Lieutenant Valentine Braithwaite

Historical Information (Wikipedia)

This memorial is standing next to Serre Road Cemetery N°2 and it is dedicated to the memory of Lieutenant Valentine Braithwaite MC who served in the 1st Bn Somerset Light Infantry.  Braithwaite gained his Military Cross (one of the first to be awarded in the war) at Mons in 1914. He later served in Gallipoli as an ADC to his father: General Sir Walter Braithwaite, KCB, ADC, who had been Chief of the General Staff.


At the base of the cross is inscribed :

God buried him And no man knoweth his sepulchre


Braithwaite’s body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial (Pier 2A).