GORDON DUMP CEMETERY

Ovillers-la-Boisselle

Somme

France

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Gordon Dump Cemetery is 2 kilometres north-east of Albert, on the right hand side of D929 Albert-Bapaume. At Y junction (102nd Infantry Brigade Memorial) nearby the Routiers restaurant, turn right onto D20 and follow through Ovillers/La Boisselle. After 2 kilometres the Cemetery is signposted onto a 300 metre grass track.

On 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, the 8th Division attacked Ovillers and the 34th Division La Boisselle. The villages were not captured, but ground was won between them and to the south of La Boisselle. On 4 July, the 19th (Western) Division cleared La Boisselle and on 7 July the 12th (Eastern) and 25th Divisions gained part of Ovillers, the village being cleared by the 48th (South Midland) Division on 17 July. The two villages were lost during the German advance in March 1918, but they were retaken on the following 24 August by the 38th (Welsh) Division. Plot I of the Cemetery was made by fighting units after 10 July 1916 and closed in September when it contained the graves of 95 soldiers, mainly Australian. It was called variously Gordon (or Gordon's) Dump Cemetery or Sausage Valley Cemetery, from the name given to the broad, shallow valley that runs down from it to Becourt.

The remainder of the cemetery was formed after the Armistice when graves were brought in from the 1916 battlefields immediately surrounding the cemetery. There are now 1,676 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 1,053 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to 34 casualties known or believed to be buried among them.

The cemetery was designed by Sir Herbert Baker.

Casualty Details: UK 1582, Canada 2, Australia 91, India 1, Total Burials: 1676

 

Victoria Cross: Second Lieutenant Donald Simpson Bell, VC,

9th Bn. Yorkshire Regiment, killed in action 10/07/1916, aged 25. Plot IV. A. 8. Former professional football player. Son of Smith and Annie Bell, of Western Flats, Queen's Rd., Harrogate; husband of Rhoda Bell, of Wilmslow, Cheshire.

Citation: An extract from "The London Gazette," No. 29740, dated 8th Sept., 1916, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery. During an attack a very heavy enfilade fire was opened on the attacking company by a hostile machine gun. 2nd Lt. Bell immediately, and on his own initiative, crept up a communication trench and then, followed by Corpl. Colwill and Pte. Batey, rushed across the open under very heavy fire and attacked the machine gun, shooting the firer with his revolver, and destroying gun and personnel with bombs. This very brave act saved many lives and ensured the success of the attack. Five days later this very gallant officer lost his life performing a very similar act of bravery.

 

 

3152 Private

James Stanley Jacobs

20th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

29/07/1916, aged 19.

Son of John and Elizabeth Jacobs, of Carrathool, New South Wales. Native of Hay, New South Wales.

Plot I. B. 18.

A 19 year old plumber prior to enlisting on 20 August 1915, he embarked for overseas with the 7th Reinforcements from Sydney on 20 December 1915 aboard HMAT Suevic. He served with the battalion in France where he was killed in action at Pozieres on 29 July 1916.

 

 

 

 

 

Donald Bell is shown here in the Green and White hoops of Bradford (Park Avenue), his playing record is shown below

 

1912-13 SEASON - BRADFORD (PARK AVENUE)


April 16th, 1913, WOLVES, Won 5-1, English Division 2.


1913-14 SEASON - BRADFORD (PARK AVENUE)


October 18th, 1913, FULHAM, Won 1-0, English Division 2.
October 25th, 1913, NOTTS. COUNTY, Won 3-2, English Division 2.                         
November 1st, 1913, LEICESTER FOSSE, Won 3-2, English Division 2.
November 8th, 1913, WOLVES, Lost 0-1, English Division 2.

 

 

 

 

 

1959 Private

Harry Moritz Kuhlmorgen

18th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

25/07/1916, aged 21.

Son of Alice Kuhlmorgen, of Newport, Manly, New South Wales, and the late Carl John Tekell

Plot IX. E. 3.

 

Studio portrait of 1959 Private (Pte) Harry Moritz 'Pat' Kuhlmorgen, 3rd Reinforcements, 18th Battalion, of Newport via Manly, NSW. Pte Kuhlmorgen enlisted on 3 May 1915 and embarked from Sydney aboard HMAT Runic on 9 August 1915. He saw service at Gallipoli Peninsula when he was taken on strength on 17 October 1915. On 25 March 1916 he was sent to France and killed in action on 25 July 1916, aged 21 years.

