QUERRIEU BRITISH CEMETERY
General Directions: Querrieu is a village 10 kilometres east-north-east of Amiens on the road (D929) to Albert, Bapaume and Cambrai. The cemetery is south of the village, 100 metres after the church on the left hand side of the road (VC201) leading to the neighbouring village of Bussy-les-Daours.
The cemetery was opened at the end of March 1918 by the 3rd Australian Division and was used by some of the divisions which took part in the defence of Amiens against the German advance. It was closed in August 1918.
Lieutenant Colonel, Christopher Bushell, VC, DSO, 7th Bn. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment), killed in action 08/08/1918 aged 30, row E. 6.
Younger son of the late Reginald Bushell, of Hinderton Lodge, Neston, Cheshire, and of Mrs. Caroline Bushell, of Hillside, St. Margaret's-at-Cliffe, Dover; husband of Rachel Bushell, of Boughton Aluph, Kent, late of Wye Vicarage, Kent.
Citation: An extract from The London Gazette No. 30667, dated 30th Apl., 1918, records the following:- For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty when in command of his battalion. Lt. Col. Bushell personally led "C" Company of his battalion, who were co-operating with an Allied regiment in a counter-attack, in face of very heavy machine gun fire. In the course of this attack he was severely wounded in the head, but he continued to carry on, walking about in front of both English and Allied troops encouraging and re-organising them. He refused even to have his wound attended to until he had placed the whole line in a sound position, and formed a defensive flank to meet a turning movement by the enemy. He then went to brigade headquarters and reported the situation, had his wound dressed, and returned to the firing line, which had come back a short distance. He visited every portion of the line, both English and Allied, in the face of terrific machine-gun and rifle fire, exhorting the troops to remain where they were, and to kill the enemy. In spite of his wounds this gallant officer refused to go to the rear, and had eventually to be removed to the dressing station in a fainting condition. To the magnificent example of energy, devotion and courage shown by their Commanding officer is attributed the fine spirit displayed and the keen fight put up by his battalion not only on the day in question but on each succeeding day of the withdrawal."
Casualty Details: UK 103, Australia 84, Germany 12, Total Burials: 199
Ubert Victor Willis
55th Bn. Australian Infantry A.I.F.
Son of Jonathan and Emily Willis, of Kangaloon Rd., Bowral, New South Wales.
Picture above is Bert Willis (left) and a friend
Remembered by Christopher Albertson, Mr and Mrs Graeme and Doreen Willis, and Mrs Lois Albertson.