Casualties at Ypres – The last days of fighting for the 17th Battalion

This is the CWGC Roll for the men who died in April 1918; mainly in the area of Ypres near the Spoil Bank and Lock 8 on the Ypres-Comines Canal.

Budhenberg D H 2 Courtesy Jonathan French

Budenberg D H Courtesy Jonathan Ffrench

The post was published on 25th April 2018, in memory of Captain Donald Budenberg and his men who were killed on this day 100 years before.  This was the final offensive action of the 17th Battalion, where Donald led a succesful counter-attack to regain the postions taken by the Germans, near Lock 8. His commanding officer, in a letter to Donald’s parents, wrote:

‘He was killed whilst gallantly leading a successful counter attack at the head of his company: It was just the death he would have desired. None of the officers returned’.

The remaining men were defending their positions afterwards, until they were dispersed into other Regiments.  Many more 17th Battalion men died subsequently and they are equally important to record.  The centenary of the final assault still resonates.

The heady days of straw boaters, wooden rifles and tents at Heaton Park must have seen very distant to the few remaining original volunteers of September 1914.

Manchester Evening News 06 May 1918

Manchester Evening News 06 May 1918 Budenberg

KENYON     William                        W                                         11/04/1918                        Private  Manchester Regiment             17th Bn.               France   ‘8205’    ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN             P. VII. K. 9B.        Died of wounds in hospital. Born Hulme. Employed at Hall & Pickles Iron Merchants.

CAREY   GEORGE               G            22                          20/04/1918                        Corporal              Manchester Regiment             17th Bn.               Belgium               ‘43137’  PERTH CEMETERY (CHINA WALL)               I. H. 2.       Son of James and Elizabeth Carey, of 3, Apple Terrace, Horace St., Bolton.

COATES                William                                       20/04/1918                        Private  Manchester Regiment               17th Bn.               Belgium               ‘51096’  PERTH CEMETERY (CHINA WALL)               I. H. 3.  Husband of Grace Coates.  WG £9. No Star

ATHERTON          THOMAS              T             29                          20/04/1918                        Private  Manchester Regiment             17th Bn.               Belgium               ‘48139’  TYNE COT MEMORIAL     Panel 120 to 124 and 162 to 162A and 163A.           Son of Henry and Alice Atherton, of 67, Manchester Rd., Higher Ince, husband of Mary Alice Atherton, of 275, Scholes, Wigan.

McBRIDE             EDWARD             E             28                          25/04/1918         30/04/1918         Lance Corporal              Manchester Regiment     17th Bn.               Belgium               ‘9147’    TYNE COT MEMORIAL         Addenda Panel.  Husband of Mrs Catherine McBride, of 17, Honey Street, Cheetham, Manchester.

KERRUISH            GEORGE JOHN   G J                                        25/04/1918                        Private  Manchester Regiment             17th Bn.               Belgium               ‘54743’  TYNE COT MEMORIAL     Panel 120 to 124 and 162 to 162A and 163A.

 

Budhenberg D H Courtesy Jonathan French

Budhenberg D H Courtesy Jonathan Ffrench

BUDENBERG       DONALD HARLOW           D H         21                          25/04/1918                        Captain               Manchester Regiment     4th Bn. attd. 17th Bn.      Belgium                              PERTH CEMETERY (CHINA WALL)    I. H. 4.   Son of Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Budenberg, of Somerville, Marple, Cheshire.  (13/7/1896) Educated Clifton College. Manchester University & OTC & 25/6/1915 Trinity College, Cambridge & OTC.  Officer Cadet from 29/6/1916 and commissioned in 4th Special Reserve Bttn 25/3/1916. France January 1917. Joined the 17th Bttn (att from 4th) 23/1/1917. B Coy 2nd Lt 23/4/1917 Heninel. HQ Coy Ypres 31/7/1917. Wounded at duty 20/4/1918. KiA “While valliantly leading the counter-attack” at Lock 8 25/4/1918 as part of composite C & D Coys. Father was member of Manchester Reform Club.  He is commemorated his school war memorial at Clifton College, Trinity College, Cambridge; the Marple town war
memorial; All Saints Church war memorial, Marple; St. Martin’s Plaque,
Low Marple; and the Family Grave, All Saints Churchyard, Marple.

WINTERBOTTOM             ROBERT               R             19                          26/04/1918                        Private               Manchester Regiment     17th Bn.               Belgium               ‘54931’  TYNE COT MEMORIAL               Panel 120 to 124 and 162 to 162A and 163A.          Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Winterbottom, of Ouzel Rock, Fence, Burnley.

SALTER  WILFRID WILLIAM            W W      24                          26/04/1918                        Private  Manchester Regiment             17th Bn.               Belgium               ‘51133’  HARINGHE (BANDAGHEM) MILITARY CEMETERY          V. A. 23.               Son of Thomas and Eva Joan Salter, of Wesley Row, Culmstock, Devon.

