NAMPS-AU-VAL BRITISH CEMETERY

Namps-au-Val

Somme

France

 

General Directions: Namps-au-Val is a village in the Department of the Somme approximately 16 kilometres south-west of Amiens. The British Cemetery is between the village and the railway station.

At the end of March 1918, when the German offensive in Picardy began, the 41st, 50th and 55th Casualty Clearing Stations came to Namps-au-Val, remaining until the middle of April. Almost all the burials in the cemetery were carried out by them, but nine graves in Plot II, Row D, were brought after the Armistice from CONTY FRENCH MILITARY CEMETERY.

The cemetery contains 408 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and one from the Second World War. There are also 16 French war graves.

The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield

Victoria Cross: Captain Gordon Muriel Flowerdew, VC, Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians), died of wounds, 31/03/1918, aged 32. Plot I. H. 1. Son of Arthur J. B. and Hannah Flowerdew, of Billingford Hall, Scole, Norfolk.

Citation:

An extract from the Second Supplement to the London Gazette, No. 30648, of 24th April, 1918, records the following: "For most conspicuous bravery and dash when in command of a squadron detailed for special service of a very important nature. On reaching the first objective, Lt. Flowerdew saw two lines of the enemy, each about sixty strong, with machine guns in the centre and flanks, one line being about two hundred yards behind the other. Realising the critical nature of the operation and how much depended upon it, Lt. Flowerdew ordered a troop under Lt. Harvey, V.C. to dismount and carry out a special movement while he led the remaining three troops to the charge. The squadron (less one troop) passed over both lines, killing many of the enemy with the sword; and wheeling about galloped at them again. Although the squadron had then lost about 70 per cent of its numbers, killed and wounded, from rifle and machine gun fire directed on it from the front and both flanks, the enemy broke and retired. The survivors of the squadron then established themselves in a position where they were joined, after much hand-to-hand fighting, by Lt. Harvey's party. Lt. Flowerdew was dangerously wounded through both thighs during the operation, but continued to cheer on his men. There can be no doubt that this officer's great valour was the prime factor in the capture of the position."

Casualty Details: UK 326, Canada 24, Australia 57, South Africa 1, France 16, Total Burials: 424

 

 

536557 Private

James Llewellyn Davies

2nd/2nd Northumbrian Field Ambulance,

 Royal Army Medical Corps.

31/03/1918

Plot I. B. 32.

From Cwmann, Lampeter, Wales - he died in 1918 and is buried in France, in Namps-au-Val military cemetery.  He was the son of John and Jane Davies (my great-grandparents).

 Picture courtesy of Elaine Banks

 

1744 Sergeant

Norman Colin Stewart

53rd Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

11/04/1918, aged 23.

Plot II. A. 31.

 

Son of  Elizabeth Stewart of Taree, Manning River, New South Wales, and the
late William Wallace Stewart. Norman and his elder brother Jack, 1743A, both
served in the 53rd Bn., Norman died from wounds 11th April 1918 and brother
Jack was killed in action on the 24th April 1918. They were members of a family
of nine sons, six of whom had proudly served their country in both the Boer
War and WW1
 
Photo and  information courtesy of his great niece, Jeanette Moore nee Stewart  
 

 

 

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