Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Sutton Veny Australian War Cemetery

Sutton Veny Cemetery


Read through our names, and think of us, now dead,

Who stood here once, like you, and also read

The names of men who in another war

Died, as we died, and see there is no more.

(by John Buxton)

The 26th Division was concentrated at Sutton Veny in April 1915 and No 1 Australian Command was there from the end of 1916 to October 1919. There was also a hutted military hospital of more than 1200 beds at Sutton Veny for much of the war and No 1 Australian General Hospital was stationed there after the Armistice.

It is particularly sad that these great men and women, some of whom had survived the terrible conditions and slaughter on the battlefield, were to die in Sutton Veny of sickness on their way home. If you live in or near Sutton Veny, why not print out the details of a soldier below, go and visit their grave and leave a flower so they are remembered, valued and loved despite being far from home.

In addition to the yearly Anzac Service in St Johns Church on the Sunday closest to the 25th of April, the children from Sutton Veny Primary School conduct a yearly Commemorative Service in the Cemetery on Anzac Day. Further details can be seen on the Anzac Day Services page.

The cemetery contains 168 First World War burials, 167 of them in a plot at the north west corner of the church. Of these, 144 are Australian and are listed below. (click on those names with links to be directed to where there is more information below)

Anderson (served as Hegarty) A J

Andrews WT

Atrentz EG

Ashton CG

Atkins A

Bailey TF

Bakes HR

Balding AG

Bantick GH

Baxter J

Beggs NFH

Berry A

Best V

Bonnefin FAA

Boon HJG

Borgmeyer AJ

Braddish AJ

Bryans J

Burgess DW

Cameron JL

Cameron MW

Cameron RJ

Carey WH

Carson AE

Cerini WC

Collingwood SC

Collis FJ

Conley VH

Cox GS

Cunningham JW

Cussen JS

Darker RH

Degidan J

Donnelly DD

Drake KG

Durkin JH

Eaton E

Ellery WH

Evans CJ

Flakelar PJ

Fletcher GH

Flodin OW

Fordham AJ

Forsyth AA

Gardner GC

Garrett FH

Griffiths WJ

Grills WJ

Haddow A

Hearn G

Henry EC

Higgins DC

Hill FJ

Hodges AE

Huet FPY

Jacobs AT

Jago AL

Simpson RH

Simms WJ

Skinner AJ

Smiley EJ

Smith ALT

Smith JW

South H

Sowton FL

Stoops JJ

Surman BW

Syle WR

Taylor G

Thompson JW

Thomson AJ

Tubb AL

Vanderwolf CJ

Vincent JD

Wakefield WB

Walker E

Watts F

Webber G MM

White FJ

Widdows SG

Wilkes EH

Willows EW

Witts RG

Worseldine HH

Yeark AJ

Young DC
Nixon HG

Oisson FN

Ostrom AH

Owen C

Owens JR

Page J MM

Parker RS

Parkes AL

Paterson EA

Peut NG

Pittard CH

Plummer HA

Podmore J MM

Polkinghorne S

Proud AE

Quick R

Quihampton WN

Robinson G

Rose E

Rosenthal CHR

Rosevear CH

Ryan H

Ryan T

Sager WE

Sampson J

Sampson WH

Scott-Millar E

Shepperd AE
Jones AF

Jones ES

Kerr BR (d 1958)

Kirk SD

Kitchin W

Laidlaw JW DCM

Lane WJ

Lapish DM

Laracy EJ

Leach GR

Lewis H

Lilley CE

McCurdy JJ

McKelvie A

McLuckie JL

McPherson AC

McPherson CJ

Maloney DG

Matthews AR

Matthews CG

Meacham HA

Mitchell RP

Moore HEW

Morris TF

Morton RL

Murray RHK

Mytton E

Niven TN
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The Cemetery as bodies were interred in 1918 and as it is today (click on the images to enlarge). Note the same large headstones in both pictures.
Sutton Veny Cemetery 2013
Sutton Veny Cemetery 1918

