Australian Executed WWI

Over 300 UK soldiers, 25 Canadian and 5 New Zealand soldiers were sentenced to death and executed by courts-martial during the First World War. While Australian citizens serving in the Australian Army were sentenced to death, they all had their death sentences commuted. However, there were two Australians serving in the New Zealand Army and… Continue reading Australian Executed WWI

UK Executed WWI

Over 300 ( approximately 10% of soldiers sentenced to death) British soldiers were executed for capital offences during the First World War. I have looked at the cases of executed soldiers from the Corps of Royal Engineers and the Middlesex Regiment. The courts-martial proceedings for these soldiers are available at The National Archives, Kew, London.… Continue reading UK Executed WWI

NZ Executed WWI

While just over 300 British soldiers were executed for capital offences during the First World War, 5 New Zealand soldiers were executed: four for desertion and one for mutiny. THE COURTS MARTIAL SYSTEM AUSTRALIAN SOLDIERS EXECUTED 1914-1918 CANADIAN SOLDIERS EXECUTED 1914-1918 UK SOLDIERS EXECUTED 1914-1918 The service papers for New Zealand soldiers can be view… Continue reading NZ Executed WWI

Bourne End War Mem.

Bourne End is a village in Hertfordshire, situated between Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead. There was a rail disaster at Bourne End on 30 September 1945 when an overnight sleeper train from Scotland to London Euston was derailed causing 43 deaths and 64 injuries. Bourne End’s name comes from the Bourne Gutter which flows into the… Continue reading Bourne End War Mem.

St. Mary’s Apsley

St. Mary’s Apsley End Church (Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire) is another example of a local church with war grave headstones in the churchyard. THE FIRST WOLRD WAR G/48463 Private Ernest Finch was a member of the 23rd Labour Company, The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment. The 1911 Census provides the following information about Ernest Finch: Born… Continue reading St. Mary’s Apsley

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Ypres (Menin Gate)

The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial is situated at the eastern end of Ieper on the road to Menin (Menen) and Courtrai (Kortrijk). The memorial was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield, with sculpture by Sir William Reid-Dick. The site of the former east gate was chosen, as the thousands of troops matching towards the Ypres battlefields… Continue reading Ypres (Menin Gate)

Lody’s Last Letters

Before his execution on 6 November 1914, Carl Lody wrote two letters. They are reproduced below. To: C.O 3rd Battalion Grenadier GuardsLondon, Nov. 5th 1914. Tower of London To the Commanding Officer of the 3rd Battalion Gren. Guards. Wellington Barracks Sir I feel it my duty as a German officer to express my sincere thanks… Continue reading Lody’s Last Letters

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Essex Farm Cemetery

Essex Farm Cemetery was established as a dressing station cemetery from April 1915 to August 1917. The burials were made without definite plan and some of the divisions which occupied this sector may be traced in almost every part of the cemetery, but the 49th (West Riding) Division buried their dead of 1915 in Plot… Continue reading Essex Farm Cemetery

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Menin Rd South Cem.

The Menin Road ran east and a little south from Ieper to a front line which varied only a few kilometres during the greater part of the war. The position of this cemetery was always within the Allied lines. It was first used in January 1916 by the 8th South Staffords and the 9th East… Continue reading Menin Rd South Cem.

Ypres Town Cemeteries

There are two cemeteries contain war graves, adjacent to each other, 1 Km east of Ieper town centre: Ypres Town Cemetery and Ypres Town Cemetery Extension. YPRES TOWN CEMETERY Ypres Town Cemetery was used from October 1914 to May 1915 and once in 1918. The cemetery contains 145 First World War graves, grouped among the… Continue reading Ypres Town Cemeteries