Essex Regiment & Essex Militia History

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Albert Communal War Cemetery

Albert Communal Cemetery is an extension to the South of the  existing Town Cemetery

Casualties in this cemetery date from 1915 to 1918 to reflect the continual fighting in this area.

Albert was held by the allies for most of the war although taken by the Germans in April 1918 and liberated in August 1918.

Many of the soldiers in this cemetery died from their wounds in hospital and clearing stations at Albert as well as in field ambulance coming from the front.

Albert War cemetery

 

There are forty members of the Essex Regiment with headstones at Albert.

Most of the dead are from the 10th Essex.

Lieutenant Howard West Orfeur,

2nd Lieutenants Percy Augustine Binley MC and H E Hudson

 CSM J B Fraser

Sergeants Jack Ream and Frederick Eugene Smith

Lance Corporals W Duffield, C J H Perfect, A Huzzey, Frank Swain Privates J Honey, C Ruggles, J H Diprose, James Henry George Fryer, A J Freeman, J E Parker, D Richardson, F H Fensome, R Pyne, F Putnam, Harold Arthur Teader, Daniel Terry, Arthur S=Ernest Brewster, Pery Oliver Lane, Arthur Joseph Timbers, E Toohey, G Turner, J Brown, G E Parrott, Frederick Rose, Henry Carter, W J Marmon, J G Pier, Charles Edward sanders, Percy Vincent Whybrow, Alfred Charles Fox, P Hardy, A Robinson, C C Aldridge, G J Purdy


MC for 2nd Lt Percy Augustine Binley

2nd Lt Binley MC headstone

2nd Lt Binley of the 10th Essex from Rochford, Essex was awarded the Military Cross in November 1918 for conspicuous gallantry and fine leadership during an attack. He led his platoon brilliantly, maintaining direction through thick fog. When they were held up by machine gun fire he led them forward with the greatest determination and rendered valuable services in the clearance of the ground to the first objective.

He was killed in action on 23 August 1918.

 

Photographs of most of the headstones listed above are available free of charge although a small donation to Help for heroes charity would be appreciated.