WARLOY-BAILLON COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION

Warloy-Baillon

Somme

France 

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Warloy-Baillon is a village about 21 kilometres north-east of Amiens along the D919 to Arras. The Communal Cemetery is on the east side of the village and the extension is on the eastern side of the cemetery. 

The first Commonwealth burial took place in the communal cemetery in October 1915 and the last on 1 July 1916. By that date, field ambulances had come to the village in readiness for the attack on the German front line eight kilometres away, and the extension was begun on the eastern side of the cemetery.

The fighting from July to November 1916 on the northern part of the Somme front accounts for the majority of the burials in the extension, but some are from the German attack in the spring of 1918.

The extension contains 1,331 First World War Commonwealth burials and two from the Second World War. There are also 18 German war graves in the extension.

The Communal Cemetery contains 46 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and 158 French war graves.

The extension was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.

Casualty Details: UK 858, Canada 152, Australia 321, Germany 17, Total Burials: 1348

 

 

 

2330 Private

Thomas Herbert Belpitt

12th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

26/07/1916, aged 25.

Son of Thomas Herbert and Sarah Anne Belpitt, of 39, Hunter St., Sydney, New South Wales. Native of Cunnamulla, Queensland.

Plot V. B. 24.

 

A labourer, of Cunnamulla, Queensland. He enlisted in the 26th Battalion on 5 July 1915 and sailed from Brisbane on the Warilda on 5 October 1915 for Alexandria, Egypt. On 1 March 1916 he was transferred to the 12th Battalion which sailed for Marseilles on 29 March 1916 en route to the Western Front. Pte Belpitt was wounded in action near Pozieres on 24 July 1916 and died two days later in No 1 Australian Field Ambulance, near Albert, France, aged 24 years.

 

 

 

29th April 1918, Warloy - Australian soldiers, several of whom are wearing Red Cross armbands, gathered outside a building, which was used as a dressing station by the 7th Australian Field Ambulance Company.

 

 

Shot at Dawn:

11257 Lance Corporal George Edward Hughes, 7th Bn. King's Own (Royal Lancaster) Regiment, executed for desertion, 23/11/1916, plot VI. D. 18. Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Hughes, of 8 Ernest Street, Great Ancoats, Manchester.

The mass pardon of 306 British Empire soldiers executed for certain offences during the Great War was enacted in section 359 of the Armed Forces Act 2006, which came into effect on royal assent on 8 November 2006.

 

 

     

The cemetery shortly after the war

 

 

1340 Private

Alan Fraser Fry

13th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

14/08/1916, aged 21.

Son of Arthur and Caroline F. Fry, of "Denegully," Northcote Rd., Lindfield, New South Wales.

His brother Dene Barrett Fry also fell and is buried at Beaumetz-Cross Roads Cemetery.

Plot VII. C. 2.

 

A supercargo officer on a merchant ship prior to enlistment, he embarked from Sydney with the 10th Reinforcements on board HMAT Ballarat (A70) on 6 September 1915. Fry was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal (L Cpl) in Early May 1916. L Cpl Fry was wounded in action on the 13 August and died from these wounds on 14 August 1916.

 

78 Private

Arthur James Adams

13th Field Ambulance.

(Formerly 3rd)

Australian Army Medical Corps,

09/08/1916, aged 28.

Son of G Adams, of Wolverton, Buckinghamshire, England.

Plot III. D. 2.

 

 A joiner prior to enlisting, he embarked from Brisbane

aboard HMAT Rangatira (A22) on 22 September 1914.

He died at the 13th Field Ambulance Hospital, France on

 9 August 1916, from wounds received in action, aged 28.

 

 

 

Captain

Walter Granlees Boys

25th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

05/08/1916, aged 26.

Son of William Isaac and Annie Boys, of March St.,

Maryborough, Queensland.

Native of Brisbane, Queensland.

Plot I. D. 19.

 

A master draper prior to enlistment, Lt Boys embarked

from Brisbane on HMAT Aeneas on 29th June 1916.

