hazebrouck, on the road to St Sylvestre-Cappel and Steenvoorde.

Leave Hazebrouck on the D916 heading north. The Cemetery is visible from the roundabout where the D916 crosses the Hazebrouck by-pass. The access road to the cemetery is 100 metres off the roundabout, on the left hand side.

La Kreule Military Cemetery was opened in April 1918 by the 1st and 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Stations, which came back from Outtersteene ahead of the German advance, and the 17th, which arrived from Lijssenthoek.

These three stations, known collectively as "Ana Jana Siding", were posted to the north of La Kreule, but in the middle of April they withdrew to Blendecques, near St. Omer, and the cemetery was then used by heavy artillery and fighting units. In October 1918, the 17th Casualty Clearing Station returned with the 8th and the 64th and the cemetery was closed at the end of the month.

The cemetery contains 576 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and 11 German war graves. The cemetery was designed by Sir Herbert Baker.

 

 

W/763 Driver

William John Jenkins

"A" Bty. 119th Bde.

Royal Field Artillery

11/09/1918, aged 30.

Plot III. D. 13.

Son of Mary Jenkins, of 4, Mary Street, Twynyrodyn, Merthyr Tydfil.

 

Picture courtesy of Byron Jenkins

 

 

 

 

Shot at Dawn: 4519 Private, Harry Hendricks, 2nd Bn. Leinster Regiment, executed for desertion 23/08/1918, aged 46. Plot III. C. 1.

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.

 

 

Life Stories - Robinson Bullock

 

"A Loving Son and Brother"

700258 Corporal

330th Bde. Royal Field Artillery

19th September 1918, aged 23.

Robinson Bullock was born in Burnley in August 1895, he was the son of Thomas, a Stonemason and Bricklayer and Fanny Bullock. At the time of his birth the family were living at Hart Street, Burnley. By 1901 Robinson - or Robin as he was known - was joined by a brother Heber, they remained resident at Hart Street and he started his education at St Peter's DaySchool before joining the Higher Grade School as a scholarship winner. By 1911 the family had moved to 7 Lebanon Street in the Fulledge area of the town and Robinson and Heber had been joined by two other brothers, Neville and Edgar and a sister Frances. Robinson, now sixteen, was at this time working as a clerk for the Poor Law Union. He was a talented writer, as a boy being a frequent contributor to and winner in the local newspaper's children's column, he was also a member of the Territorial Artillery and well known within the Parish Church.

He first saw active service in Egypt where he arrived in September 1914, he was wounded at Gallipoli and saw further service in Palestine and France where he was wounded and gassed. By the time of his death in 1918 he had seen almost exactly four years active service, his parents, who by now had moved to Great Crosby were informed that their son had been wounded on 18th September 1918 and died of his wounds the following day at a Casualty Clearing Station where he was later buried.

Robinson Bullock's grave can now be found in La Kreule British Cemetery near Hazebrouck, France where his headstone is engraved with "A Loving Son and Brother." He is also commemorated on the grave within Burnley Cemetery of Eastwood and Fanny Robinson, his grandparents, the inscription reads "Also of Robinson Bullock, their grandson, Cpl. in the R. F. A. (TF). Died of Wounds Sept. 19th 1918. Buried at La Kreule British Cemetery, Hazebrouck, France.

Robinson Bullock, remembered on his grandparents headstone

Biography by Brent Whittam

 

L/24080 Driver

James Frederick Lesson

"D" Bty. 170th Bde.

Royal Field Artillery

06/09/1918, aged 20.

Son of George and Ellen Jane Lesson, of Horwich, Lancs.

Plot III. C. 16.

 

Fred, as he was known, of 41 Webb Street, Horwich near Bolton in Lancashire, joined the County Palatine Royal Field Artillery 191 Brigade. At the time of his recruitment on 19th May 1915 he lied about his age saying that he was 19 years old when he was only barely 16. Fred was the only son of George and Ellen Jane (Nellie) Lesson He died on the 6th September 1918. He was conveying some men ,who were going home to England on leave, away from The Front when they were hit directly by a shell from a long range gun. He was just 20 years old.

If there anyone has any information about the activity of the RFA in this region on the day he died 6th September 1918 I would be very grateful for it.

Picture courtesy of Leon Knapper


 

 

 

4343 Private

Alan Parish Edwards, MM.

2nd Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

18/06/1918

Plot I. F. 4.

 

From Macleay River, NSW. Pte Edwards was awarded the Military Medal on 14 December 1917 "For conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty during operations east of Ypres from 29th Sept. to 5th Oct. 1917".

 

3978 Corporal

Arthur Johnson Smith

3rd Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

24/06/1918, aged 24.

Plot I. F. 10.

 

From Lidcombe, NSW. A labourer prior to enlisting, he embarked from Sydney aboard HMAT Medic (A7) on 30 December 1915.

He was wounded in action on 24 June 1918,

during a raid at Strazeele, France and died soon after en route to the dressing station, aged 24.

 

 

 

6516 Private

William Horsman

1st Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

30/05/1918, aged 42.

Born at Liverpool, England. Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Horsman, husband of Alice Horsman, of 22, Queen St, Preston, Lancs.

Plot I. D. 14.

 

From Sydney, NSW. A hotel porter prior to enlisting, he embarked from Sydney aboard HMAT Ceramic (A40) on 7 October 1916. An officer's batman, he was killed in action, aged 39, when a shell exploded behind the lines near Hazebrouck, France on 30 May 1918.

 

2258 Private

John Howie Williams

10th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

30/05/1918, aged 23.

Son of W. J. and E. Williams, of 55, Second Avenue, St. Peter's, South Australia.

Native of Blinman, South Australia.

Plot I. D. 9.

 

A moulder of Richmond, SA, prior to enlistment, he embarked on HMAT Plymouth (A9). He was killed in action 30 May 1918 and buried at La Kreule Military Cemetery, Hazebrouck.