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Chocques was occupied by Commonwealth forces from the late autumn of 1914 to the end of the war. The village was at one time the headquarters of I Corps and from January 1915 to April 1918, No.1 Casualty Clearing Station was posted there. Most of the burials from this period are of casualties who died at the clearing station from wounds received at the Bethune front. From April to September 1918, during the German advance on this front, the burials were carried out by field ambulances, divisions and fighting units. The big collective grave in VI A contains the remains of 29 soldiers of the 4th King's Liverpool Regiment killed in a troop train in April 1918. After the war, the cemetery was expanded by bringing in graves from surrounding areas. The cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

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2 images Met the caretaker 'Jacques' during my visit today. He showed me the grave of VC recipient, A.B. Turner, who's buried next to Rutland's LTC Stansfield.
By John Stokes on Sunday 12th February '17 at 4:47pm
A Rutlander, living in Belgium
Noticed this grave of Private F.Tilley, who died just 15-years old.
By John Stokes on Sunday 12th February '17 at 4:50pm
A Rutlander, living in Belgium
2 images With the help of the Cemetery caretaker 'Jacques', found this headstone of renowned Welsh Rugby player, Capt. C.M. Pritchard. Wikipedia has this entry : Charles Meyrick Pritchard (30 September 1882 – 14 August 1916) was a Welsh international rugby union player. He was a member of the winning Welsh team who beat the 1905 touring All Blacks. He played club rugby for Newport RFC and county rugby for Monmouthshire. Pritchard was one of 13 Wales international players to be killed serving in the First World War. (Picture also sourced from Wikipedia)
By John Stokes on Sunday 12th February '17 at 4:53pm
A Rutlander, living in Belgium
 

Rutland and The Battle of the Somme

More than 90 Rutland soldiers died in the Battle of the Somme which lasted from 1 July 1916 until the middle of November. Today they lie in cemeteries across the old battlefield in northern France or are remembered among the 72,000 names on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. By using our interactive map, you can find out what happened to them.
Albert Page of Uppingham answered Lord Kitchener’s call & enlisted in November 1914, aged 21. He served at Vimy & l… https://t.co/zU7biTi9rU 8:27 PM Sep 15th

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