Cornelius Scholey 8875 Manchester Evening News 28 May 1918

Cornelius Scholey 8875 Manchester Evening News 28 May 1918

SCHOLEY             CORNELIUS         C                            M M       27/04/1918                        Lance Corporal               Manchester Regiment     17th Bn.               Belgium               ‘8875’    TYNE COT MEMORIAL               Panel 120 to 124 and 162 to 162A and 163A.      Gazetted MM 21/9/16 ‘for bravery in the field’. Born St Andrew’s Salford. Former warehouseman at Holmes Terry & Co, enlisted 3/9/14 in Manchester aged 23. Following a GSW at Royal Dragon Wood near Vaux, serving with B Company  on 16/2/16 Cornelius was treated in 21st Casualty Clearing Station and evacuated from Le Havre aboard ‘St George’ on 22/4/16.  After treatment in Bradford War Hospital he had 10   days leave and returned to France on 7th April 1916. Maintaining a clean disciplinary record, he was Promoted Lance Corporal on 8/10/16 to be KiA at Ypres 27/4/18. Commemorated Tyne Cottage Memorial.  Cornelius’ sister Malinda acknowledged his medals in October 1919.   Commmorated at Weaste Cemetery.

PRENTIS               HORACE TAYLOR              H T         26                          27/04/1918                        Second Lieutenant           Manchester Regiment     “A” Coy. 17th Bn.              Belgium                              TYNE COT MEMORIAL         Panel 120 to 124 and 162 to 162A and 163A.          Son of George John and Rosa Annie Prentiss of 33, Reighton Rd., Upper Clapton, London.  Born (26/1/1892)  Wimbledon. Freedom of City of London Goldsmiths Guild. Furniture salesman resident Stoke Newington in 1911. Served overseas as Pte in 1/8th KLR. Disch Comm 11/1/1917. Joined 17th Bttn for duty 3/10/1917. Missing KiA 27/4/1918

WOOLLEN           JOSEPH ALFRED J A          25                          27/04/1918                        Second Lieutenant               Manchester Regiment     “B” Coy. 17th Bn.              Belgium                              TYNE COT MEMORIAL         Panel 120 to 124 and 162 to 162A and 163A.          Son of James and Harriet Woollen, of North Newton, Bridgwater.  (b Bridgwater, Somerset 20/11/1895) Apprentice electical instruments resident Newton Heath in 1911. Employed as clerk by Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway. Enlisted 1415 Royal Marine Light Infantry 16/2/1916. Disch to Commission 31/7/1917. Officer Cadet Comm Manchesters 1/8/1917. Joined att 17th Bttn 1/10/1917. Missing KiA 27/4/1918 with B Coy.

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2nd Lt George Leach Courtesy Adam Kree

LEACH   GEORGE               G                           M M       28/04/1918                        Second Lieutenant               Manchester Regiment     17th Bn Belgium                              TYNE COT MEMORIAL     Addenda Panel.    Husband of Jane Ann Leach. of 5 Colyton Road, Chorley.  ( b. 1889) Loom overlooker resident Chorley in 1911. Served 200491 in LNL. France as Cpl 4/5/1915. Awarded MM as Sgt. Widow Jane Anne lived in Chorley. Disch Comm 25th Bttn att 17th 26/6/1917.  Att 19th Bttn then transferred back from 19th Bttn to 17th Bttn on 6/2/1918. Missing KIA 28/4/1918. Husband of Jane Ann Leach. of 5 Colyton Road, Chorley.

DICKINSON         WILLIAM             W           40                          30/04/1918                        Company Serjeant Major    Manchester Regiment     17th Bn.               Belgium               ‘12555’  TYNE COT MEMORIAL               Panel 120 to 124 and 162 to 162A and 163A.          Husband of Alice Dickinson, of 29, New Herbert St., Irlams-o’-th’-Height, Manchester. Formerly Lancs Fusils. Commemorated Frederick Rd Bus Station.

FAULKNER           FREDERICK          F             30                          30/04/1918                        Private  Manchester Regiment             17th Bn.               Belgium               ‘41420’  TYNE COT MEMORIAL     Panel 120 to 124 and 162 to 162A and 163A.           Son of John Faulkner, of 33, Wilson Rd., Blackley, Manchester.

FOX        HENRY  H                                          30/04/1918                        Private  Manchester Regiment               17th Bn.               Belgium               ‘21458’  TYNE COT MEMORIAL     Panel 120 to 124 and 162 to 162A and 163A.

HUGILL JAMES   J              31                          30/04/1918                        Private  Manchester Regiment               17th Bn.               Belgium               ‘304168’               TYNE COT MEMORIAL     Panel 120 to 124 and 162 to 162A and 163A.           Son of Henry and Emily Hugill, of 107, Howe St., Gateshead-on-Tyne; husband of Florence Hugill, of 239, Great Western St., Moss Side, Manchester.

