Grove Town Cemetery, Méaulte
In September 1916, the 34th and 2/2nd London Casualty Clearing Stations were established at this point - known to the troops as Grove Town - to deal with casualties from the Somme battlefields. They were moved in April 1917 and, except for a few burials in August and September 1918, the Cemetery was closed.
The Cemetery stood next to one of the tracks fanning out northwards from Bray to reach the old frontline trenches between Fricourt and Maricourt.
Grove Town Cemetery contains 1,392 First World War burials, including the grave of Whitham Ormerod (Grave Ref. II. B. 37.), of the 2nd Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment, who died on 26 October 1916.
|20153 PRIVATE / W. ORMEROD / EAST LANCASHIRE REGIMENT / 26TH OCTOBER 1916 / THOUGH LOST TO SIGHT / TO MEMORY EVER DEAR|
|19413 LANCE CPL / J.J. WILLCOCKS / BEDFORDSHIRE REGIMENT /
26TH SEPTEMBER 1916. / IN THE MIDST OF LIFE / WE ARE IN DEATH
(Grave Ref. I. G. 11)
Joseph John Willcocks - "Son of Edward Herbert and Marion Willcocks, of 253, Brettenham Rd., Upper Edmonton, London. Born at Tottenham, London."
Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register