Whitby High School
Battlefields Tour 18-21st March 2006

Vimy - Albert - Somme Tour, France - Monday 20th - Sunday 19th March

Corporal F Venables

1st Battalion Cheshire Regiment
Died 14th March 1915 - Aged 21

Spoilbank Cemetery, Ypres, West Vlaanderen, Belgium

Spoilbank is marked No.26 near Lankhoff

There were two Venables brothers killed in action. Both were killed aged 21 - Lance Corporal A Venables, also of the Cheshires, was killed in the Battle of the Somme a year after his brother in July 1916. Their mother Annie of 5 Lime Street, Ellesmere Port, had already lost her husband Alfred, now she was to face further tragedy with the loss of her two sons barely into adulthood.

Spoilbank Cemetery was begun in February 1915, and used by troops holding this sector until March 1918. It was enlarged after the Armistice when graves were brought in from the battlefields of Ypres. The cemetery contains 520 burials and commemorations of the First World War. 125 of the burials are unidentified and special memorials are erected to 11 casualties known or believed to be buried among them. The cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

Casualty Details

Initials: F
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Corporal
Regiment/Service: Cheshire Regiment
Unit Text: 1st Bn.
Age: 21
Date of Death: 14/03/1915
Service No: 10058
Additional information: Son of Annie Venables, of 5, Lime St., Ellesmere Port, Birkenhead, and the late Alfred Venables.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: I. H. 8.


In Memory of

10058, 1st Bn., Cheshire Regiment
who died age 21
on 14 March 1915
Son of Annie Venables, of 5, Lime St., Ellesmere Port, Birkenhead, and the late Alfred Venables.
Remembered with honour

Commemorated in perpetuity by
the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Lime Street, Ellesmere Port today

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