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Birr Cross Roads Cemetery, Belgium

Birr Cross Roads Cemetery lies on the Menin Road just east of Ypres/Ieper. One of the many Commonwealth War Graves cemeteries surrounding the city.

The cemetery contains 834 burials, 330 of whom are unidentified casualties. There are 504 identified casualties; from the United Kingdom (375,) Australia (115,) New Zealand (9,) Canada (4) and one Belgian.

From Menin Road. Cross of Sacrifice to right of centre, Stone of Remembrance to left of gates:-

Birr Cross Roads Cemetery from Menin Road

Soldiers of the Great War:-

Graves, Birr Cross Roads Cemetery,

The Belgian grave is of an interpreter to the British Army. It is inscribed, “A la Memoire de De Wattine Camille, L E, Sergent de l’Armee Belge, interprete a l’Armee Britannique. Mort pour la Belgique, la 29 Septembre 1918.” (In memory of De Wattine Camille, L E, Sergeant, Belgian Army, interpreter to the British Army. Died for Belgium, 29/9/1918):-

Grave of an Interpreter, Birr Cross Roads Cemetery, Near Ypres

The nine New Zealanders there include five soldiers from the Maori Battalion.

Corporal W M Karena, New Zealand Maori Battalion, 30/11/1917 and Private H Kanaru, New Zealand Maori Battalion, 30/11/1917:-

Maori Graves, Birr Cross Roads Cemetery, Belgium

Private H R Kereama, New Zealand Maori Battalion, 7/12/1917, aged 26 and Private M Hapuku, New Zealand Maori Battalion, 30/11/1917:-

More Maori Graves, Birr Cross Roads Cemetery

Private H M Power, New Zealand Maori Battalion, 7/12/1917, aged 22:-

New Zealand Maori Battalion Grave, Birr Cross Roads Cemetery, near Ypres

Great War Graves, Overleigh Cemetery, Chester

I have posted about Overleigh Cemetery Chester, before. These are all graves within the cemetery of casualties of the Great War:-

Private L C Woolley, Royal Army Ordnance Corps, 16/4/1919:-

War Grave, Overleigh Cemetery, Chester

Private J Lawrence, Royal Lancaster Regiment, 20/12/1915, aged 33:-

War Grave, Chester, Overleigh Cemetery

Private H Jones, Cheshire Regiment, 15/11/1918, aged 45:-

War Grave, Chester

Private C Nuttall, Cheshire Regiment, 4/11/1918, aged 29:-

Chester War Grave

Pioneer C H Webb, Royal Engineers, 11/9/1918, aged 24:-

aChester War Grave 20

Serjeant Major J W T Francis, Cheshire Regiment, 25/5/1915, aged 27:-

Overleigh Cemetery, Chester, War Grave

Gunner R T Ryder, Royal Field Artillery, 20/4/1915, aged 20:-

Great War Grave, Chester, Overleigh Cemetery

Corporal H Cooper, Cheshire Regiment, 4/1/1917, aged 44:-

Chester, Overleigh Cemetery, Great War Grave

Boy A Burton, Cheshire Regiment, 19/2/1918, aged 17:-

War Grave of Boy, Overleigh Cemetery, Chester

Corporal J Warburton, Royal Engineers, 21/2/1917, aged 44:-

Overleigh Cemetery, Chester, Great War Grave

Private H H J Martin, Cheshire Regiment, 3/11/1918, aged 30:-

Chester, Overleigh Cemetery, Great War Grave

Private T Z Stephenson, Royal Engineers, 7/7/1915, aged 32:-

Chester, Great War Grave

Captain Thomas Arthur Ellis, RAF, 20/11/1918, aged 25:-

Great War Grave, Chester

Pioneer A Sutton, Royal Engineers, 17/5/1920, aged 50:-

Chester, Great War Grave, Overleigh Cemetery

Private T Jenkins, Welsh Regiment, 30/8/1915, aged 18:-

Overleigh Cemetery, Chester, Great War Grave

Private E R Noakes, Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry,) 26/4/1920:-

War Grave, Chester

Sapper W H Turton, Royal Engineeers, 3/6/1918:-

Overleigh Cemetery, Chester, Great War Grave

Second World War Graves, Overleigh Cemetery, Chester

I have posted several times previously about Overleigh Cemetery Chester. I photographed several World War 2 graves there.

