NAMPS-AU-VAL BRITISH CEMETERY
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.
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.
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
James Llewellyn Davies
2nd/2nd Northumbrian Field Ambulance,
Royal Army Medical Corps.
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
Norman Colin Stewart
53rd Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.
11/04/1918, aged 23.
Plot II. A. 31.
Elizabeth Stewart of Taree, Manning River, New South Wales, and the