British Field Graves of the men who were Buried close to where they fell in 1940

Discussion in '1940' started by morrisc8, Jan 30, 2016.

  1. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    british KIA next to carrier close up 1.jpg british KIA next to carrier back of photo   jpg.jpg british kia 1940.jpg burnt out bedford kia.jpg kia with morris close up .jpg kia with morris back of photo.jpg Some photos from my collection of British Field Graves, of the men who were Buried close to where they fell in 1940.
    Keith
     
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  2. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    british kia 1940.photo jpg.jpg british kia 1940. photo 2.jpg british kia 1940. photo 3 .jpg british kia 1940. photo 4 .jpg A few more. Who would have looked after them . The local people in that area ?.
    Field gun photo taken near Abbeville.
    Any one have any more photos to add.
     
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  3. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Thanks for sharing Keith - shame none of them are identifiable.

    I've seen pictures of local families looking after BEF graves. In some cases the Germans ordered bodies to be moved as they were becoming shrines for the local populous to visit which was bad for German morale I believe.
     
  4. lionboxer

    lionboxer Member Patron

    This is in contrast to those battlefield burials in the Burma Campaign. Within a few weeks the graves were lost to the jungle despite map references being reported. They still lay there.
    Lionboxer
     
  5. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    I'm glad to see that you bought the picture of the carrier in the farmyard, Keith. It looks as if there was quite a scrap there and I can't help feeling that the location might turn up. I couldn't read the Sütterlin on the reverse.

    This is a nice identifiable image although the locals mis-read his name. Fortunately, the service number was correct and Cyril Todd is not a 'known unto God' although the CWGC register might imply that his body was not found until the September of 1940.

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    http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2280212/TODD,%20CYRIL%20SYDNEY

    https://twgpp.org/information.php?id=2724002

    I'm sure that Andy will be able to tell us what 5th East Kents were doing near Mondicourt. He was in 'A' Company


    http://ww2talk.com/forums/topic/23026-5th-battalion-the-buffs-nominal-roll-april-1940/
     
  6. idler

    idler GeneralList

    'English graves in something-ghem'?
     
  7. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    british kia 1940. photo 5 .jpg british KIA next to carrier close up.jpg British KIA Norway 2 Narvik.jpg British KIA Norway.jpg Some more from my collection, the last two are in Norway. Narvik.
    I would think most Field graves are gone now, so its important to show the photos and how they were looked after.

    Keith
     
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  8. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    That photo in post no 2 of the crosses in the field (I realise it could be anywhere) reminded me of this description from the CWGC

    Kyle
     
  9. JERICHO

    JERICHO Junior Member

    Hi all,

    Monts Caubert area near Abbeville
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    the same picture
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    Abbeville area
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    Thilliers
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    In France
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    Best regards
     
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  10. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    BEF 1940 British kia.jpg kia bef 1940 Edward Barlow.jpg Came in the post .On the cross it has Edward Barlow ? and a Hay on the other.
    Keith
     
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  11. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

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  12. BrianM59

    BrianM59 Senior Member

    Very interesting photos, thanks everyone for posting. When I was doing my research about the defence of the Seine in St Pierre du Vauvray, most, though not all the men of the 10th Hussars had been buried where they fell by the attacking German troops. Local historians told me that the village had been evacuated by the time the Germans came and there were very few people left - not enough to rebury the soldiers. Crucially, the local road mender or cantonnier whose job that would have been, had been shot by the Germans. So it wasn't until the populace returned at the beginning of August that the bodies were re-interred in the cemetery and given a religious ceremony,. Interestingly I'm told this was done against the orders of the occupying troops. In the case of many French colonial troops, bodies lay out until they became a health hazard as the Germans absolutely forbade burial at all. As Drew refers in his post no.3, to decorate the grave of any enemy soldier was deemed to be an anti-German act, but of course local people continued to do so in defiance of the edict.
     
  13. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    british kia photo.jpg british kia 1940. photo 6 .jpg Same photo.
    Keith
     
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  14. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    5 kia bef 1940 photo.jpg 5 kia bef 1940 photo 30 5 40.jpg 5 kia bef 1940 photo 30 5 1940 back.jpg one more original photo that came in the post.
    5 KIA on 30-5-1940, ther are words on the back in german.
    Keith
     
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  15. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    kia 1940.jpg kia 1940 photo.jpg kia 1940 photo back.jpg This original photo came in the post.
    German on the back, kia 1940 . William Bull + one other . Trondheim Norway
    Keith
     
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  16. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

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  18. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    british french kia 1940.jpg I think this might be Dunkirk? French and British kia.
    Keith
     
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  19. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Those cranes look like Calais?
     
  20. morrisc8

    morrisc8 Under the Bed

    No date on this one.
    Two RAF crew Sgt John Artur ? Hunter .
    Keith raf kia kb.jpg
     

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