Warrant Officer K Buckingham, Pilot, RAF, 7/9/1944, aged 23:-

Chester, Overleigh Cemetery, War Grave

Aircraftman 2nd Class W Ledsham, RAF, 23/2/1940:-

Second World War Grave, Overleigh Cemetery, Chester

Corporal A Henshall, Royal Engineers, 5/12/1944, aged 28:-

Second World War Grave, Overleigh Cemetery, Chester,

Leading Seaman J D H Gibson, Royal Navy, 25/5/1945, aged 30:-

World War 2 Grave, Overleign Cemetery, Chester

Guardsman T E Mallard, Grenadier Guards, 9/7/1944:-

Overleigh Cemetery, Chester, Second World War Grave

Aircraftman W J Wilding, RAF, 14/2/1942:-

Second World War Grave, Chester, Overleigh Cemetery

Paired War Graves, Overleigh Cemetery, Chester

For more general views of Overleigh Cemetery, see here.

It’s unusual in the UK for two soldiers to be commemorated on the one headstone. (It is much more common in the battlefield War Cemeteries in Belgium and France.)

There were two such paired burials in Overleigh though.

Gunner W Jones, Royal Garrison Artillery, 5/11/1918, aged 35 and Driver A Wildman, Royal Field Artillery, 6/11/1918:-

War Graves, Overleigh Cemetery, Chester

Private R Jones, Cheshire Regiment, 19/10/1915, aged 21, and Private C H McLaren, Cheshire Regiment, 12/10/1915, aged 43:-

War Graves, Overleigh Cemetery, Chester

Private A Waterfall, West Yorkshire Regiment, 26/7/1916, and Private E T Morris, Cheshire Regiment, 22/5/1916:-

Overleigh Cemetery, Chester, War Graves

Private J Williams, Royal Welch Fusiliers, 15/6/1921, aged 29, and Private F Dale, Manchester Regiment, 16/1/1921.

Chester, Overleigh Cemetery, War Graves

Bombardier C Pearce, Royal Field Artillery, 13/7/1920, aged 32, and, in background, F Williams, The King’s Liverpool Regiment, 2/6/1920, aged 20:-

War Graves, Overleigh Cemetery, Chester

Czechoslovak War Graves, Overleigh Cemetery, Chester

In amongst the Commonwealth War Graves in Overleigh Cemetery (see previous post) were those of three men from the former Czechoslovakia.

Karel Müller, VOJ, Czech Army, ?/?/1917-21/9/1940:-

Czechoslovak War Grave, Overleigh Cemetery, Chester

Antonin Umlaut, Des Czech Army, 11/6/1910-26/8/1940 and Rudolf Mikurchik, Des Czech Army, ?/?/1907-18/8/1940, with in the background, Lance Corporal W B Brown, The South Lancashire Regiment, 6/6/1940, aged 29, and Private G Atherton, The South Lancashire Regiment, 6/7/1940, aged 45:-

Czechoslovak (and British) War Graves , Overleigh Cemetery Chester

War Graves, Overleigh Cemetery, Chester

The main (more modern) Overleigh Cemetery in Chester, though its Wiki page says it’s on Grosvenor Road, lies just across Overleigh Road from Overleigh ‘Old’ Cemetery.

Overleigh Cemetery (without the ‘Old’) contains 197 Commonwealth War Graves. The most striking feature (in a War Memorial sense) is the Cross of Sacrifice. It is inscribed, “This Cross Of Sacrifice is one in design and intention with those which have been set up in France and Belgium and other places throughout the world where our dead of the Great War are laid to rest: their name liveth for evermore.”

