Brown's Road Military Cemetery, Festubert

Historical Information (Source: CWGC)

Festubert was occupied by Commonwealth forces in October 1914 and on 23-24 November, the Indian Corps repulsed a German attack. The Battle of Festubert (15-25 May 1915) resulted in a short advance which left the village somewhat less exposed than it had been. Except for an advance which was attempted just to the south of Festubert (the Second Action of Givenchy, 15-16 June 1915), this sector remained quiet until 9 April 1918 and the beginning of the Battle of the Lys. Festubert was held by the 55th (West Lancashire) Division against the German assault, and successive attacks lasting through the month were repelled by the 1st and other Divisions. It remained an outpost for Commonwealth forces until the final advance began in September 1918. The cemetery was begun in October 1914, and carried on by fighting units and field ambulances until November 1917, when it contained 299 graves. It was greatly enlarged after the Armistice when graves were brought in from small cemeteries and isolated sites on the surrounding battlefields.

 

Brown's Road Cemetery now contains 1,071 burials and commemorations of the First World War. 407 of the burials are unidentified but special memorials commemorate three casualties believed to be buried among them. The cemetery was designed by Charles Holden.

 

Served with

  • United Kingdom (642)
  • Canadian (18)
  • South African (6)

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  • Army (664)
  • Air Force (2)
Brown's Road MC, Festubert
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Private HERFORD, SIEGFRIED WEDGWOOD Service Number 2860

Died 28/01/1916 Aged 24

24th Bn. Royal Fusiliers

 

Son of Charles and Marie Herford, of 5, Parkfield Rd., Didsbury, Manchester.

 

INSCRIPTION: I WILL LIFT UP MINE EYES UNTO THE HILLS FROM WHENCE COMETH MY HELP


Private KITCHING, R C A Service Number 14132

Died 28/07/1916 Aged 17

14th Bn. Hampshire Regiment

 

Son of Ada Davies (formerly Kitching), of 31, Lord St., Portsmouth, and the late Richard Kitching.

 

INSCRIPTION: MISPAH


Lieutenant LOCK, WILLIAM ABSALOM

Died 25/09/1915 Aged 20

6th Bn. Wiltshire Regiment

 

Elder son of William Henry and Lydia Lock, of Sheets Heath, Brookwood, Surrey. Born at Manor Park, London. Educated at Edgeborough (Guildford); Marlborough College (Wilts.) and Pembroke College, Cambridge.

INSCRIPTION: SON OF W.H. & L. LOCK BROOKWOOD, SURREY, ENG. "A CHERISHED MEMORY"