EUSTON ROAD CEMETERY

Colincamps

Somme

France

 

General Directions: Colincamps is a village 11 kilometres north of Albert. From Arras take the D919 in the direction of Amiens for 28 kilometres. The cemetery is situated about 1 kilometre from the D919 on the right hand side of the road. Pass Serre Road Cemetery No 2 and continue for 2 kilometres. Take the first right, and the CWGC direction sign to Euston Road Cemetery will be seen at the next Y junction. 

Colincamps and "Euston", a road junction a little east of the village, were within the Allied lines before the Somme offensive of July 1916. The cemetery was started as a front line burial ground during and after the unsuccessful attack on Serre on 1 July, but after the German withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line in March 1917 it was scarcely used. It was briefly in German hands towards the end of March 1918, when it marked the limit of the German advance, but the line was held and pushed forward by the New Zealand Division allowing the cemetery to be used again for burials in April and May 1918.

The cemetery is particularly associated with three dates and engagements; the attack on Serre on 1 July 1916; the capture of Beaumont-Hamel on 13 November 1916; and the German attack on the 3rd New Zealand (Rifle) Brigade trenches before Colincamps on 5 April 1918.

The whole of Plot I, except five graves in the last row, represents the original cemetery of 501 graves. After the Armistice, more than 750 graves were brought in from small cemeteries in the neighbouring communes and the battlefields.

The cemetery now contains 1,293 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War. 170 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to 32 casualties known or believed to be buried among them, and to two soldiers whose graves in nearby small cemeteries were destroyed in later battles.

Colincamps was adopted by the County Borough of Burnley after the war.

The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.

 

Casualty Details: UK 960. Canada 4, Australia 26, New Zealand 302, India 1, Total Burials: 1293

12/661 Private

Sam Halkyard

12th Bn. King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

01/07/1916, aged 33.

 

Son of Elizabeth Halkyard, of I, Rochdale Rd., Royton, Oldham, and the late William Halkyard.

Plot I. B. 6.

Picture courtesy of Christine Hobson, his granddaughter

 

54015 Private

Alfred William Cropp

1st Bn. Otago Regiment,

N. Z. E. F.

27/04/1918, aged 28.

 

Son of Benjamin and Sarah J. Cropp, New Zealand. Native of Wai-iti, Nelson, New Zealand.

Plot I. J. 1.

 

Picture courtesy of Maree McNabb, great niece of this soldier

 

23/283 Rifleman

Leonard Ernest Small

1st Bn. 3rd New Zealand Rifle Brigade

28/03/1918, aged 25.

 

Son of Mrs. K. Small, of 14, Western Springs Rd., Morningside, Auckland, New Zealand.

Special Memorial B. 15.

Picture courtesy of great niece, Tracey Langmuir

 

49849 Private

Charles Christian Siegel

1st Bn. Wellington Regiment

N. Z. E. F.

30/03/1918

 

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Christian Siegel, of Halcombe, Oroua, New Zealand.

Plot II. E. 10.

 

Picture courtesy of Jo-Anne Siegel, great niece

 

Second Lieutenant

Albert Charles Fricker

10th Bn. East Yorkshire Regiment (Hull Pals)

27/02/1917, aged 23.

Son of Albert Edwin and Mary Ann Fricker of Close Cottage, Rodbourne Cheney, Swindon. BSc London University.

Plot III. L. 2.

 

A short extract of the Battalion war diary dated 27th of February 1917 

A Company moved forward into their new position in SUNKEN ROAD.  They met a strong bombing attack from enemy patrols which drove them back to a new position in GERMAN LANE.  B Company were then ordered to move up GERMAN LANE to take up the position on SUNKEN ROAD formerly allotted to A Company and to lead the attack on BERGGRABEN at 6:30 am.  C Company were ordered to support them on the right and A Coy on the left.  D Coy were kept in reserve in NAMELESS TRENCH.   The two Stokes Guns were sent in support of B Company. B Company met with strong resistance, but approximately took up the positions ordered.  AT 6:30 am they advanced down trenches leading to BERGGRABEN but were unable to reach the final objective on account of machine guns in the South East corner of ROSSIGNOL WOOD and the neighbourhood of BERGGRABEN, and artillery barrage, sniping and bombing attacks.  Capt S E Jones* and Second Lieutenant Fricker were killed near the SUNKEN ROAD.  Second Lieutenant Mills took over command of the company and reorganised them forming strong posts in DUGOUT LANE where it crosses the SUNKEN ROAD and the communication trenches which lead east of DUGOUT LANE.  The 19th Division on our right and the 93rd Brigade on our left did not reach their objectives and appeared to be slightly driven back.  A, B and C Company were ordered to withdraw down DUGOUT LANE and take up defensive positions along that trench, GERMAN LANE and the trench joining NAMELESS TRENCH to DUGOUT LANE.  Officer’s patrols were sent out to gain contact with the 19th Division on the right and the 93rd Brigade on the left. 

