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Unexploded shell near Bellewaerde. June 2011

Cyril Joseph Glanville Livesey

In early January 1918 the Middlesex Regt relieved the Royal Irish Rifles to the north of Passchendaele. Cyril Livesey was sent forward to try and locate the German positions but as he was making his way across the muddy wasteland he was shot.

Private W Tabor and Company Sergeant Major J Ayres volunteered to recover Livesy’s body the following night.They did find the body and dragged it through mud,barbed wire and enemy fire until they were only 10 yards from the British lines. However Tabor was suffering from broken ribs sustained through an earlier fall and they were unable to do any more.

Pte Tabor was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal and CSM Ayres the Divisional Commander’s Parchment Certificate for their efforts. Unfortunately 23 year old Cyril Joseph Glanville Livesey was never found and his name is now listed on Panel 113 to 115 of The Tyne Cot Memorial.

Peter De Jersey

The Royal Guernsey was originally formed for the defence of the Channel Islands but such were British and Commonwealth losses that even home defence units had to be sent to the front. The Guernsey’s found themselves in the Ypres Salient from January 1918 and while serving with the 29th Division they lost 149. Among them was Peter De Jersey and he is remembered on Panel 161 of The Tyne Cot Memorial.

Archie Stocks

The Yorks and Lancs raided the German trenches in the Judge Cross Roads sector near Polygon Wood on the night of 25th March 1918; they achieved complete surprise and captured 4 Germans and 2 machine guns. Several Germans were killed while the raiding party lost Lt Warburton and 7 men wounded.

It was not until the nest day when the battalion withdrew from the line that it was noticed that Lt Warburton’s servant,Archie Stocks was missing.Not part of the nominal roll for the raiding party he observed it from a nearby shell crater and must have decided that his place was with his officer. He ventured out into No Man’s Land but was never seen again. He is listed on Panels 125 – 128 of The Tyne Cot Memorial.


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