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.
Cates, George Edward b. May 8, 1892 d. March 8, 1917 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in London, England, he served as a Second Lieutenant in the 1st Scots Guards, 1st Scots Guards, British Army. On March 8, 1917 at Bouchavesnes, France, When engaged with some other men in deepening a captured enemy trench, Second Lieutenant Gates struck with his spade a buried bomb, which immediately started to burn. Second Lieutenant Gates in order to save the lives of his comrades, placed his foot on the bomb, which exploded and took his life. For...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Hem Farm Military Cemetery, Hem-Monacu, Hem-Monacu, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France Plot: I.G.15.
Cather, 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
Colley, Harold John b. May 26, 1894 d. August 25, 1918 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Smethwick, England, he served as a Sergeant in the 10th Battalion, Lancashire Fusilliers, British Army. On August 25, 1918, at Martinpuich, France, during a German counter-attack Sergeant Colley's company was holding an advanced position. The forward platoons were ordered to hold on at all costs and Sergeant Colley without orders went to help the forward two platoons. He rallied the men, then formed a defensive flank and held it. Although out of the...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Mailly Wood Cemetery, Mailly-Maillet, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France Plot: II.Q.4.
Collings-Wells, 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.
Columbine, Herbert George b. November 28, 1893 d. March 22, 1918 World War I British Victoria Cross Recipient. The son of a British Army veteran who was killed in the Boer War, he served in the British Army during World War I as a Private in the 9th Squadron, Machine Gun Corps, British 5th Army. He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery on March 22, 1918 in the woods outside of Hervilly, France. His citation reads "Private Columbine took over command of a gun and kept firing it from 9am to 1pm in an isolated position with no wire in...[Read More] Pozieres Memorial, Pozieres, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France Plot: Panel 93 and 94 (No Known Grave)
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
Congreve, William La Touche b. March 12, 1891 d. July 20, 1916 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. He received the award for his actions at Longueval, France from July 6 through 20, 1916. Nicknamed Billy, he was the son of General Sir Walter Norris Congreve, who was also a Victoria Cross Recipient from the 2nd Boer War. He received his education at Summer Fields School in North Oxford, Oxfordshire, England and at Eton College in Eton, Berkshire, England. Following the outbreak of World War I in July 1914 he served in The Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Corbie Communal Cemetery Extension, Corbie, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France Plot: Plot 1. Row F. Grave 35.
Cooke, Thomas b. July 5, 1881 d. July 25, 1916 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. He 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...[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
Croak, John Bernard b. May 18, 1892 d. August 8, 1918 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. He received the award for his actions at Amiens, France on August 8, 1918, for which he was wounded and died there as a result at the age of 26. Born in Little Bay, Newfoundland, Canada, and moved to Nova Scotia at the age of two. He worked as a coal miner prior to joining the Canadian Army in August 1915 during World War I and served as a private in the 13th Battalion (Royal Highlanders of Canada) in the Canadian Expeditionary Force that was sent to France...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Hangard Wood British Cemetery, Hangard, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France Plot: I.A.9.
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
De Wind, Edmund b. December 11, 1883 d. March 21, 1918 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Although born and educated in his native Ireland, he was residing in Canada when World War I broke out. He enlisted as a Private in the The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada regiment, and served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force from 1914 to 1917, seeing action in a number of engagements, including the 1916 First Battle of the Somme. In September 1917 he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the British Army, and was assigned to 15th Battalion, The Royal Irish...[Read More] Pozieres Memorial, Pozieres, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France Plot: Panel 74 to 76 (No known Grave)
Dumas, Thomas-Alexandre b. March 25, 1762 d. February 26, 1806 French Army General. Father of Alexandre Dumas (père) and grandfather of Alexandre Dumas (fils). The son of Alexandre-Antoine Davy de la Pailleterie and a Haitian slave, he enlisted in the French army in 1786 under the name Thomas-Alexandre Dumas. In 1789 his regiment was sent to Villers-Cotterêts, where he met Marie-Louise Labouret; they married in 1792. Dumas showed tremendous courage as a soldier during the French Revolution and he was made a general at age 31, though his outspokeness...[Read More] (Bio by: Shalom, Rivka) Communal Cemetery of Villers-Cotterêts, Villers-Cotterets, Departement de l'Aisne, Picardie, France
Farrar, Ernest b. July 7, 1885 d. September 18, 1918 Composer. Like many British musicians of his generation he drew inspiration from folk sources, though in form and color his music has a closer affinity with the French school. His best works include "Vagabond Songs" (1910), the tone poem "The Forsaken Merman" (1914), and the lovely symphonic suite "English Pastoral Impressions" (1915). In 1915 Farrar was called up for World War I military service and spent three years as an officer on the Western Front. He was granted leave in the Summer of...[Read More] (Bio by: Robert Edwards) Ronssoy Communal Cemetery, Ronssoy, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France