 

Picture courtesy of Dale Wegener

 

 

 

 

Captain

L. D. Head

9th Bn. King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

01/07/1916, aged 28.

on of Percy T. and Louisa A. Head, of "The Gables," Staines, Middx.; husband of Annette Marris (formerly Head), of "Lucerne," Slinfold. Horsham, Sussex. Native of Eastbourne.

Plot X. A. 6.

 

 

 

208 Corporal

Charles Edwin Dent

19th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

30/07/1916, aged 43.

Son of Louisa and the late Thomas Dent; husband of Margaret Dent, of 238, Bourke St., Darlinghurst, New South Wales. Native of Tasmania.

Plot I. B. 19.

 

 

 

 

 

15428 Lance Corporal

Fred Gee

8th Bn. Somerset Light Infantry

01/07/1916

Plot III. P. 8.

 

Employed at Walsall Railway Station for 14 years prior to enlisting, he was married and his home was in Algernon Street, Walsall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Captain

Arthur Beach Hatt, MC.

"A" Coy. 8th Bn. Somerset Light Infantry

01/07/1916, aged 27.

Son of Sir Harry Hatt and Lady Hatt, of Sunnycroft, Bloomfield Park, Bath.

Plot II. M. 4.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16949 Private

Albert George Tuck

"C" Coy. 8th Bn. Somerset Light Infantry

01/07/1916, aged 21.

Son of George and Eliza Tuck, of "The Hill," Bathford, Bath.

Plot VII. B. 2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5100 Private

John Tudor Griffiths

9th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

25/07/1916

Son of John Frederick and Catherine Jane Griffiths, of Free Trade Hall, High St., Rhyl, North Wales.

Plot I. B. 40.

 

 

 

 

2235 Private

Gordon Geoffrey Steenson

4th Australian Pioneers

31/07/1916, aged 20.Son of Kate Ada Pettitt (formerly Steenson), of Moorbank, Liverpool, New South Wales, and the late John Steenson.

Plot I. B. 10.

 

 

c. 1919. The isolated graves, each marked with a cross, of 52 Private (Pte) Arthur Joseph Stanley Clarke of Wattle Flat, SA, and 2186 Pte Thomas Joseph Lawrance (Lawrence), of Adelaide, SA, both of the 27th Battalion. Pte Clarke killed in action (KIA) at Pozieres on 29 July 1916 (Roll of Honour shows 30 July 1916). Pte Lawrence an alias for Thomas Joseph Nepean, was KIA on 1 August 1916. Both are buried at the Gordon Dump Military Cemetery, Ovillers La Boisselle, France.

 

 

c 1919. The isolated graves of 43 Private (Pte) Thomas William Chalklen and 174 Corporal (Cpl) Robert Vincent Payne, both of the 27th Battalion. Pte Chalklen, a driver from Port Augusta, SA prior to enlistment and Cpl Payne, a telephone mechanic from Richmond, SA prior to enlistment both embarked with A Company from Adelaide on HMAT Geelong on 31 May 1915. On 30 July 1916 Pte Chalklen was killed in action in France aged 20. On the same day, Cpl Payne, aged 22, was also killed in action. Following the Armistice, their remains were exhumed and re-interred in the Gordon Dump Cemetery, Ovillers-La-Boisselle, France.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Lieutenant

George Russell Money

4th Bn. Middlesex Regiment

01/07/1916

Plot IV. L. (not specified)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Lieutenant

J. M. Hunter

6th Bn. Wiltshire Regiment

02/07/1916, aged 31.

Son of the late Rev. John Hunter, D.D. Believed to be buried in -

Plot X. C. 2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

955 Gunner

Albert Roy Tempany

103rd Howitzer Bty. 3rd A.F.A. Bde.

Australian Field Artillery

08/08/1916, aged 18.

Son of Henry and Sophia Jane Tempany, of 139, Barkly St., Brunswick East, Victoria, Australia.

Plot IX. T. 9.

 

 

 

 

Wooden cross grave marker of 7831 Gunner Frederic Murchison Priddle, 5th Field Artillery Brigade, A.I.F. Priddle was born in Cumberland, Sydney. He was 19 years and 8 months when he enlisted on 19 September 1915.