After promotion to Captain (Capt), he died of wounds received

in action on 5th August 1916

 

 

 

3917A Private

William Valentine Steele

49th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

05/04/1918

Plot VIII. F. 20.

 

This, the only known picture of William, shows him aged 10.

 

Pictures courtesy of Stuart Steele

 

 

 

 

 

 

2021 Lance Corporal

Ernest Walter Hayes

47th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

02/09/1916, aged 20.

Son of Ernest George and Kathleen Hayes, of Colonial Treasury, Sydney.

Plot IV. A. 5.

 

A university student prior to enlisting, he embarked from Melbourne aboard HMAT Ballarat (A70) on 9 August 1915. He died on 2 September 1916 at the 2/1st South Midlands Field Ambulance Station, Warloy, France, of wounds received in action, on 1 September 1916, aged 20.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1904 Lance Corporal

Jack Mortimer Clarke

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

29/07/1916, aged 22.

Son of George Thomas and Elizabeth J Clarke.

Plot VII. A. 27.

 

Of North Sydney, NSW. A clerk prior to enlisting, he embarked from Sydney aboard HMAT Runic (A54) on 9 August 1915. He died on 29 July 1916 at the 2/1st South Midlands Field Ambulance Station, Warloy, France, of wounds received in action, on 28 July 1916, aged 22.

 

 

 

 

 

 

814 Corporal

Joseph Roy Richards

7th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

20/08/1916, aged 21.

Son of Henry and Eva Richards, of High St., Eaglehawk, Victoria, Australia. Native of Beaconsfield, Tasmania.

Plot VII. D. 10.

 

He enlisted in the 1st AIF in 1914, serving in the 7th Battalion. A sailor prior to enlistment, he embarked on 19 October 1914 aboard HMAT Hororata (A20). He was later promoted to the rank of Corporal. He died of wounds on 20 August 1916.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4827 Private

William Joseph Langrish

13th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

02/09/1916, aged 23.

Son of William Joseph and Ellen Langrish. Native of Newtown, New South Wales.

Plot II. A. 17.

 

From Newtown, Sydney, NSW. A marine fireman prior to enlisting, he embarked from Sydney aboard HMAT Star of England (A15) on 8 March 1916. He died on 2 September 1916 at the 2/1st South Midland Casualty Clearing Station, Warloy, France, of wounds received in action, on 29 August 1916, aged 23.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2791 Private

William James Mason

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

26/07/1916, aged 25.

Son of James and Annie Mason, of Queen Victoria St., West Kozarah, New South Wales. Native of Sydney.

Plot V. B. 33.

 

Of Surry Hills, Sydney, NSW. A labourer prior to enlisting, he embarked from Sydney aboard the HMAT Euripides (A14) on 2 November 1915. He was wounded in action at Pozieres, France and died of his wounds on 26 July 1916, aged 25.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2949 Private

Cyril Ferdinand Ryan

12th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

24/07/1916, aged 19.

Son of William Patrick and Rose Ryan, of Blessington, Tasmania.

Plot V. E. 30.

 

A labourer of Blessington, Tas, he enlisted on 27 July 1915 and sailed with the 9th Reinforcements aboard HMAT Hororata on 27 September 1915. He died of wounds, aged 19, on 24 July 1916.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lieutenant

Cecil Stanley Oliver

2nd Coy. Australian Machine Gun Corps

31/07/1916, aged 23.

Son of Arthur George and Grace Oliver, of "Graceburn," Wattle Tree Rd., E. Malvern, Victoria, Australia. Native of Melbourne, Victoria.

Plot I. D. 13.

 

From Oakleigh, Victoria. A 21 year old builder prior to enlisting on 19 August 1914, he embarked for overseas as a Private with the 6th Battalion Machine Gun Section from Melbourne on 19 October 1914 aboard HMAT Hororata. He was promoted through the ranks from Lance Corporal to Sergeant and then to Second Lieutenant on 6 September 1915 and to Lt on 14 July 1916. After serving at Gallipoli, he went on to serve on the Western Front where he was wounded in action on 27 July 1916 near Pozieres, France. Lt Oliver died of wounds on 31 July 1916.

