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Dozinghem Military Cemetery

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My favourite cemetery in Belgium has got to be Dozinghem. The reason for that is not just because of the location and peaceful setting, but because there is a Maldon chap there. His name is William Sydney South of the 1st Essex Regiment. I remembered him on the forum on the anniversary of his death - 18th August (1917) - and went and stood by his name on the Maldon Town Memorial at 6.30am that day. However, there are a number of frustrations about this chap:

1). CWGC have recorded his location incorrectly and this has been copied by many other parties/websites - they have it as I.C.19 when it is actually IV.C.19.

2). He was awarded the Military Medal but doesn't appear as one of the medal holder graves on the various websites (other MMs are cited).

3). When I visited yesterday somebody had placed a pebble on the top of his headstone (bit like the Jewish approach - although he wasn't one). I am really pleased about that and would love to know who it was and if it was linked to my posting on the forum on the anniversary.

4). I think I am related to him. My great uncle Stanley William South (born 1907) was possibly linked to William Sydney (born 1886) but try as I might I can't find out how!!.

Still - a special place and a special man.

Thanks to all who care for Dozinghem and special thoughts for William who is not forgotten here in Maldon.

SPN

Maldon

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Maldon

Have you run across Luc Inion? He was brought up locally - the farm slightly to the right as you look towards St Sixtus is the family farm - and is compiling a database of the men who are buried at Dozinghem. If you haven't, PM me for his details if you are interested.

And you are right - Dozinghem is a special place.

Regards

Brian

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Maldon

Thanks for remembering this Maldon MM recipient. He wasn't the only Essex R MM recipient from the town. There were 5 men who were born or lived in Maldon including 19400 Pte (Actg Cpl) Arthur Creasey, 1st Bn k 12 Oct 16

I assume you've spotted that W S South appears in both the 1891 and 1901 censuses as plain Sidney, son of John and Eliza, living at 11 Causeway?

Not the only family of this name in the town in 1901 and, without access to the 1911 census, it is difficult for me to answer the question of whether you are related to him. Happy hunting!

Best wishes

Ian

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Maldon

Have you run across Luc Inion? He was brought up locally - the farm slightly to the right as you look towards St Sixtus is the family farm - and is compiling a database of the men who are buried at Dozinghem. If you haven't, PM me for his details if you are interested.

And you are right - Dozinghem is a special place.

Regards

Brian

Thanks Brian - yes have previously sent Luc some info. on this chap.

Best regards.

SPN

Maldon

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Maldon

Thanks for remembering this Maldon MM recipient. He wasn't the only Essex R MM recipient from the town. There were 5 men who were born or lived in Maldon including 19400 Pte (Actg Cpl) Arthur Creasey, 1st Bn k 12 Oct 16

I assume you've spotted that W S South appears in both the 1891 and 1901 censuses as plain Sidney, son of John and Eliza, living at 11 Causeway?

Not the only family of this name in the town in 1901 and, without access to the 1911 census, it is difficult for me to answer the question of whether you are related to him. Happy hunting!

Best wishes

Ian

Thanks Ian.

I have the following Essex Regiment/Yeomanry Casualties from Maldon (town) and Heybridge:

Yeomanry - 5

1st Battalion Essex Regiment - 18

2nd - 20

3rd - 3

4th - 2

5th - 17

9th - 9

11th - 4

12th - 2

13th - 1

Of those 2 were awarded MMs (South and Creasey).

All the best.

SPN

Maldon

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I seem to remember that the cemetery was set up next to a CCS specislizing in head or stomach wound.

Can someone confirm?

Thanks

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Paul

CCSs 4,47 & 61 were at Dozinghem but I've no idea if one of them specialised in head & stomach wounds.

Regards

Brian

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Dozinghem cemetery 2 january 2011

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Great photo, really atmospheric! Forgotten what sunbeams look like!

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Lovely photo - what a place!

SPN

Maldon

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Dozinghem is indeed a special place, I have visited it a few times to pay my respects to three lads from my (now) home town of Dawley in Shropshire.

I had a great New Year surprise in the shape of an e-mail from a local journalist who had turned up a photo of one of these lads buried there, Pte James Davenport Jones and whose picture is now amongst my collection of the fallen of Dawley.

May they all Rest In Peace

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My Great Uncle James O'Toole 9th Battalion The Royal Dublin Fusiliers (picture below) is buried in Dozinghem. He came from Ratoath County Meath and was 21 years old when he died.

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Many thanks. May those two brave lads and all at Dozinghem rest in peace.

Regards.

SPN

Maldon

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My Great Uncle James O'Toole 9th Battalion The Royal Dublin Fusiliers (picture below) is buried in Dozinghem. He came from Ratoath County Meath and was 21 years old when he died.

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Name: O'TOOLE

Initials: J

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Royal Dublin Fusiliers

Unit Text: 9th Bn.

Date of Death: 18/10/1917

Service No: 28040

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: XII. I. 6.

Cemetery: DOZINGHEM MILITARY CEMETERY

Is that correct? i don't find any grave in XII I 6 with name o'toole

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Frederik, yes that is correct. I did go to the cemetery about 8 years ago but was unable to find XII I 6, the rain was coming down in buckets and although we did not find the grave or memorial the thunder and lighting gave us a brief experience of what it must have been like in the trenches.

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Frederik, yes that is correct. I did go to the cemetery about 8 years ago but was unable to find XII I 6, the rain was coming down in buckets and although we did not find the grave or memorial the thunder and lighting gave us a brief experience of what it must have been like in the trenches.

I looks on my pc to all the photo's from dozinghem (i have all the photo's from every headstone there) and i found only one O'toole (Francis O'toole)

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Hi Frederik,

just had a quick look at your website. The winter shots are fantastic. Seems to make even more peaceful.

Kind regards,

David

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Can anyone help with 50674 Charles Little PVT, 12bn W yorks regt. Wounded 30/9/17, DoW 7/10/17 at 61 CCS? He is at ths cemetery and is a relative.

Cheers

Dave

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