This cemetery contains 40 Commonwealth burials, many of which are from the Cheshire and Norfolk Regiments and all of whom were killed on the 24th August 1914 and originally buried on the battlefields.

The Cemetery contains 5 named soldiers of the Cheshire Regiment as well as 14 whose gravestone bears the message "Known Unto God", but it is more than likely that these men also fell on the defence of the village of Audregnies and so are some of the 44 commemorated on the LA FERTE-SOUS-JOUARRE MEMORIAL  to the missing.



1st Battalion, The Cheshire Regiment
Officers, N.C.O.s and Men of the 1st Battalion, Buried in Audregnies Communal Cemetery

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Private E J Conway (circa. 1905)
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All of the men named below were awarded the 1914 Star (with "clasps and roses"), the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
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Private 7461 George ALLMAN (A.R.)

Date of Death:
24 August 1914 (Killed in Action)
Grave No:
B.20.
Unit:
'C' Company
Age:
29
Personal History:
George Allman was born in Malpas, Cheshire in 1886, the fifth child of James (a farm Labourer) and Elizabeth. His older siblings were Thomas Henry, William, Nellie and Beatrice and he had two younger siblings Alice M. and Joseph (1891 Census: RG 12/2126). In 1891 the family lived at Cross o' Hill, Malpas, Cheshire. In 1901 he was working as a Farm Servant to John Craddock of Ebnal Farm, Malpas. (1901 Census: RG 13/2557)

At the time of his death his parents were both deceased and his brothers were listed as next-of-kin. However, by November 1915 the War Office had received notification that George was married, to Martha, who was living at 32 Russell Street, Hulme, Manchester. The 1911 Census confirms this (RG 13/21983) at which time George and Martha were living in Birkenhead and George was employed as a 'metal machinist'. They had married in 1909.

Military History:
George enlisted at Crewe, Cheshire on 18 March 1904. His terms of service were 3 + 9 (i.e. 3 years active service + 9 years reserve), and was transferred to the Army Reserve list on 28 March 1907. He received two posting in 1904 and 05 and earned his Good Conduct badge in 1906. His main deployment was as a Company Cook.

As a reservist he was recalled to the 1st Battalion at the outbreak of War and his Medal Card shows he entered France 16 August. He was reported missing on 24 August and evidence of his death in the form of an identity tag was received by his Warrant Officer from "an unofficial source". In total, including his Auxillary Reserve service, he had served 10 years 160 days with the Regiment.

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Private 10278 John GLYNN

Date of Death:
24 August 1914 (Killed in Action)
Grave No:
A.3
Unit:
'A' Company
Age:
22
Personal History:
John Glynn was born in Newton, Widnes, Lancashire on 28 June 1892, the fifth child of Michael (a farm Labourer) and Mary Jane. His older siblings were Mary, Martin, Ellen and Thomas and he had three younger siblings Patrick, Anne and Bridget (1901 Census: RG 13/3514). Then Maggie, James and Harry (1911 Census RG 14/24418).  In 1901 the family was living at 4 Ann Sq (West), Widnes, Lancs. By 1914 they had moved to 6 Brougham Street, Stalybridge, Cheshire.

At the time of his enlistment he was employed as a labourer in an Iron Works, he was 5' 6" tall (1.68 m.), weighed 131 lbs. (9 st. 5lbs.) had a 'sallow' complexion, blue eyes and auburn hair.

According to his Service papers John did not marry.  At the time of his death his parents and brothers and sisters were listed as next-of-kin. His mother took possession of his war medals, living at that time at 5 Worthington Street, Stalybridge, Cheshire.

Military History:
John enlisted at Chester on 26 November 1913. He was posted to the 1st Battalion in Ireland on 14 February 1914 and his Medal Card shows he entered France on 16 August. He was killed in action at Audregnies on 24 August 1914, fighting on the left of the line under Captain Dyer. In all he served just 272 days with the Regiment.