*Capt Jones was later discovered to have been taken prisoner of war.

This soldiers death is recorded in the book “Hull Pals” by David Bilton and in “The Trench” also by David Bilton.

Picture and information courtesy of Chris Smith

The above image shows the regimental arms of the East Lancashire Regiment

15711 Private

Herbert Clayton

11th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment

Between 01/07/1916 & 02/07/1916,

aged 24.

 

Husband of Sophia Clayton, of 78, Westgate, Burnley. A Weaver in civilian life.

Plot I. A 42.

15151 Private

James Walsh

11th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment

Between 01/07/1916 & 02/07/1916,

aged 29.

 

Born Accrington and a Moulder in civilian life. Resided at 10 Hindle Street, Accrington.

Plot I. A. 43.

6198 Private

Leonard Cottam

1st/5th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment

19/06/1918, aged 21.

 

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Cottam, of 49, Job St., Burnley. Worked at Towneley Colliery prior to enlisting.

Plot V. E. 7.

17868 Private

Richard Henry Mundy

11th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment

02/07/1916, aged 21.

 

Born Clayton-le-Moors, Accrington. A Railway Porter prior to enlisting.

Plot I. B. 32.

15173 Corporal

Richard Ormerod

11th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment

Between 01/07/1916 & 02/07/1916,

 aged 23.

 

Son of Richard Ormerod, of Ramsgreave, Blackburn. A Clerk in civilian life.

Plot I. A. 24.

 

24417 Private

Robert Briggs

11th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment

02/07/1916, aged 25.

 

Born Brierfield, nr. Burnley. A Pupil Architect in civilian life.

Plot I. D. 8.

15254 Corporal

Samuel Smith

11th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment

Between 01/07/1916 & 02/07/1916,

aged 25.

 

Born Rishton, Blackburn. An Engineer by trade.

Plot I. D. 7.

15399 Private

Thomas Atkinson

"W" Coy. 11th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment

01/07/1916, aged 20.

 

Son of James and Ellen Atkinson, of 23, Charter St., Accrington. An Engineer by trade.

Special Memorial A. 1.

Second Lieutenant

Wilfrid Arthur Kohn

11th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment

01/07/1916, aged 22.

 

Born London, the only son of Arthur and Rosie Kohn, of 79, Queen's Gate, South Kensington, London.

Plot I. D. 13.

Many of the men commemorated on this page were members of the 11th (Service) Bn. East Lancashire Regiment. Below are the coats of arms of the main towns involved in recruiting for the battalion. Clockwise from top left:

Burnley, Blackburn, Chorley, Accrington.

15956 Corporal

William Clarkson

11th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment

Between 01/07/1916 & 02/07/1916, aged 22.

 

An Overlooker in civilian life. Born and resided in Chorley. Son of Thomas and Ellen Clarkson.

Plot I. A. 14.

15908 Private

William Sharpe

11th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment

02/07/1916, aged 20.

 

Born Burnley, son of Mr. W. Sharpe, of 64, Helena St., Burnley. A Weaver in civilian life.

Plot I. D. 15.

15567 Private

Albert Halstead

11th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment

02/07/1916, aged 22.

 

 

Son of Alice Halstead, of 133, Barden Lane, Burnley, and the late Henry Halstead.

Plot I. D. 12.

 

15738 Private

Arthur Brunskill

11th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment

02/07/1916, aged 22.

 

Son of Mr. and Mrs. R. Brunskill, of 20, Princess St., Burnley, Lancs. A Weaver by trade.

Plot I. D. 5.

 

     

15855 Private

Harry Hardman

11th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment

02/07/1916

Plot I. A. 39.

 

 

15574 Lance Corporal

John Lockett

11th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment

Between 01/07/1916

and 02/07/1916, aged 28.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Lockett; husband of Mrs. M. J. Kelly (formerly Lockett), of 23, Duckett Terrace, Burnley, Lancs.

Plot I. B. 34.

 

Prior to enlisting he was a weaver at Messrs. Stansfield's George Street mill, Burnley.

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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