In Memory of
Corporal J BELTON
200403, 1st/4th Bn., Royal Welsh Fusiliers
on 22 March 1918
Remembered with honour
HERMIES HILL BRITISH CEMETERY
Commemorated in perpetuity by
the Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission
John Belton was 24 years old when he received his papers and joined the 4th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, in April 1913 at Coedpoeth. He had been employed as a quarry man at Minera Lime Works, living at Gwynfryn, was single, 5’ 5” tall, and appears to have been in good health. In the army he became Private 7189. He later acquired the number 200403 and the rank of Corporal.
Corporal John Belton died on the 22 March 1918. His mother had died, his two older brothers were living in South Wales, another brother and his two married sisters were still living near Minera. John’s father, Thomas Belton, a platelayer by trade who lived close to the lime works, Minera, signed for his effects, the Memorial Scroll and Kings Message. John’s sister, Mary E Wilson of Twenty Houses, Minera, received his medals and the 1914 star.
John Belton had served at home for 1 year and 208 days and served in France from the 5th November 1914 to the 22nd March 1918, 3 years and 138 days, making a total length of service of 4 years and 346 days. On the 22nd March 1918 John died at the 5th London Field Ambulance, France, of wounds received in action.
John was my second cousin twice removed.
Additional Information from www.cwgc.org
Cemetery: HERMIES HILL BRITISH CEMETERY
Location Information: Hermies is a town in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais, approximately 3.5 kilometres south of the road from Bapaume to Cambrai, the N30. From the N30 take the D34 for 3.2 kilometres to its junction with the D5E where the first CWGC sign is situated. The Cemetery lies on the left side of the road, 150 metres from the junction.
Historical Information: Hermies was seized on the morning of the 9th April, 1917, by a surprise attack of the 2nd and 3rd Australian Infantry Battalions. It was held against the advancing Germans on the 22nd March, 1918, by the 17th Division, but evacuated on the following day; and it was retaken in September, 1918. It was later “adopted”, with Havrincourt, by the County Borough of Huddersfield. The cemetery was begun in November, 1917, and carried on by fighting units until March, 1918, and further graves were added in the following September. These original burials comprise nearly the whole of Plot I; the remaining three Plots were added after the Armistice by the concentration of graves from a wide area round Hermies and from certain small cemeteries. There are now over 1,000, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, nearly 300 are unidentified and special memorials are erected to 28 soldiers from the United Kingdom and 3 from Australia, known or believed to be buried among them. Other special memorials record the names of 6 soldiers from the United Kingdom, buried in two German Cemeteries, whose graves were destroyed by shell fire. The cemetery covers an area of 3,629 square metres and is enclosed by a brick wall. The following were among the burial grounds from which British graves were removed to Hermies Hill British Cemetery:- DEMICOURT GERMAN CEMETERY, BOURSIES, at the North end of the hamlet of Demicourt, which contained about 100 German graves and those of 15 unidentified men of the 7th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. HAVRINCOURT COTTAGE GARDEN CEMETERY, made by the 47th (London) Dvision in the Southern part of the village and containing the graves of 30 soldiers from the United Kingdom and 5 Germans who fell in the winter of 1917-1918. HAVRINCOURT WOOD BRITISH CEMETERY, about 1 kilometre South-West of Havrincourt village. It contained the graves of 70 soldiers from the United Kingdom who fell on the 20th November, 1917, the first day of the Battle of Cambrai, and all but 5 of whom belonged to the Infantry of the 62nd (West Riding) Division. HERMIES AUSTRALIAN CEMETERY, on the North-West side of the village, containing the graves of 1 officer and 20 N.C.O.s and men of the 2nd Australian Infantry Battalion, who fell on the 9th April, 1917.
No. of Identified Casualties: 739
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