Essex Farm Cemetery, 

Boesinghe, near Ypres, Belgium

Location:  Near Boesinghe, Ypres, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Last Visited:   July 2006 (see Notes) "Cheltonians" buried in the Cemetery:   4
CWGC Cemetery Information Sheet can be viewed here

"Cheltonians" buried in this Cemetery

Bugler Harry Frank BROOKES, 17th Battalion Kings Royal Rifle Corps, is buried in Plot II, Row B, Grave 45.

He was killed in action in the Les Choquaux area of France on 8th August 1916.   He was 21.

He is commemorated on the Charlton Kings War Memorial and on the Charlton Kings (St Mary's Church) War Memorial.

His parents, Jesse and Harriet Elizabeth Brookes, resided at "Daisy Bank", Horsefair Street, Charlton Kings.

Bugler Harry Frank Brookes

17th Battalion Kings Royal Rifle Corps

1894 - 1916

Rifleman Sidney Charles CHARLOTTES, 12th Battalion Rifle Brigade, is buried in Plot I, Row B, Grave 3.

He was wounded in action in the Boesinghe area of Belgium on 15th March 1916 and died later the same day.   He was 19.

He is commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial, the Holy Trinity Church Roll of Honour and the Holy Trinity School Roll of Honour.

His mother, Mrs Ellen Tallboy, resided at 51 Sherborne Street, Cheltenham and later at 2 The Retreat, Tewkesbury Road, Cheltenham.

Pte Sidney Charles Charlottes

12th Battalion Rifle Brigade

1897 - 1916

Cpl Sidney DAVIS, 3rd Battalion Coldstream Guards, is buried in Plot II, Row M, Grave 25.   He was killed in action in the Ypres area of Belgium on 26th June 1916.   He was 34.

He is commemorated on the Prestbury War Memorial and the Prestbury (St Mary's Church) War Memorial.

He resided at 2 Butts View, Swindon Lane, Prestbury.

It will be seen on the photo of Cpl Davis' headstone that his surname is listed in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission records as DAVIES.

It is only recently, in June 2006, that Mr Antony Golding, Sidney's great grandson, has convinced the CWGC of the correct spelling of DAVIS.   The CWGC have amended the Debt of Honour database and confirmed that Sidney's headstone will be corrected in due course.

Antony took this photo of Cpl Davis' headstone on 19th July 2006 and will return to the cemetery once the headstone has been amended (see Note 2)

Sgt Charles William HARDING, 15th Battalion Welsh Regiment, is buried in Plot III, Row J, Grave 4.

He was killed in action in the Pilckem area of Belgium on 8th June 1917.   He was 24.  

His unit was part of 114th Brigade of the 38th (Welsh) Division.   The division was part of the XVI Corps and was fighting in the Battle of Pilckem (The first phase of the Third Battle of Ypres).

He is commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial and on the St James' School Roll of Honour.

His parents, Francis William and Alice Harding, resided at 15 Leicester Terrace, Naunton Lane, Cheltenham.

Notes:

1.   I wish to acknowledge and express my thanks to Mr Aurel Sercu of Belgium who took the photos of Brookes, Charlottes and Harding in November 2004.

2.   Mr Antony Golding, great-grandson of Cpl Davis, took the photo on 19th July 2006 and I thank him for his permission to post it on the website.

 

Page last updated: 21st August 2011

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