Ames Jr., Oliver d. July 28, 1918 United States Army Officer. A 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army during World War I, he served in the 165th United States Infantry Regiment, part of the 42nd Infantry Division. The 42nd or "Rainbow Division" was comprised entirely of National Guard units. The 165th Regiment was formerly known as "The Fighting 69th". Oliver Ames was the 1st Battalion Adjutant under Major "Wild Bill" Donovan. On July 29th, 1918, during the Battle Of The Ourcq River, he was killed by a German sniper who was...[Read More] (Bio by: Frank Russo) Oise-Aisne American Cemetery and Memorial, Fere-en-Tardenois, Departement de l'Aisne, Picardie, France Plot: Plot A Row 03 Grave 07
Anderson, William Herbert b. December 29, 1881 d. March 25, 1918 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in , he served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the 12th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry, British Army. On March 25, 1918, when the enemy attacked on the right of the battalion frontage and succeeded in penetrating the woods held by his men, Lieutenant Colonel made his way across the open in full view of the enemy. Reaching the men, he succeeded in gathering the remainder of the two right companies. He personally led the counter attack, drove the enemy...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Peronne Road Cemetery, Maricourt, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France Plot: II.G.36.
Andre-Michel, Rose-Marie b. November 5, 1893 d. March 29, 1918 Artist's Model. She was the niece, frequent traveling companion, and favourite subject of legendary portraitist John Singer Sargent. Raised in England by a well-off family, she began posing for her uncle's work at a young age as had her mother Violet before her. Left a widow after her husband scholar Robert Andre-Michel, with whom she had done research at the Vatican prior to World War I, was killed-in-action in 1914, she devoted the war years to work as a volunteer nurse at a hospital for...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Ferme du Meunier Noir, Crouy, Departement de l'Aisne, Picardie, France
Baring, Guy Victor b. February 26, 1873 d. September 15, 1916 British Army Officer and Politician. He became a Conservative member of the British Parliament but was one of 22 Members killed in action in the First World War. He was a member of the Baring family of Barings Bank, a younger son of Alexander Baring, 4th Baron Ashburton (1835–1889) and his wife the Hon. Leonora Caroline Digby. He was educated at Eton College and Sandhurst, and joined the Coldstream Guards in 1893. In 1899 Baring's unit was sent to fight in the South African War, and he was...[Read More] Citadel New Military Cemetery, Fricourt, Fricourt, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France Plot: II. A. 9.
Bazalgette, Ian Willoughby b. October 19, 1918 d. August 4, 1944 World War II Victoria Cross Recipient. On August 4, 1944, Squadron Leader Bazalgette was "Master bomber" of a Pathfinder Squadron detailed to mark an important target for the main bomber force. When nearing the target his Lancaster was seriously damaged and set on fire by anti-aircraft fire; the bomb aimer was badly wounded. As the deputy "Master bomber" had already been shot down, the success of the attack depended on Squadron Leader Bazalgette who despite appalling conditions in his burning...[Read More] Senantes Churchyard, Senantes, Departement de l'Oise, Picardie, France
Beatham, Pvt. Robert Matthew b. June 16, 1894 d. August 11, 1918 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Cumberland, England, he served as a Private in the 8th Battalion, Australian Imperial Forces, Australian Army. On August 9, 1918, at the Battle of Amiens, Private Beatham's battalion was part of the assault on German positions in Rosieres, France. When the advance was held up by heavy machine gun fire, Private Beatham with a comrade dashed forward on four enemy machine guns, killing ten and capturing ten others. When the final objective was reached...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Heath Cemetery, Harbonnieres, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France Plot: VII.J.13.
Bell, Donald Simpson b. December 3, 1890 d. July 10, 1916 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in he served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 9th Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment, British Army. On July 5, 1916, during a heavy attack at La Boiselle, Somme, France, a German machine gun opened up on 2nd Lieutenant Bell's company. Lieutenant Bell immediately on his own, crept up a communication trench followed by two of his men. He then rushed across the open under heavy fire, attacked the machine gun, shooting with his revolver, destroying gun and the...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Gordon Dump Cemetery, Ovillers-la-Boisselle, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France Plot: IV.A.8.