 

 

 

 

The cemetery in the 1920's

 

 

 

 

Captain

Frederick Henry Ward

23rd Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

02/08/1916, aged 22.

Son of Edwin and Hannah Ward, of Mitchell St., Kyneton, Victoria, Australia.

Plot I. D. 16.

 

From Kyneton, Victoria. A 21 year old bank clerk prior to enlisting on 1 May 1915, he embarked for overseas with C Company from Melbourne on 10 May 1915 aboard HMAT Euripides. After serving with the 23rd Battalion at Gallipoli, he deployed with them to France where he was wounded in action at Pozieres, dying of his wounds on 2 August 1916.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2479 Private

James Bellett

21st Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

26/08/1916, aged 24.

Son of Ernest and Rose Bellett, of Dandenong, Victoria, Australia. Native of Camberwell, Victoria.

Plot V. E. 10.

 

A labourer, of Dandenong, Victoria who enlisted in the 21st Battalion on 10 July 1915. He embarked on RMS Osterley on 29 September 1915 for Suez until the Battalion embarked on 19 March 1916 for France and the Western Front. Pte Bellett was wounded in action on 26 August 1916 during the Battle for Mouquet Farm and died later that day in No 1 Casualty Clearing Station located near Warloy-Baillon. He was aged 24 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4087 Private

John Thomas Warren

47th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

10/08/1916

Plot VII. B. 20.

 

Of Hobart, Tas. Pte Warren enlisted on 30 August 1915 and embarked from Sydney aboard HMAT Suffolk on 30 November 1915. He died of wounds on 10 August 1916 in France, whilst serving with the 47th Battalion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3803 Private

Joseph Clement Earls

50th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

15/08/1916, aged 27.

Plot VII. C. 23.

 

A telegraph linesman from Callington, South Australia, prior to enlistment, he embarked with the 9th Reinforcements from Adelaide on 7 February 1916 aboard HMAT Miltiades for Suez. In early April he was transferred to the 50th Battalion which relocated to the Western Front by mid-June 1916. Pte Earls was wounded in action near Albert on 15 August 1916, died of these wounds later that day.

 

 

 

 

 

1991 Private

Reginald William Albert Plumb

5th Bde. Australian Machine Gun Corps

31/07/1916, aged 19.

Son of William Edward Joseph and Elizabeth Plumb, of "Clareville," Lawson, New South Wales. Native of Junee, New South Wales.

Plot V. A. 6.

 

Of Lawson, NSW, wearing the badge which denotes that he is a qualified signaller. Pte Plumb enlisted on 11 May 1915 and embarked aboard HMAT Runic in Sydney on 9 August 1915. On 31 July 1915 he died of wounds at Contalmaison, in the Pozieres area in France, whilst a member of the 5th Australian Machine Gun Company.

Note he is holding a signal flag.

 

 

 

 

 

3703 Private

Samuel Verg Barratt

15th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

11/08/1916, aged 35.

Plot VII. B. 24.

 

Of Townsville, Qld. A miner prior to enlisting on 20 September 1915, Pte Barratt embarked from Sydney, NSW, aboard HMAT Suffolk on 30 November 1915. On 11 August 1916 he died, aged 35, of wounds received at Pozieres, France, three days earlier.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Captain

Stewart Murray Hansen, MC.

14th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

07/02/1917, aged 24.

Son of John G. and Agnes C. Hansen, of 72, Pasco St., Williamstown, Victoria, Australia.

Plot VIII. D. 28.

 

From Williamstown, Victoria. A 22 year old architect prior to enlistment on 1 October 1914, he embarked for overseas as a Sergeant with H Company from Melbourne on 22 December 1914 aboard HMAT Ulysses. He was appointed a Second Lieutenant on 27 May 1915, a Lieutenant on 20 January 1916 and a Captain on 1 March 1916. Capt Stewart was awarded a Military Cross (MC) of his initiative and gallantry on 26/27 August 1916 at Mouquet Farm, France and was then wounded in action at Gueudecourt, France on 5 February 1917. He died of those wounds on 7 February 1917.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1704 Driver

Victoria (Victor) Albert Keast

3rd Field Artillery Bde. Australian Field Artillery

22/08/1916, aged 22.