Some of the information on the links below are from Connecting Spirits. This is a project that involves children from Australia visiting sites and researching those that died to help keep their name alive. Our thanks and appreciation are given to the young people who did this research and visited Sutton Veny. Their picture and names are on the relevant pages.
Further information:

Andrews. He was the son of William and Mary Anne Andrews, husband of Annie Andrews, born in Sydney in 1883 he was aged 35 when he died. He was stationed on Salisbury Plain in 1918 awaiting transfer to Germany, when he became a victim of the Flu epidemic in 1918 and died of pneumonia. He was a member of the Australian Infantry 2nd Battalion and had enlisted in 1916. His grave is no.368 B. E 22 Buried St John Church Sutton Veny

Best V More information is here.

Borgmeyer A J More information is here.

Cameron M W. Private Murdoch William Cameron SX 2304. Born 2.2.1894 on Witera Station near the township of Talia in South Australia Occupation prior to enlisting was a Farrier He enlisted in Adelaide 17.8.1915 Aged 21. Joined the 32nd Battalion Left Australia on the boat "Anchises" on 30.3.1916. During the 3 years he fought in France where he was wounded 3 times. He suffered Influenza twice. Contracted Pleurisy which claimed his life 7.4.1919 Aged 25. Died at the Sutton Veny Army Hospital. Buried with full army honours at the Sutton Veny Churchyard 9.4.1919. Received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. A link to more information is here.

Collis Francis Joseph (1892-1918) and his younger brother Albert Edward Collis (1894-1917) of Brighton in Tasmania; enlisted in 12th Bn Australian Inf. on the same day and sailed together on board the Ulysses to Plymouth in 1916. Francis died aged 25 at Sutton Veny Hospital on 23 March 1918 of generalised tuberculosis after being first wounded and then returned to hospital with 'trench fever'; his brother Albert died of wounds on 21 September 1917 aged 22 and is buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery in Belgium. They were the middle sons of Nicholas & Mary Jane Collis of Brighton Junction, Tasmania. Lest we forget!

Degidan. Brothers - Dvr 31524 Patrick Degidan (3rd Division Ammunition Column) and Dvr 31523 Michael Degidan (13th Field Ambulance Brigade) enlisted on the same day at Yorketown, South Australia. After active service on the Western Front, Michael Degidan returned safely to Australia in March 1919. Not so his brother, Patrick Degidan died of tuberculosis at Sutton Veny, January 13th 1918, aged 28. A link with more information is here.
Durkin. He was murdered in Sutton Veny and the account of the investigation is here. Verney Asser was a thirty year old Australian soldier who was sentenced to death by Mr Justice Avory at Wiltshire Assizes on 16 January for the murder of Corporal Joseph Harold Durkin. Both men were training instructors in the 2nd Training Battalion stationed at Sutton Veney camp on Salisbury Plain, and specialised in handling the new Lewis machine gun. On the night of 27 November 1917, Durkin was found shot dead in his bunk after Asser had raised the alarm in response to a weapon's discharge. At first it appeared that Durkin had committed suicide but investigation by Sir Bernard Spilsbury ruled out the possibility. As Asser was the only other occupant of the hut, suspicion fell on him and he was later charged with the murder. He was hanged by John Ellis and William Willis at Shepton Mallet on the 5 March 1918.

Ellery W H More information is here.

Jago A L More information is here.

Laidlaw JW DCM. Citation for the Distinguished Conduct Medal: "It is brought to notice for gallant conduct with a pack mule convoy on the 23rd of October, 1917 near BROODSEINDE. When the convoy was nearing BROODSEINDE it ran into an enemy barrage which caused casualties and confusion amongst the men and mules. Driver Laidlaw, with great coolness and resource, collected the animals that had broken away and helped reload the rations from the dead mules to his one, and went on again. He is strongly recommended for distinction".

Lewis H More information is here.