Bell, Eric Norman Frankland b. August 28, 1895 d. July 1, 1916 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Ireland, he served as a Captain in the 9th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, British Army. At Thiepval, France, on July 1, 1916, Captain Bell was in command of an advancing mortar team during the infantry attack, when the front line was hung up by enfilading machine-gun fire. Captain Bell crept forward, shot the machine-gunner and on three other occasions, he crept forward alone and threw trench-mortar bombs...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Thiepval Memorial, Thiepval, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France Plot: Pier and Face 4 D and 5 B.
Blackwell, Robert Lester b. October 4, 1895 d. October 11, 1918 World War I Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. Born in Person County, North Carolina, he served in the United States Army during World War I as a Private in Company K, 119th Infantry, 30th Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery near St. Souplet, France, on October 11, 1918. His citation reads "When his platoon was almost surrounded by the enemy and his platoon commander asked for volunteers to carry a message calling for reinforcements, Pvt. Blackwell volunteered for this...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Somme American Cemetery and Memorial, Bony, Departement de l'Aisne, Picardie, France Plot: D-20-2
Bradbury, Capt. Edward Kinder b. August 16, 1881 d. September 1, 1914 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Altrincham Cheshire, England he served as a Captain in command of L Battery, Royal Horse Artillery, British Army. In actions at Néry, France, September 1, 1914, during the retreat the German 4th Cavalry Division attacked the British 1st Cavalry Brigade. L Battery seeing the retreat, began to comence fire when most of his men and other officers were killed or knocked unconscious by a incoming shell. Captain Bradbury with an officer and another...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Nery Communal Cemetery, Nery, Departement de l'Oise, Picardie, France
Brillant, Lieut. Jean b. March 15, 1890 d. August 10, 1918 Canadian officer and Victoria Cross recipient. A native of Assametquaghan, near Rimouski (Québec), he joined the 22nd Battalion (now the Royal 22nd Regiment known also as the “Vandoos”)and was sent to France to fight with his unit. The highest military decoration was awarded posthumely to him for his actions on 8th/9th August, 1918 east of Maharicourt, near Amiens. An extract from "The London Gazette" No. 30922, dated September 27, 1918, recorded the following : "For most conspicuous bravery...[Read More] (Bio by: Guy Gagnon) Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Villers-Bretonneux, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France Plot: Section VIA., plot B. 20
Buchan, John Crawford b. April 10, 1893 d. April 9, 1918 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born on October 10, 1892, in Alloa, Scotland, he served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 7th Battalion, Royal Army Medical Corps, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. On March 22, 1918, in actions east of Marteville, France, 2nd Lieutenant Buchan's platoon was cut off in a forward position of the battle zone. Although wounded early in the day and under heavy fire, he insisted on remaining with his men. Later when the enemy practically surrounded his position, he...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Roisel Communal Cemetery Extension, Roisel, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France Plot: II. I. 6.
Buckingham, Pvt. William b. February, 1886 d. September 15, 1916 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Leicester, England, he served as a Private in the 1st Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment, British Army. During actions at Neuve-Chapelle, Franch, on March 10 to 15, 1915, Private Buckingham was wounded in the chest. Despite his injury, he rescued and rendered aid to other comrades wounded whilst exposed to heavy fire. For conspicuous acts of bravery and devotion to duty, he was awarded the Victoria Cross and was later killed in actions at Thiepval...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Thiepval Memorial, Thiepval, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France Plot: Thiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 2C and 3A (No Known Grave)
Buckley, Alexander Henry b. July 22, 1891 d. September 1, 1918 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in New South Wales, Australia, he served as a Corporal in the 54th Battalion, Australian Imperial Forces. On September 1, 1918, the 54th Battalion was ordered to take the ground between the River Somme and Péronne, France. Advancing toward the first trench line held by German machine guns, Corporal Buckley rushed the post, shooting four men and taking twenty-two prisoners. As the Germans retreated to the only remaining bridge into Péronne, Corporal...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension, Peronne, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France Plot: II.C.32.
Bushell, Christopher b. October 31, 1887 d. August 8, 1918 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Neston, Cheshire, hw served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the 7th Battalion, Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment, British Army. In actions at Tergnier, France, on March 23, 1918, Lieutenant Colonel Bushell personally led C Company of his battalion, with an Allied regiment in a counter-attack. In the course of this attack he was severely wounded in the head, but continued to carry on encouraging and re-organizing his men. He refused even to have his...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Querrieu British Cemetery, Querrieu, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France Plot: E.6.