Benjamin Thrall war grave

  • Posted on: 15 September 2009
  • By: David Thrale

Private 7722 1st Bn., West Yorkshire Regt. (Prince of Wales's Own) who died on Sunday 15th November 1914.

Category Description
Additional Information: Husband of Mrs. E. Baum (formerly Thrall), of 66, Waring St., Leicester.
Cemetery: Ration Farm Military Cemetery, La Chapelle-D'armentieres, Nord, France
Grave Reference/Panel Number: VIII. B. 3.
Location: Ration Farm Military Cemetery is about 2.5 kms south of the village of La Chapelle-d'Armentieres, on the south-eastern outskirts of Armentieres. Leave La Chapelle-d'Armentieres on the Fleurbaix road and cross over the Motorway bridge. The Cemetery is 500 metres further along on the right hand side of the road.
Historical Information: For much of the war, Ration Farm was just over 1 kilometre behind the front line at the end of a communication trench. The first cemetery, Ration Farm Old Military Cemetery, was begun in February 1915, close beside the farm buildings. It was used until October 1915 chiefly by units of the 6th Division and at the Armistice it contained 73 graves. In April 1923, the graves were moved into Plot VI of the present cemetery, at the request of the French authorities. The present cemetery was begun (as Ration Farm New Military Cemetery) in October 1915 and remained in use until October 1918. It was very greatly increased after the Armistice when graves were brought in from isolated sites and small cemeteries on the battlefield. For the most part, Plots I to V contain the original burials. Among the isolated graves brought in were many of Australian soldiers who died in the Attack at Fromelles on 19 July 1916. There are now 1,312 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in the cemetery. 677 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to six casualties know or believed to be buried among them. The cemetery was designed by Sir Herbert Baker.