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Private 8649 Ernest Lionel LUCAS

Date of Death:
24 August 1914 (Killed in Action)
Grave No:
B.18
Unit:
'A' Company
Age:
25
Personal History:
Ernest Lionel Lucas was born at 1 Albert Road, New Barnet, London in July 1886, the third child of Alfred (a Labourer) and Emily. His older siblings were Alfred and Elsie and he had 4younger siblings, Sidney, Edith, Ada and Kate (1911 Census RG 14/1150). By 1914 they had moved to 30 New Trinity Road, East Finchley.

At the time of his enlistment he was employed as a nurseryman, he was 5' 6" tall (1.68 m.), weighed 129 lbs. (9 st. 3 lbs.) had a 'fresh' complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. He was also 'slightly knock-kneed'!

John married Catherine Hughes in Belfast on 22 October 1911 and they had two children, Kathleen, born 24 March 1913, and Ernest, born 19 June 1914. He was due to be transferred to the Auxiliary Reserve on 6 October 1914 and be employed as a postman in Belfast. He and his family had set up home at Mallaghbane, Ballygowley, Co. Tyrone, Ireland.

Military History:
Ernest enlisted (aged 18 yrs. 3 mths.) at Chester on 7 October 1904. His terms of service were 7 + 5 (i.e. 7 years active service + 5 years reserve). He was posted to the 1st Battalion in Ireland as a Sergeant's Mess Cook on 5 December 1907. He was billeted at Ebrington Barracks, Londonderry. He was twice promoted to Lance Corporal, on 5 September 1908 and 14 October 1911.

His record shows he had gained 1 Good Conduct badge and a 2nd Class School Certificate. He was "very intelligent and reliable". Despite this he had been on charge 3 times: (1) Drunk on duty (12 Sept. 1909); (2) Neglect of duty (7 March 1910), and (3) Making an improper reply to an Officer (3 May 1912). For the last two offences he lost his Lance Corporal stripe on each occasion. For a fourth offence (9 April 1914), 'being in receipt of a watch, not his own', he received 8 days CB.

His Medal Card shows he entered France on 16th August 1914. He was reported missing on 24 August following the action at Audregnies where he fought on the left of the line under Captain Dyer. Evidence of his death in the form of an identity tag was received by his Warrant Officer from "an unofficial source". He was entered on Casualty List 14042 (Part III). In total, including his 9 days with the BEF, he had served 6 years 322 days with the Regiment.
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Private 7317 Thomas MOUNTFORD (A.R.)

Date of Death:
24 August 1914 (Killed in Action)
Grave No:
A.9
Unit:
'A' Company
Age:
25

Personal History:
Thomas Mountford was born at 36 Bromley Street, Congleton, Cheshire in October 1881, the third child of Samuel (a Fustian Cutler) and Mary. His older sister was Jane Anne and he had younger siblings, Lillian, Joseph, Amy and Harry. (1891 Census: RG 12/2844). In 1901 he was living with his brother Joseph, as boarders, in Biddulph, Staffordshire both working as Coal Miners.

At the time of his enlistment he was employed as a Fustian Cutler, he was 5' 7" tall (1.70 m.), had a 'sallow' complexion, grey eyes and light brown hair.

Thomas married Mary Jane Phillips in Congleton on 11 November 1907 and they had four children, Harry (14 Feb 1908), Alice (21 Feb. 1909), Thomas (1911 - 12) and Gladys, (19 Aug. 1913) The 1911 Census (RG 14/16632) shows the family living at 17 Congleton Road, Biddulph.

Military History:
Ernest enlisted (aged 21 yrs. 11 mths.) at Chester on 10 December 1903. His terms of service were 3 + 9 (i.e. 3 years active service + 9 years reserve). He was posted to the 4th Battalion in Chester. He served in India from 20 September 1904 toJanuary 1907. He was transferred to the Army Reserve list on 26 January 1907.

His record shows he had been on charge 4 times: (1) Drunk in Short Street and creating a disturbance (25 June 1904); (2) Drunk in barracks (27 December 1904), and (3) Breaking out of barracks after tattoo until found on the coast road - drunk (14 November 1905). (4) Breaking out of barracks and improperly dressed on Lake Road (8 September 1906). He received various punishments from 'admonished' to 7 days CB.

