In Remembrance

During the Great War, so many soldiers fell. So many of them never had a proper burial or grave. Unknown and nameless their remains lay in the soil of this region, the soil of Flanders, in the fields that once were transformed into a bloody battlefield.

From time to time,relatives of soldiers are passing by here at Pondfarm as they travel through the Great War region. At the place where their relative fought or fell, they then honour him and remember him in silence, in prayer and with the sign of a poppy wreath or poppy cross. This from time to time happens at our place,Pondfarm, too. Underneath a list of soldiers of who we know, they fought in the Pondfarm area:

Do you want to remember a family member or a friend, please bring a Poppy wreath with you, We will hang this up in the museum!

 

THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD AS WE THAT ARE LEFT GROW OLD
AGE SHALL NOT WEARY THEM, NOR THE YEARS CONDEMN
AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN AND IN THE MORNING
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM

In Remembrance:

Photograph: Description Soldier:
Foto gezicht In memory of Private Ward Charles Sidney:
325297,1st Bn., Cambridgeshire Regiment
who died ond 31/07/1917, Husband of Florence Edith Ward, of 17, Holme, Peterborough.
Remembered with honour,Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres.
/ In Memory of Private Herbert Jeffs:
266164, 2nd/1st Bucks Bn., Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
Who died on 22/08/1917
Remembered with honour, Tyne Cot Memorial, Passendale.
/ In Memory of Private George Newman:
32551, 5th Bn., Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
Who died on 23/08/1917
Remembered with honour, Tyne Cot Memorial, Passendale.
Foto gezicht In Memory of Private Herbert David Fritz:
2/7th Bn., Worcestershire Regiment
Who died on 23/02/1967 England
Engaged along the line of the Steenbeek between Pond Farm and Border House to the south of St-Julien in August 1917.
Transferred to ‘D’ Company of the 1/8th Battalion (date unknown).
Severely wounded by shell splinters in the back on 8 October 1918 during the Battle of Beaurevoir and evacuated to England on 11 October 1918 (His injuries were very severe and he never fully regained the use of his hand and fingers).Discharged from army service 17 March 1919. Awarded the Silver War Badge 29 March 1919 for his wounds received.
/ In Memory of 2nd. Lt. Sidney Alfred Davis:
2/5 Gloucestershire Batallion (Regiment)
aged 25, who died, killed in action at Pondfarm on 22nd August 1917.
Son of Henry and Fanny Louisa Davis, of Bridge Cottage, Redbrook, Monmouth; husband of Edith Louise Davis, of 57, Cobourg Rd., Montpelier, Bristol. Served with 1st/4th Bn. from Sept., 1914, to Jan., 1917.
Remembered with honour, Tyne Cot Memorial, Passendale.
Foto gezicht In Memory of Capt. Seymour Burnell Tubbs:
2/5 Gloucestershire Batallion (Regiment)
aged 28, who died, killed in action at Pondfarm on 22nd August 1917.
Remembered with honour, Tyne Cot Memorial, Passendale.
/ In Memory of Lt. Alick Frederick Blyth:
Northern Cyclist Battalion, attached to 2/5 Gloucestershire Batallion (Regiment)
aged 20, who died, killed in action, at Pondfarm on 23d August 1917.
Son of Margaret Blyth, of "Alexa," 75A, Lexham Gardens, Kensington, London, and the late Col. F. A. Blyth, 10th Duke of Cambridge's Own Lancers (Hodson's Horse) Indian Army.
Remembered with honour, Tyne Cot Memorial, Passendale.
/ The 51 soldiers, NCO's and Privates, of the 2/5 Gloucestershire Batallion (Regiment)
who died, killed in action at Pondfarm on 22nd August 1917
Foto gezicht In Memory of Harry Frank Battell:
2/6 Royal Warwickshires, part of the 61st Division, in 1917.
Fought the 31st August till 7th September 1917 at the 3rd Battle of Ypres (Area Hill 35, St-Julien).
Age 39, who died, killed in action, at the Battle of the selle on 20th october 1918.
Harry Frank left his beloved wife Lucy and 7 children.
Remembered with honour, VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, panel 3
/ In Memory of Harold H. Coupland:
165th Infantry Brigade, 55th Division, 1/6th Kings Liverpool Regiment in 1917.
He died on 20th September 1917 and is buried at Bedford House Cemetery plot enclosure No.4 XIII. A. 3. - aged 23 years old. The Regiment had fought through the Somme and worked right up to the frontline at Wietje. The British Forces continued to push forwards and before the battle in question that started on 20th September 1917, the British frontline was in line with Spree Farm next to Pond Farm.
/ In Memory of Corporal Henry Guy Wyatt:
201210, 2nd/1st Bucks Bn., Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
Who died on 22/08/1917
Remembered with honour, Tyne Cot Memorial, Passendale.

 

Families who know of a relative who fell during the Great War in the area of Pondfarm, or who was engaged in the battles in this aera, are wellcome to contact me so that, on this page, their sacrifice will be remembered as well.

pondfarm@telenet.be

(English translation Frank Mahieu; if errors are found, please let us know, thanks)