McPherson A C Angus Cameron McPherson born 16th March 1886 at Manly, Sydney. NSW. Australia. Son of John McPherson and Jeanie Fulton both from Glasgow, Scotland. Angus married Olive May Walker on 1st March 1913. They had four children Angus, Olive, Mary and Ruby. He enlisted 22nd April 1918 at the age of 32 years. Service Number 54233 in the AIF. Departing Sydney 19th June 1918. Angus died 11th October 1918 at Sutton Veny Miltary Hospital on leave with the dreaded flu. He was buried in St Johns Church Yard, Sutton Veny. Leaving behind in Australia, a wife and four children under four years. Compiled by Olives Daughter. Granddaughter of Angus Cameron McPherson. See here for some pictures

Maloney D G More information is here.

Morris T F Thomas Frederick Morris was born around 1888 in Bundaberg, North Queensland. He was the 2nd child of Thomas Hodson Morris and his wife Fanny nee Hales. He was a gunner in the 3rd Australian Field Artillery and he enlisted in Bundaberg where he had been employed as a grazier. He sailed to Marseilles and travelled to the front by train. At some point he was wounded and spent time at a hospital in Norwich then returned to France. He was gassed and then sent to Sutton Veny to convalesce.
Page J MM The highest ranking and most decorated Australian who died on 11 November 1918 was Military Medal recipient Sergeant John Page (service number 2135). Born near Quirindi in New South Wales, he enlisted on 13 April 1916. He was an unmarried 28-year-old contractor who nominated his father Peter as his next of kin. On 24 August he embarked with the 3rd reinforcements of the 34th Battalion. He disembarked in England in October and proceeded to France in November. He was appointed Lance Corporal in January 1917, the first of a series of promotions.

On 6 May 1917 he was admitted to hospital suffering a gunshot wound to the groin. He spent several weeks in hospital but rejoined his unit on 15 June and five days later was appointed temporary Corporal. On 15 July, while serving in Belgium, he was wounded for a second time when he suffered a gunshot wound to the neck. He was admitted to hospital in England and shortly after reverted to the rank of Lance Corporal. On 27 October he rejoined his unit, who were now located in France, and in mid-November he was promoted to Corporal. In early December he was promoted to Sergeant. During January-February 1918 he spent six weeks at Brigade School before rejoining his unit on 23 February.

For his actions in early March he was awarded the Military Medal. His citation reads as follows: For devoted service on night of 4-5/3/18 during raid on enemy trenches in vicinity of Warneton. With his party he was temporarily held up by superior numbers of the enemy in the trench leading to his final objective but by his personal courage and determined fighting he eventually cleared the way for the advance. His gallant efforts were of the highest value, and relieved a critical situation for his party.

On 31 August, while serving in France, he was wounded for a third time. He was admitted to hospital in England suffering a gunshot wound to his right arm. He was released from hospital on 16 September and on 22 October 1918 he married 20-year-old domestic servant Elsie Hawkins. The wedding took place in the parish church of her hometown of Harefield, Middlesex. On 31 October he was hospitalised with influenza and he died on 11 November, just three weeks after the wedding and was buried in Sutton Veny, England.

Parker R S More information is here.

Pittard C H More information is here.

Rosenthal C H R More information is here.

Sowton F L More information is here.

Tyson F I C More information is here.

Walker J M Jean was born in Tasmania, Australia on 16 Nov 1878 and died on 20 Oct 1918. She was the matron of the Sutton Veny Hospital. More details on her life and her funeral in Sutton Veny is here and her biography is here.

Webber G, MM. Citation for the Military Medal. "For conspicuous bravery and endurance at ZONNEBEKE on 18th of October 1917 during heavy enemy barrage and counter attack, he went out into No Man's Land several times and bandaged and carried wounded men back to our lines, thus saving many of his comrades. His coolness and courage was most marked and he was an example to all."
To find out more about each soldier, follow this link:

http://www.awm.gov.au/database/biographical.asp

Select Roll of Honour, enter the search words Sutton Veny, and the war records and cause of death for each soldier above is displayed. (If you have more information than that displayed above, then please email Email1 with it accordingly.)