Priddle disembarked at Marseille, France on 26 March 1916 and four months later he was killed in action at Pozieres, France on 30 July 1916.

The cross was erected over his grave in Gordon Dump Cemetery, Ovillers -La Boisselle, Picardie, France and later removed by his father when permanent headstones were erected to replace the temporary ones.

 

 

 

 

7831 Gunner

Frederic Murchison Priddle

5th Bde. Australian Field Artillery

30/07/1916, aged 20.

Son of Frederic Edward and Louisa Ewer Priddle, of Moreton Cottage, Lower Ocean St., Double Bay, Sydney, New South Wales. Native of Strathfield, Sydney.

Plot I. B. 12.

 

 

2551 Lance Corporal

Charles James Anderson

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

Between 22/07/1916 and 25/07/1916, aged 25.

Son of James and Margaret Anderson, of 18, Woodburn Rd., Lidcombe, New South Wales. Native of Aberdeen, Scotland.

Plot I. B. 43.

 

 

6721 Sergeant

Ernest Ralph Smith, MM.

4th Bde. Australian Field Artillery

26/08/1916, aged 22.

Son of Arthur and Elizabeth Eleanor Smith, of "Stroud," Surrey Rd., Blackburn, Victoria, Australia. Native of Victoria, Australia.

Plot I. A. 10.

 

 

 

 

14900 Private

P. C. Houghland

9th Bn. King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

01/07/1916

Plot IV. Q. 10.

 

 

 

 

 

3/2658 Private

T. Moore

9th Bn. King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

01/07/1916

Plot IX. A. 7.

 

 

 

1812 Private

Alfred Ernest Grindrod

20th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

01/08/1916

Son of John and Ada Grindrod, of "Kyogle," Wollongong Rd., Arncliffe, New South Wales. Native of Sydney, New South Wales.

Plot X. S. 11.

 

 

 

2471 Private

Leslie James Andrews

20th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

03/08/1916, aged 23.

Son of James Thomas and Jane Andrews, of 6, Park Rd., St. Peters, Sydney, New South Wales.

Plot I. A. 42.

 

 

 

 

Captain

John Alfred Benjamin

9th Bn. Duke of Wellington's

(West Riding Regiment)

05/07/1916, aged 24.

Son of Alfred and Rosetta Benjamin, of 4, Vale Court, Maida Vale, London.

Plot III. G. 6.

 

 

 

 

6357 Private

Frederick Silverwood

Australian Army Service Corps

07/08/1916

Plot I. A. 40.

 

 

 

 

 

2672 Private

George Bruce Fletcher Hunt

17th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

02/08/1916, aged 19.

Son of Alfred Edgar and Sarah Ruth Hunt, of "Robel," Ranger's Avenue, Mosman, New South Wales. Native of Dandaloo, New South Wales.

Plot I. B. 1.

 

 

 

 

2191 Private

Dennis Turner

19th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

30/07/1916, aged 35.

Husband of Mary Ann Turner, of 4, Colonel Braund Crescent, Daceyville, Sydney, New South Wales. Native of Park, Sheffield, England.

Plot I. B. 26.

 

 

 

Gunner 5516

Dominick Joseph Maher

1st Bde. Australian Field Artillery

26/07/1916, aged 25.

Son of John and Mary Maher. Native of Tamworth, New South Wales.

Plot V. E. 6.

 

 

 

2116 Private

Ernest John Armistead

22nd Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

Between 27/07/1916 and 04/08/1916, aged 24.

Son of Harriet Elizabeth Armistead and the late John Armistead. Native of Boonah, Victoria, Australia.

Plot I. B. 5.

 

 

 

 

3469 Private

William (Bill) Frederick Joseph Barker

17th Bn, Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

27/07/1916

Plot I. B. 21.

William Frederick Joseph (Bill) Barker who was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Bill Barker had seen service in the Boer War in South Africa before moving to Australia and settling in the Wellington area of NSW. He worked as a motor and cycle mechanic before enlisting in that city on 6 September 1915. He was assigned to the 8th Reinforcements, 17th Battalion and sailed for overseas aboard HMAT Aeneas on 20 December 1915. On arrival in France his unit fought at Pozieres where he was killed in action on 27 July 1916. Some time after his death, an article in the Wellington Times newspaper referred to the circumstances of his death as follows: 'Bill had gone out under intense fire to bring in a wounded mate, he was shot in many places and died shortly afterwards'.