As a reservist he was recalled to the 1st Battalion at the outbreak of War and his Medal Card shows he entered France 16 August 1914. He was reported missing on 24 August following the action at Audregnies where he fought on the left of the line under Captain Dyer. Evidence of his death in the form of an identity tag was received by his Warrant Officer from "an unofficial source". In total, including his 9 days with the BEF, he had served 10 years 130 days with the Regiment.


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Private 7510 Rees WILLIAMS (A.R.)

Date of Death:
24 August 1914 (Killed in Action)
Grave No:
A.4
Unit:
'A' Company
Age:
29
Personal History:
Rees Williams was born in Bedwellty, Monmouth in October 1884, the oldest son of David (Coal Miner) and Elizabeth of 9 Pond Row, Tredegar. He had two older brothers, Thomas and David Henry, a younger brother, Morgan, and two younger sisters, Agnes (later Northeast) and Beatrice (later Gurmin). (1901 Census for Wales RG 13/3947) By the 1911 Census (RG 14/31850) Elizabeth is widowed and Rees and Thomas are listed as 'stepsons'. Probably, therefore, the sons of David by an earlier marriage.

At the time of his enlistment he was working as a 'Collier', an occupation to which he returned after his three years Army Service. He was 5' 4" tall (1.63 m.), weighed 131 lbs. (9 st. 5 lbs.) had a 'fair' complexion, grey eyes and 'light' hair. His stated religion was Church of England.

At the time of his death he was unmarried and living in Tredegar, Monmouth, no doubt at the family home at 9 Pond Row.

Military History:
Rees enlisted into the 2nd Battalion at Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan on 18th April 1904, aged 19 years 6 months. He had previously been enlisted in the 3rd Battalion, the South Wales Borderers, which he joined when aged 17yrs. 2 mths (Private 7682). His terms of service with the Cheshires were 3 + 9 (i.e. 3 years active service + 9 years reserve).

Rees' Service Record indicates a Court Martial at Chester Castle on 13th June 1904, but no charges are specified. He was posted to India on 20th September 1904 and was transferred to the Reserve list, under para. 177 King's Regulations, on 3rd May 1907. He had gained one Good Conduct Badge and a 2nd class musketry certificate.

As a reservist he was recalled to the 1st Battalion at the outbreak of War and mobilized at Chester on 5th August, posted to join the 1st Battalion in Ireland on the 6th. He subsequently entered France on 16th August 1914. He was reported missing on 24 August following the action at Audregnies where he fought on the left of the line under Captain Dyer. Initially his family were informed that he had been wounded and was in Athena Hospital, Mons, but they wrote to the Army to advise that they had been informed of the wrong soldier and number.

It was not until a Casualty List dated 15th November 1915 that his death was confirmed "on or since 24-8-1914" and his family notified on 1st December. In total, including his 9 days with the BEF, he had served 10 years 129 days with the Regiment.

 
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Private 7249 John YORK (A.R.)

Date of Death:
24 August 1914 (Killed in Action)
Grave No:
B.13
Unit:
'A' Company
Age:
25
Personal History:
John York was born in Glasgow in January 1885, the oldest son of Richard and Margaret York. John's Service Record indicates that at the time of his death they were living separately, Richard at 89 Commercial Road, Glasgow, and Margaret at 181 Mathieson Street, Glasgow.

According to his Service Papers, John was 5' 4" tall (1.64 m.), weighed 110 lbs. (7 st. 12 lbs.) had a 'fresh' complexion, grey eyes and brown hair. His stated religion was Church of England. At the time of his enlistment his stated occupation was 'Bill Poster'.

John married Margaret McFarlane at Hutchestown Parish Church, Glasgow, on 12th November 1909. They lived in Govan Street, Smithside, Glasgow. They had three children, Richard (b. 24th August 1910), Margaret (b. 23rd January 1912) and Williammina. Their last child, christened Williammina McFarlane York, was born 6 months after John's death, on 26th February 1915, at 181 Mathieson Street, Glasgow. John's mother's home. Margaret was granted a pension of 1:0s:6d (1.025) after John's death.

