We Will Remember Them

Dozinghem – such an odd name.  This was the name given by troops in the First World War to the site of a Casualty Clearing Station in Belgium set up in July 1917 in readiness for the forthcoming offensive.  Today, it contains 3,305 graves from the First and Second World Wars.  Amongst those, two men from Warmington lie at rest:  John William Wilmott and John Benjamin William Haynes.

Last summer, Warmington residents Kevin Overton and his daughter spent a long holiday travelling around Europe.  Inspired by the research into the local men named on Warmington’s Roll of Honour and War Memorial, they included visits to several Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemeteries and memorials.

At Dozinghem, they paid their respects at the grave of John William Wilmott.  He had been born in Oundle in 1887 and was killed in action on 14 October 1917.

Near the town of Ieper in Belgium is Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in the world.  It is now the resting place of more than 11,900 servicemen of the British Empire from the First World War.  This area on the Western Front was the scene of the Third Battle of Ypres.  Also known as the Battle of Passchendaele, it was one of the major battles of the First World War. It was here, on 16 August 2019, that Kevin and his daughter located the names of three men from Warmington inscribed on the memorial:

Reginald Frederick Kidd, killed in action on 3 December 1917.

William Henry Shirley, killed in action on 22 November 1917.

John William Upex, killed in action on 20 October 1917.

In Warmington cemetery, Albert Edward Moisey is remembered on his parents’ headstone, with the inscription: ‘Also of our dear son Albert Edward Moisey, killed in action in France Feb 26th 1915 aged 25 years.  In the midst of life we are in death’. Kevin and his daughter visited Albert’s grave at the comparatively small (198 graves), tranquil Ramparts Cemetery, Lille Gate, Ypres.  Like all CWGC cemeteries, it is immaculately kept.

These graves, cemeteries and memorials remain as deeply moving reminders of the events that took place and the lives lost.  How many others have visited the final resting places of ‘our men’?

Photos kindly provided by Kevin:

Albert Moisey's grave, Ramparts Cemetery

Tyne Cot - William Henry Shirley and John William Upex

Dozinghem - John William Wilmott

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