Son of John Jeremiah and Mary Ann Keast, of Longland St., East Brisbane, Queensland.

Plot VII. D. 47.

 

Of Brisbane, Qld. Son of John Jeremiah and Mary Ann Keast. A moulder prior to enlisting he embarked from Brisbane aboard HMAT Rangatira (A22) on 25 September 1914. He died in France on 22 August 1916 of wounds received in action, aged 22.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lieutenant

Victor Gillard Dridan

50th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

16/08/1916, aged 21.

Son of Josiah John and Susan Emma Dridan, of "Giltor," Crystal Brook, South Australia.

Plot III. D. 3.

 

From Mitcham, South Australia. A 20 year old clerk prior to being appointed a Second Lieutenant on 15 September 1915, he embarked for overseas with the 11th Reinforcements of the 10th Battalion from Adelaide on 27 October 1915 aboard HMAT Benalla. After arriving in Egypt, he transferred to the 50th Battalion and was promoted to Lieutenant. Two months after arriving in France, he was wounded in action on 15 August 1916 and died from his wounds the next day.

 

 

 

 

620 Private

Walter Rae McKenzie

15th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

12/08/1916, aged 25.

Son of John and Emily McKenzie, of Windsor Rd., Northmead, New South Wales. Native of Petone, New Zealand.

Plot VII. C. 1.

 

Also known as William Ray McKenzie, 15th Battalion of Parramatta North, NSW. A labourer prior to enlisting, he embarked from Brisbane in April 1915. He died at the 13th Australian Field Ambulance Station, France on 12 August 1916, aged 22 from wounds received in action near Warloy, France on 9 August 1916.

 

 

 

 

 

3901 Private

Robert Walton

47th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

13/08/1916, aged 21.

Son of John and Elizabeth Walton, of Walker St., Maryborough, Queensland.

Plot VII. B. 43.

 

An engine cleaner prior to enlisting, he embarked from Sydney aboard HMAT Suffolk (A23) on 30 November 1915. He was wounded in action in France and died of wounds on 13 August 1916, in France aged 21.

 

 

 

 

801 Private

Herbert Sydney Arter

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

27/07/1916, aged 23.

Son of Joseph H. and the late Hannah Kate Arter. Native of Sydney, New South Wales.

Plot V. B. 34.

 

Of Marrickville, NSW. Son of Joseph H and Hannah Kate Arter of Dulwich Hill, NSW. A labourer prior to enlisting, he embarked from Melbourne aboard HMAT Ceramic (A40) on 25 June 1915. He died of wounds on 27 July 1916 in France, aged 23.

 

 

Major

Terence Ward Garling

37th Bty. 10th Field Artillery Bde.

Australian Field Artillery

05/04/1918, aged 24.

Son of William Mylam Nicholas and Marie Garling of Angledene, Burns Bay Rd., Longueville, Sydney, New South Wales.

Plot VIII. F. 21.

 

Prior to his enlistment in the AIF on 20 August 1914, he served with the 44th Battery, Australian Field Artillery. 2nd Lt Garling embarked from Sydney aboard HMAT Argyllshire on 18 October 1914. He later served with the 10th Field Artillery Brigade (FAB) as a major. He died of wounds at Millencourt, France, on 5 April 1918 aged 24.

 

Pictured from the left, a 1918 portrait of Terence Garling in London,shortly before he returned to France prior to his death. The original grave of Terence Garling and his headstone.

 

 

 

1861 Private

John Fox

4th Australian Pioneers

05/04/1918, aged 32.

Son of Samuel and Rachel Fox. Native of Sydney, New South Wales.

Plot VIII. F. 24.

 

John Fox enlisted in Toowoomba Queensland Australia on 29 December 1915

 

Picture courtesy of great-great niece, Vicki-Anne Rub

 

 

 

August 1916 - The bodies of nine Australian soldiers wrapped in Hessian, laid out in the bottom of a mass grave at Warloy.