Military History:
John enlisted into the 2nd Battalion at Manchester on 8th October 1903 aged 18 years 8 months. His terms of service with the Cheshires were 3 + 9 (i.e. 3 years active service + 9 years reserve). Prior to his enlistment with the Cheshires he had enlisted in the 3rd Battalion Highland Light Infantry.

On 12th November 1904 John was transferred to the 1st Battalion and posted to Chester and on 26th January 1905 to Lichfield. He was transferred to the Army Reserve at the end of his 3 years Active Service on 7th October 1906. He had gained one Good Conduct Badge.

As a reservist he was recalled to the 1st Battalion at the outbreak of War and his Medal Index Card he entered France on 16th August 1914. He was reported missing on 24 August following the action at Audregnies where he fought on the left of the line under Captain Dyer.

On 21st October 1915 he was confirmed "Killed in Action" at 'a place not specified'. (W.O.E. 113182/1) In total, including his 11 days with the BEF, he had served 10 years 321 days with the Regiment.

 
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Four of the men buried here were from 'A' Company of the 1st Battalion (Privates Glynn, Lucas, Mountford and York) whilst Private Allman was in 'C' Company.

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Soldiers "Known Unto God"

Audregnies Communal Cemetery contains the bodies of 14 soldiers of the 1st Battalion who were killed in action on 24th August 1914.

Without doubt they are some of the 44 who are commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing at      LA FERTE-SOUS-JOUARRE. 

Thirty-six of those on the Memorial were killed on 24th August at Audregnies. These 36 are listed below - who knows which are the 14 found in this Cemetery?

(N.B. Lt. Kingdon T. Frost was also killed in action on 24 August and is commemorated on the La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Memorial. However his grave has since been identified in Wiheries Communal Cemetery.)

'A' Company:





Pt. 9879 Francis James. HEFFERAN

Pt. 7451 Joseph     JONES (A.R.)

Pt. William         MASSEY

'B' Company:





Pt. 6879 Joseph  ARNOTT (A.R.)

Pt. 9060 William    BYRNE

Pt. 10266 Samuel BURKHILL

Pt. 7511 Edward  GOOCH (A.R.)

L/Cpl. 10271 Albert    HOLT

Pt. 7833 William     JONES

Pt. 7034 James McDERMOTT (A.R)

Pt. 7805 George T. MORRIS (A.R.)

Pt. 10083 Henry     NOLAN (A.R.)

Pt. 6986 Thomas PEARSON (A.R.)

Pt. 8720 James UNSWORTH

Pt. 7462 Jeremiah WILKINSON (A.R.)

'C' Company:





Pt. 6771 William BULLOCK (A.R.)

Pt. 8069 Gerald COPPOCK (A.R.)

Pt. 9156 Edward    EATON

Pt. 7879 Arthur     FROST (A.R.)

Pt. 9507 John    HAGGERTY

L/Cpl. 4829 Edward HUGHES

Pt. 6360 Arthur William Joseph WALDEN





'D' Company:





Pt. 7091 James  BARNES (A.R.)

Pt. 7700 Alfred  BELSHAW (A.R.)

Pt. 10088 John      BYRNE

Pt. 8540 Sidney      DALE (A.R.)

Pt. 7831 James       DIXON (A.R.)

Pt. 8036 John      FEENEY (A.R.)

Pt. 7597 Jacob GRIFFITHS (A.R.)

Pt. 7579 George William HOLBROOK (A.R.)

Pt. 7308 Harry HOUGHTON (A.R.)

Pt. 10089 William Henry HULL

Pt. 7769 William  McCANN (A.R.)

Sgt. 8891 Walter  TAYLOR

Pt. 7257 Samuel WHITTAKER (A.R.)

Pt. 10169 James Albert WILLIAMSON



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Tredegar Pit
Tredegar Pit, where Rees worked both before and after his Army Service