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RAILWAY WOOD, ZILLEBEKE, NEAR (IEPER) YPRES, BELGIUM

World War 1 - Detailed information
Compiled and Copyright © Carolynn Langley 2007

The Royal Engineers Grave site marks the spot where eight Royal Engineers of the 177th Tunnelling Company and four attached infantrymen were killed in action underground during the defence of Ypres between November 1915 and August 1917. The grave takes the form of a small enclosure with a Cross of Sacrifice bearing an inscription and the names of those buried. There is a small grassed access path to this site which is unsuitable for vehicles. And muddy, the cemetery itself is located 500 metres along the Oude Kortrijkstraat on the right hand side of the road. This is the smallest War Memorial site in Belgium.

Photograph Copyright © Carolynn Langley 2007

To The glory of god and in memory of
1914 - 1918

BOOTHBY

Charles Geoffrey

Second Lieutenant 147252, 177th Tunnelling Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 28th April 1916.

BRINDLEY

Roland

Sapper 132856, 177th Tunnelling Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 13th June 1916. Aged 34.

CHATT

George Auty

Sapper 102449, 177th Tunnelling Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 14th December 1915. Aged 41. Son of the late Thomas and Margaret Chatt of Barnard Castle, Co Durham; husband of Annie Chatt of 22 Hope street, Crook, Co. Durham.

COTTERILL

John Henry

15828 Sapper , 177th Tunnelling Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 22nd July 1917. Aged 37. Son of Joseph and Mary Cotterill, of Chesterfield Derbyshire.

DAVIS

Thomas Edward

Private 25970, 17th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers attached to 177th Tunnelling Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 25th February 1917. Aged 20. Son of John and Mary Ellen Davis, of Canaster Cottage. Overton, Ellesmere.

EVANS

Daniel Brookes

Corporal 18795, 16th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers attached to 177th Tunnelling Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 9th April 1917. Aged 22. Son of David William Evans, of 3 Gladys Street, Caeracca, Dowlais. Husband of Elizabeth Thomas (formerly Evans) of 50B, Elizabeth Street, Dowlais Glamorgan, Wales.

FIRTH

Sidney

Sapper 132967, 177th Tunnelling Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 9th March 1917. Aged 24. Son of the late Charles and Emma Firth, of Morley, Husband of Emma Rebecca Taylor (formerly Firth) of 37 Peel Street. Morley .Leeds.

POULTON

Edward

Private 358513, 10th Battalion, The King's (Liverpool Regiment) attached to 177th Tunnelling Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 25th April 1917. Aged 31. Son of George and Elizabeth Poulton of Ardwick, Manchester; husband of Mary Elizabeth Poulton of 23, Stockport Road, Ardwick Manchester.

ROBERTS

Richard

Private 19105, 16th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers attached to 177th Tunnelling Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 9th April 1917. Aged 39. Son of John Roberts of Bontewydd, Carnarvon, husband of Elizabeth Roberts of 23, Llwybrmain, Douglas Hill, Bethesda, Bangor.

SPOONER

William

Sapper 112505, 177th Tunnelling Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 28th April 1916. Aged 46 Son of Benjamin and Sarah Spooner, of Chadsmoor, Cannock, husband of Jane Spooner of 12, Newhall Street, Cannock Staffordshire.

WOOLEY

George Arthur

[Spelt WOOLLEY ON CWGC] Corporal 86601, 177th Tunnelling Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 22nd July 1917. Aged 42 Son of the late John and Dorothy Woolley of Codnor, Derbyshire; husband of Martha Hemstock Woolley of Church Lane Bagthorpe, Jacksdale, Nottinghamshire.

Last updated 18 August, 2007

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