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.
Cather, Lieut. Geoffrey St. George Shillington b. October 11, 1890 d. July 2, 1916 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in London, England, he served as a Lieutenant in the 14th Battalion, 9th Royal Irish Rifles, British Army. On night of July 1, 1916, near Hamel, France, after heavy fighting Lieutenant Cather searched for wounded in full view of the enemy. He brought in three wounded men, continued his search, brought in another wounded man and gave water to others. The next morning, he took out water to another man and was proceeding further on, when he was himself...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Thiepval Memorial, Thiepval, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France Plot: Thiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 15A (No Known Grave)
Coincy, Gautier de b. 1177 d. September 25, 1236 Poet, Composer, Cleric. His masterpiece, the two-volume "Miracles de Nostre-Dame" ("Miracles of Our Lady", 1222 and 1233), is a major work of Medieval French literature and music. A mammoth verse narrative of over 30,000 lines, it chronicles miracles attributed to the Virgin Mary interspersed with songs and prayers. Coincy wrote it in French rather than Latin and his poetry abounds with virtuosic displays of puns, spoonerisms, anagrams, even double-entendres. The musical element constitutes the...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Abbey of Saint-Médard de Soissons (Defunct), Soissons, Departement de l'Aisne, Picardie, France
Collings-Wells, LTC. John Stanhope b. July 19, 1880 d. March 27, 1918 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Manchester, England, he served as a Lieutenant Colonel in command of the 4th Bedfordshire Regiment, British Army. On March 27, 1918, during a withdrawal of his battalion at Albert France, Lieutenant Colonel Collings-Wells called for volunteers to remain behind and hold up the enemy while the main body of the battalion retreated. With his small body of volunteers he held off the advancing enemy for over one and a half hours. Later when his battalion...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Bouzincourt Ridge Cemetery, Bouzincourt, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France Plot: III.E.12.
Compere, Loyset b. 1445 d. August 16, 1518 Composer. A leading French figure of the middle-Renaissance period. With his "Missa Allez regrets" (c. 1480) he pioneered the so-called Parody Mass, the most influential form of sacred music during the 16th Century. Composers of the genre adapted the Mass text to pre-existing melodies, though not as a "spoof" as the name suggests. The tunes were usually taken from secular (sometimes bawdy) songs, then quoted and varied at will; the best examples imbued the music with a spirituality not found...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Basilique of Saint Quentin, Saint-Quentin, Departement de l'Aisne, Picardie, France
Cooke, Thomas b. July 5, 1881 d. July 25, 1916 Victoria Cross recipient. Cooke was born and educated at Kaikoura, New Zealand. He later moved to Wellington where he married Maud Elizabeth Elliott on June 4, 1902. He was a carpenter who was an excellent cornet player and member of the Wellington Garrison Band. In 1912, he migrated to Melbourne, Australia with his wife and three children. He was living in Richmond. a Melbourne inner suburb, and working as a builder when he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on February 16, 1915. He was...[Read More] (Bio by: Anthony Staunton) Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France Plot: No known grave; name is listed on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial
d'Argenlieu, Georges Thierry b. August 7, 1889 d. September 7, 1964 French admiral and religious figure. In religion: Father Louis de la Trinité. Companion of the Liberation. A native of Brest, in Britanny, he studied first at the Stanislas College in Paris, then at the Saint-Charles College in Saint-Brieuc. He wad admitted to the “École Navale” in October 1906. As a 1st class ensign in 1911, he served aboard the cruiser “Du Chayla” in 1912 and 1913 and took part in the Morocco campaign, re-establishing order in the area of Mogador. He was awarded the Legion of...[Read More] (Bio by: Guy Gagnon) Avrechy-d'Argenlieu Church, Avrechy, Departement de l'Oise, Picardie, France