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.
- United Kingdom (642)
- Canadian (18)
- South African (6)
- Army (664)
- Air Force (2)
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.
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"
Second Lieutenant SNELL, HERBERT
Died 07/04/1917 Aged 36
24th Bn. London Regiment
attd. 2nd/6th Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers
Son of Joseph and Mary Snell, of Woking; husband of Helen A. Johnson (formerly Snell), of Nidd Vicarage, Ripley, Harrogate.
INSCRIPTION: GOD IS LOVE