It is unusual for any municipal cemetery in the United Kingdom to have a Cross of Sacrifice. Most, of course, have fewer than the minimum number of graves (30) to qualify for one. In this regard Overleigh’s 197 must surely be an outlier.

Cross of Sacrifice, Overleigh Cemetery, Chester

There are many indivdual war graves in Overleigh but the photographs below are of clusters or scatterings of graves:-

War Graves, Overleigh Cemetery, Chester

Overleigh Cemetery, Chester, War Graves

Scattered War Graves, Overleigh Cemetery, Chester

Chester, War Graves, Overleigh Cemetery

Chester, Overleigh Cemetery, War Graves

War Graves, Overleigh ‘Old’ Cemetery, Chester

On our way out of Chester back to Gladstone’s Library at Hawarden we passed a cemetery and spotted the Commonwealth War Graves sign. On turning down the street (Overleigh Road) looking for somewhere to park we discovered there are two cemeteries, one either side of the road. Overleigh ‘Old’ Cemetery was the first we entered. I found 11 war graves there. Someone had placed knitted “poppy” wreaths on the graves.

Private J McElmeel, Royal Liverpool Regiment, 24/2/1919, aged 19:-

War Grave, Overleigh 'Old' Cemetery, Chester

Private J Garvey, Cheshire Regiment, 2/7/1917:-

Chester War Grave, Overleigh 'Old' Cemetery

Private J Butler, Labour Corps, 20/3/19??:-

Overleigh 'Old' Cemetery, Chester, War Grave

Private R Lord, Cheshire Regiment, 12/5/1915:-

Overleigh 'Old' Cemetery, Chester, War Grave 4

Private J Kirby, Royal Welch Fusiliers, 26/9/1916, aged 23:-

Chester, War Grave 5, Overleigh 'Old' Cemetery

Lance Corporal J Donnelly, Military Police Corps, 27/3/1917:-

Overleigh 'Old' Cemetery, Chester War Grave 6

Private M Leak, Cheshire Regiment, 4/6/1920, aged 38:-

Chester, Overleigh 'Old' Cemetery, War Grave 7

Private J H Baker, Royal Army Service Corps, 9/9/1915, age 29:-

Chester, War Grave 8, Overleigh 'Old' Cemetery

Private J H Roach, Machine Gun Corps, (Infantry,) 20/1/1919, aged 29:-

Overleigh 'Old' Cemetery, Chester, War Grave 9

Serjeant J Stretch, Machine Gun Corps, (Infantry,) 16/5/1918, aged 38:-

Chester, Overleigh 'Old' Cemetery, War Grave 10

Staff Serjeant Major W Steele, Army Pay Corps, 20/7/1918:-

Overleigh 'Old' Cemetery, Chester, War Grave 11

RAF War Graves, Hawarden, Overview

Commonwealth and non-Commonwealth graves:-

Hawarden War Graves Overview

Czech War Grave, Hawarden

Jan Machalek, CET Sergeant, Royal Air Force, 3/8/1921 – 26/10/1942:-

Czech War Grave, Hawarden

Polish War Graves, Hawarden

These were in Hawarden cemetery No 2.

J Arcimowicz, Polish Forces, 3/1/1945, aged 19 and S Y J Przybylowic, Polish Forces 6/5/1943.

Polish War Graves, Hawarden

F Wares, Polish Forces, 19/5/1944, age 26 with, behind, S Sowinski, 1/2/1945, age 27 and W W Jaros, 3/11/1943, age 25.

Polish War Grave, Hawarden

L A Zozoniuk, Polish Forces, 14/10/1942, age 36, E Novakowski, Polish Forces, 11/8/1946, age 43. In background, to left, R Susalski, Polish Forces, 24/1/1942 age 24. (the above named S Sowinski is behind to right):-

Hawarden, Polish War Graves

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