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28th April 1918, aged 32.
Plot IV. C. 14.
Husband of Christiana Richardson, of 27, Ulster St., Burnley, Lancashire.
14th June 1918, aged 19.
Plot II. C. 11.
Son of William and Betsy Riley, of 28, Rawson St., Burnley, Lancashire.
8th July 1918.
Plot IV. B. 4.
13th Bn. East Yorkshire Regiment
5th May 1917.
VI. H. 6.
Remembered by his Great niece Gemma Hewick.
Hamburg is a large city in the
north of Germany, approx 150kms to the north of Hannover. Hamburg Ohlsdorf
Cemetery (Friedhof Ohlsdorf) is the biggest non-military cemetery in the
world. There are 3 Commonwealth War Graves plots located within Hamburg
Ohlsdorf Cemetery:- Hamburg Cemetery Ohlsdorf 1914-1918 / Hamburg Cemetery
Ohlsdorf 1939-1945 / Hamburg Cemetery Ohlsdorf Post War.
Victoria Cross: WW1
NEVILLE BOWES ELLIOTT-COOPER
Rank: Lieutenant Colonel, Date of Death: 11/02/1918, Age: 29, Regiment/Service: Royal Fusiliers 8th Bn. , Awards: V C, D S O, M C, Grave Reference V. A. 16., Youngest son of Sir Robert Elliott-Cooper, K.C.B. Born in London. Educated at Eton and Sandhurst.
Citation: An extract from "The London Gazette," dated 12th Feb., 1918, records the following particulars:- "For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. Hearing that the enemy had broken through our outpost line, he rushed out of his dug-out, and on seeing them advancing across the open he mounted the parapet and dashed forward calling upon the Reserve Company and details of the Battalion Headquarters to follow. Absolutely unarmed, he made straight for the advancing enemy, and under his direction our men forced them back 600 yards. While still some forty yards in front he was severely wounded. Realising that his men were greatly outnumbered and suffering heavy casualties, he signalled to them to withdraw, regardless of the fact that he himself must be taken prisoner. By his prompt and gallant leading he gained time for the reserves to move up and occupy the line of defence."
Victoria Cross: WW2
JAMES ALLEN WARD
Rank: Sergeant, Service No: 401793, Date of Death: 15/09/1941, Age: 22, Regiment/Service: Royal New Zealand Air Force 75 (R.A.F.) Sqdn. , Awards: V C, Grave Reference 5A. A1. 9., Son of Percy Harold Ward and of Ada May Ward (nee Stokes), of Wanganui, Wellington, New Zealand.
Citation: The citation in the London Gazette for 5th August, 1941, gives the following details. On the night of July 7th, 1941, sgt. Ward was second pilot of a Wellington which, while returning from a raid on Munster, was damaged by cannon shell and incendiary bullets from an attacking Messerschmitt 110. Fire broke out near the starboard engine which, fed by petrol from a split pipe, threatened to spread to the entire wing. Strenuous efforts by the crew failed to extinguish the fire, and they were warned to be ready to abandon the aircraft. Sgt. Ward then volunteered to try and smother the fire with an engine cover which chanced to be in use as a cushion. He got through the narrow astro-hatch and, by breaking the fabric to make hand and foot holds, succeeded in climbing on to, and then along, the wing, to a position behind the engine. Lying precariously there he smothered the fire in the wing fabric, and tried to push the engine cover on to the leaking pipe. It was blown back by the terrific wind, and on the second attempt was lost. Nevertheless, the fabric surrounding the pipe was destroyed, so that the fire could not spread and finally burnt itself out. Sgt. Ward, with assistance from the navigator, was able to struggle back into the aircraft, which eventually reached home and landed safely. The flight back was made possible by Sgt. Ward''s most conspicuous bravery in extinguishing the fire at the risk of his life.