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. A native of Canada, he was gazetted for the award on August 17, 1945 for his actions as a squadron leader in the No. 635 Squadron Royal Air Force (RAF) No. 8 (Pathfinder Force) Group on August 4, 1944, in the sky near Trossy St. Maximin, France during World War II. Born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, his family moved to Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1923 where he received his primary education. In 1927 he moved with his family to New Malden, England where he...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Senantes Churchyard, Senantes, Departement de l'Oise, Picardie, France
Beatham, 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, PVT. 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, Jean b. March 15, 1890 d. August 10, 1918 World War I 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 posthumously 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 and...[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, 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, Corp. 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.
Butterworth, George Sainton Kaye [cenotaph] b. July 12, 1885 d. August 5, 1916 Composer, Musicologist. He was a key figure of England's Folk Revival of the early 1900s, and his music was inspired by the sights and sounds of the English countryside. He is best known for his haunting vocal settings of A.E. Houseman's poetry, "Six Songs from 'A Shropshire Lad'" (1911) and "Bredon Hill and Other Songs" (1912), and for the exquisite orchestral miniature "Banks of Green Willow" (1913). Butterworth was born in London into a prosperous family, and raised in Yorkshire. He attended...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Thiepval Memorial, Thiepval, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France Plot: Panel Number: Pier and Face 14A and 15C
Cassatt, Mary Stevenson b. May 22, 1844 d. June 14, 1926 Artist. Born in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania (now Pittsburgh) and raised in Philadelphia, she was the fifth child of a wealthy upper class family. Aspiring to be a professional artist, she enrolled in the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts when she was 16. After becoming frustrated with the patronizing attitudes of the male teachers at the Academy she decided to move to Europe and study the works of the Old Masters on her own. She left for Paris in 1866 and in 1868 one of her portraits was...[Read More] (Bio by: Anonymous) Le Mesnil Theribus Cimetière, Le Mesnil-Theribus, Departement de l'Oise, Picardie, France
Castleton, Claude Charles b. April 12, 1893 d. July 29, 1916 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Seeking travel and adventure, he migrated to Australia, to tour the country. With the outbreak of World War I, he enlisted in the Army and served as a Sergeant in the 5th Machine Gun Company, 18th Battalion, Australian Machine Gun Corps. On July 29, 1916, during a night attack on enemy trenches at Pozières, France, the infantry was driven back and held down by intense enemy machine gun fire. Many wounded men were left lying in the open of no man's land. On...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Pozieres British Cemetery, Pozieres, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France Plot: IV.L.43.