VADENCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY

Maissemy

Aisne

France 

 

General Directions: Maissemy is a village about 5 kilometres north-west of St.Quentin and about two kilometres north of the small town of Vermand. Vadencourt British Cemetery lies to the north of Maissemy and is on the west side of the road from Vermand to Bellenglise.

Maissemy passed into British hands in 1917. It was captured by the enemy on the 21st March 1918, in spite of a strong resistance by the 24th Division and the 2/4th Royal Berks, and retaken by the 1st Division on the following 15th September. At the beginning of October, the IX Corps Main Dressing Station was at Vadencourt.

Vadencourt British Cemetery (called at first Vadencourt New British Cemetery) was begun in August 1917, by fighting units, and used until March 1918. In October and November 1918, it was used by the 5th, 47th and 61st Casualty Clearing Stations (at Bihecourt, on the road to Vermand) as well as by Field Ambulances. These original graves are in Plots I-III. After the Armistice these plots were enlarged, and Plots IV and V made, by the concentration of graves from the surrounding battlefields and from a few small burial grounds. These scattered graves were mainly of April 1917, and March, April, September and October 1918, and many of them represented casualties of the 59th (North Midland) Division. At the same time four French, 31 American and 28 German Graves, all of October 1918, were removed to other cemeteries.

The cemeteries from which graves were removed to Vadencourt British Cemetery included these two:-

VADENCOURT CHATEAU CEMETERY, a little further West, contained nine soldiers from the United Kingdom and six from Canada were buried in April-August 1917.
VENDELLES CHURCHYARD EXTENSION, made by the 59th Division in April 1917, which contained the graves of 36 soldiers from the United Kingdom.

There are now over 750, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, over 200 are unidentified. Five Indian Cavalry soldiers, whose bodies were cremated, are named on special memorials.

The Cemetery covers an area of 2,953 square metres and is enclosed by rubble wall.

Victoria Cross:

Lieutenant Colonel, John Henry Stephen Dimmer, VC, MC, King's Royal Rifle Corps, attd. 2nd/4th Bn. Royal Berkshire Regiment, killed in action 21/03/1918 aged 35, plot II. B. 46.

Husband of Dora Garvagh (formerly Dimmer), of Ashby Hall, Lincoln.

Citation: An extract from "The London Gazette" dated 19th Nov., 1914. records the following:-"This Officer served his machine gun during the attack on the 12th November at Klein Zillebeke until he had been shot five times - three times by shrapnel and twice by bullets, and continued at his post until his gun was destroyed."

Casualty Details: UK 735, Canada 7, Australia 11, India 7, Total Burials: 760

 

 

 

240470 Lance Corporal

Charles Frederick Yates

1st/5th Bn. Leicestershire Regiment

14/10/1918

Son of Mrs. Elizabeth Yates, of 16, Seagrave Rd., Sileby, Leicester.

Plot III. C. 9.

 

Picture courtesy of Mr Yates, nephew

 

 

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