JONES   JOHN SIMON      J S           22                          30/04/1918                        Private  Manchester Regiment             17th Bn.               Belgium               ‘51113’  TYNE COT MEMORIAL     Panel 120 to 124 and 162 to 162A and 163A.           Son of Mrs. Elizabeth Jones, of 12, Bridge St., Lampeter, Cardiganshire.

MAUND               CHARLES              C                                           30/04/1918                        Private  Manchester Regiment             17th Bn.               Belgium               ‘9263’    TYNE COT MEMORIAL     Panel 120 to 124 and 162 to 162A and 163A.       Born in Worcs. 1891. Trained in XVII Pln E Coy in Manchester.  His brother, Lewis had joined the Bttn earlier and trained with IV Pln.  Lewis was discharged wounded 18/9/1917.

PEARSON             REGINALD           R                                           30/04/1918                        Private  Manchester Regiment             17th Bn.               Belgium               ‘302464’               TYNE COT MEMORIAL     Panel 120 to 124 and 162 to 162A and 163A.

PHILLIPS              HERBERT             H                                          30/04/1918                        Private  Manchester Regiment             17th Bn.               Belgium               ‘22891’  TYNE COT MEMORIAL     Panel 120 to 124 and 162 to 162A and 163A.

STAFFORD           FRED      F             20           M M       30/04/1918                        Corporal              Manchester Regiment             4th Btn  att. 17th Bn.               Belgium               ‘2702’    TYNE COT MEMORIAL     Panel 120 to 124 and 162 to 162A and 163A.           Son of Mrs. Mary Smethurst, of 69, Lord St., Oldham.  It appears Fred’s MM was awarded for action in the previous few days.

WALLEN              STANLEY              S             23                          30/04/1918                        Private  Manchester Regiment             17th Bn.               Belgium               ‘42190’  VOORMEZEELE ENCLOSURE NO.3               XVI. D. 6.             Son of Sidney William and Bessie Wallen, of 54, Nightingale Rd., Harlesden, London.

TWEEDALE          ARTHUR               A             29                          30/04/1918                        Private  Manchester Regiment             17th Bn.               Belgium               ‘47067’  TYNE COT MEMORIAL     Panel 120 to 124 and 162 to 162A and 163A.           Husband of Alice Tweedale, of 17, Abbotsford Rd., Oldham.

MORRIS               ROBERT DICKINSON        R D         24                          30/04/1918                        Private               Manchester Regiment     17th Bn.               Belgium               ‘245164’               TYNE COT MEMORIAL         Panel 120 to 124 and 162 to 162A and 163A.          Son of the late John and Elizabeth Morris.

GIBSON WILLIAM             W           36                          30/04/1918                        Private  Manchester Regiment             17th Bn.               Belgium               ‘51109’  TYNE COT MEMORIAL     Panel 120 to 124 and 162 to 162A and 163A.           Son of Mr. and Mrs. G. Gibson, of Sea View Lane, Newbiggin-by-Sea; husband of Dorothy Emma Gibson, of 10, West Greens, Morpeth, Northumberland.

ALLAN   CHARLES              C             33                          30/04/1918                        Corporal              Manchester Regiment             17th Bn.               Belgium               ‘43204’  TYNE COT MEMORIAL     Panel 120 to 124 and 162 to 162A and 163A.           Son of Charlotte Allan, of 86, Leadenhall St., Everton, Liverpool.

WRIGHT               ROBERT CHARLES             R C                                       30/04/1918                        Private               Manchester Regiment     17th Bn.               Belgium               ‘27555’  TYNE COT MEMORIAL               Panel 120 to 124 and 162 to 162A and 163A.

WATERSON         ALAN     A             20                          30/04/1918                        Private  Manchester Regiment             H.Q. Coy. 17th Bn.           Belgium               ‘42156’  TYNE COT MEMORIAL     Panel 120 to 124 and 162 to 162A and 163A.             Son of Margaret Ann Waterson, of 638, Burnley Rd., Whitewell Bottom, Waterfoot, Manchester, and the late Pte. Percy Archer Waterson (R.A.S.C.).

NIXON JAMES HENRY                         27                           08/05/1918                              Corporal
Manchester Regiment             Bugler           Belgium               ‘8253’                   TYNE COT MEMORIAL     Panel 120 to 124 and 162 to 162A and 163A.         Resident Collyhurst Street. Employee of Tootal Broadhurst, Lee & Co for 9 years.

T H Booth Manchester Evening News 11 May 1918

T H Booth Manchester Evening News 11 May 1918

9174      Booth    Thomas Henry                                                 Pte         08/11/1915         Pte         17th               12th Duke of Lancs Yeo. Twice wounded prior       UL/Cpl   KIA                        Forceville Communal Cemetery Extension                  02/05/1918         Plummer & Berrisford      XIII                        Born 1890. Son of Henry & Sarah Booth. Husband of Lily Booth, Bradford.

 

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