Grave in Rue-Petillon Military Cemetery of Major William Ainsworth 2nd in command 2/5th Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment killed in action 16th April 1917. Headstone bears inscription “Waiting for the glorious appearance of our saviour.” Titus 2/13. Son of the late Mrs Ainsworth of Marylands Bolton, husband of Bertha A Ainsworth of 1 Stanley Road, Hastings. The Battalion had relieved the 2/4th Loyal North Lancashire on the 12th April in the Cordonnerie Sector and Major Ainsworth was killed at 1230 on the 16th April 1917. He was the first officer of the Battalion to be killed.
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Rosieres British Cemetery, Vauvillers, Somme. 21 miles East of Amiens, south of Bray-sur-Somme off the D929 which passes through Proyart and Vauvillers, the cemetery being in open country to the North of the D937 from Harbonnieres to Chaulnes, about a mile North of the village of Rosieres-en-Santerre. All casualties buried in the cemetery fell between the 23rd and 26th March 1918 during the German offensive. Records 59 U.K. burials.
Grave in Rosieres British Cemetery of No. Z/2347 Rifleman John Matthews 3rd Battalion the Rifle Brigade who died of wounds on the 25th March 1918 aged 23 years. Son of Mr. and Mrs. W Matthews of Churchover, Rugby. Commemorated on the Churchover Village War Memorial.
For circumstances see entry under Churchover Village Memorial
Grave in Rosieres British Cemetery of No. 7367 Private William Tallon, VII Corps Cyclist Battalion, Army Cyclist Corps, who died on the 24th March 1918 aged 26 years. Son of Thomas and Mary Jane Tallon of 6 Coronation Terrace, St. Helens, Bishop Auckland.
Roisel Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme. Roisel is a small town about 8 miles East of Peronne. The Cemetery is on the East of the road at the north end of the town leading to Villers-Faucon. The town was occupied by British troops in April 1917 and evacuated on the 22nd March 1918 after a strong defence by the 66th (East Lancs.) Division. The Cemetery was begun by the Germans and developed in October and November 1918 by 41st, 48th, 53rd and 58th Casualty Clearing Stations. After the Armistice there was a concentration of graves from areas to the North, South and East of the town and the Cemetery now records 721 U.K., 106 Aust., 29 S.A., 6 Can. and about 500 German burials and 15 special memorials.
Grave in Roisel Communal Cemetery Extension of 2nd Lieutenant John Crawford Buchan, V.C., 7th Battalion Princess Louise’s (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) died 22nd March 1918 aged 25 years. He was attached to the 8th Battalion at the date of his death and was fighting in an action about 7 miles south of Roisel, near the village of Villeveque south of the Omignon River and about 9 miles North East of Voyennes where the last unit of the Brigade crossed the Somme River about 6 a.m. on the 23rd March, the Battalion being in 183rd Brigade, 61st Division.
An extract from The London Gazette dated 21st May 1918 records “For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. When fighting with his platoon in the forward position of the battle zone, 2nd Lt. Buchan, although wounded early in the day, insisted on remaining with his man and continually visited all his posts encouraging and cheering his men in spite of most severe shell fire, from which his platoon was suffering heavy casualties. Later when the enemy were creeping closer and heavy machine-gun fire was raking his position, 2nd Lt. Buchan, with utter disregard of his personal safety, continued to visit his posts and though still further injured accidentally, he continued to encourage his men and visit his posts. Eventually when he saw the enemy had practically surrounded his command he collected his platoon and prepared to fight his way back to the supporting line. At this point the enemy, who had crept round his right flank, rushed towards him shouting out “Surrender.” “To hell with surrender” he replied and shooting the foremost of the enemy he finally repelled this advance with his platoon. He then fought his way back to the supporting line of the forward position where he held out till dusk. At dusk he fell back as ordered but in spite of his injuries again refused to go to the aid post, saying his place was beside his men. Owing to the unexpected withdrawal of troops on he left flank it was impossible to send orders to 2nd Lt. Buchan to withdraw, as he was already cut off, and he was last seen holding out against overwhelming odds. The gallantry, self-sacrifice, and utter disregard of personal safety displayed by this officer during these two days of most severe fighting is in keeping with the highest traditions of the British Army.”
Grave in Roisel Communal Cemetery Extension of No. 201023 Private Albert Henry Broadhurst 5th Battalion the Tank Corps killed in action 22nd March 1918 aged 26 years. Son of Richard and Clara Broadhurst of Faversham Kent and husband of Lilian Broadhurst of 104 Spencers Road Crawley Sussex, born Faversham and enlisted Red Hill Surrey. Previously served as No. 68895 Machine Gun Corps.