In Memory of

 

ARTHUR DISS

Private

12043

9th Bn., Essex Regiment

who died on

Sunday, 17th October 1915. Age 17.

 

Additional Information:

Brother of Mr. L. Diss, of 82. Bridge Rd., Halstead, Essex.

 

 

Commemorative Information

 

Memorial:

LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France

 

Location:

Loos-en-Gohelle is a village about 5 kilometres northwest of Lens. It covers the period from the first day of the Battle of Loos to the date of the Armistice. On either side of the cemetery is a wall 15 feet high, to which are fixed tablets on which are carved the names of those commemorated. At the back are four small circular courts, open to the sky, in which the lines of tablets are continued, and between these courts are three semicircular walls or apses, two of which carry tablets, while on the centre apse is erected the Cross of Sacrifice.

 

 

In Memory of

 

CEDRIC LEONARD ASHLEY DISS

Able Seaman

C/JX 163110

H.M.S. Sikh, Royal Navy

who died on

Wednesday, 19th August 1942. Age 19.

 

Additional Information: Son of Mrs. E. E. Diss, of Halstead, Essex.

 

 

Commemorative Information

 

Memorial:

CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent, United Kingdom

 

Location:

The Memorial overlooks the town of Chatham and is approached by a steep path from the Town Hall Gardens.

 

 

 

In Memory of

 

EILEEN DISS

who died on

Tuesday, 27th March 1945. Age 16.

 

Additional Information:

of 52 Hughes Mansions, Vallance Road. Daughter of the late Walter and Caroline Diss. at Hughes Mansions.

 

Commemorative Information

 

Cemetery:

METROPOLITAN BOROUGH OF STOKE NEWINGTON, Section of the Civilian War Dead Register

 

 

In Memory of

 

ERIC SIDNEY DISS

Corporal

7634791

Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers

who died on

Monday, 20th August 1945. Age 31.

 

Additional Information:

Son of Frederick Sydney and Annie Hird Diss; husband of Mary Diss, of Colne, Lancashire.

 

Commemorative Information

 

Cemetery:

DJAKARTA WAR CEMETERY, Indonesia

Grave Reference/

Panel Number: 5. A. 1.

Location:

Jakarta (Djakarta) lies on the northwest coast of the island of Java. Djakarta War Cemetery is in the suburb of Menteng Poeloe, 11 kilometres from the city centre and is adjacent to the Netherlands Field of Honour, Jakarta Selatam (South Jakarta). It can be reached by two main roads - Jalan Dr Saharto and Jalan Casablanca. The Cemetery is entered on the northern side by a short flight of steps leading into the Memorial building. The entrance faces the old civilian cemetery where hawkers from the local market often spill out, partly blocking access to the cemetery. The local name for the cemetery is Makam Perang Jakarta.

 

Historical Information:

Jakarta, the capital of the Republic of Indonesia, lies on the north-west coast of the island of Java. It was the administrative capital of the former Netherlands East Indies and was known as Batavia, the name used in the records of the 1939-1945 War. Batavia was the port by which thousands of British and Commonwealth servicemen entered Java in February 1942 from Singapore and Sumatra, shortly

before the Japanese invasion of the island. It was defended by Nos. 232 and 605 (Fighter) Squadrons from Tjililitan airfield, a few miles distant. Although greatly outnumbered and dwindling in strength, the fighters remained in action in defence of the capital from 17th-27th February. The 77th Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment was also employed in Batavia's defence. On 25th February H.M.S. Exeter, Electra, Encounter and Jupiter and H.M.A.S Perth sailed from Batavia to join the Eastern Striking Force at Sourabaya before meeting the Japanese in the Battle of the Java Sea (see page iv). On 1st March the Japanese landed near Batavia, by the 4th the Dutch had ordered its evacuation, and on the 5th the Japanese occupied the town.

 

Most of the Allied prisoners of war captured in Java were later concentrated in a number of prison camps around Batavia, one of the largest being "Bicycle Camp", so named because it had been the barracks of a Dutch cycle battalion. The camp held among its first prisoners 300 survivors of H.M.A.S. Perth, and 250 soldiers of the 2/15th Punjab Regiment who had fought in Borneo. In 1961 at the request of the Indonesian Government, the Commonwealth dead from the Netherlands Field of Honour at Sourabaya, and from those at Palembang, Medan and Muntok in Sumatra, were brought into the cemetery, which already contained 474 Commonwealth war graves. Additional land was acquired to accommodate all the graves, and the total number of burials was increased to over 1,000.

 

Jakarta War Cemetery therefore contains the graves of many who died in defence of Java and Sumatra during the swift Japanese advance in 1942 and many others who perished afterwards as prisoners of war. Among the dead were sailors who fought in the Battle of the Java Sea, soldiers of "Blackforce" including a number of Australians whose graves lie together in plot 6, and airmen who died in flying battle and airfield defence. The cemetery is entered on its northern side by a short flight of steps leading into a memorial building. Two main grass avenues cross the site, one running north-south and one east-west, and the Cross of Sacrifice stands at their intersection. The graves of members of the forces of undivided India lie on a terrace in the southern part of the cemetery. Here an Indian Forces monument has been set up; it is a stone pillar crowned by a sculptured wreath and bearing wreaths on two sides, with "INDIA" inscribed below one and "PAKISTAN" below the other. The graves are marked by bronze plaques set in concrete pedestals. The cemetery is covered with turf and planted with many colourful sub-tropical trees and shrubs.

 

In Memory of

 

HERBERT RICHARD DISS

 

Petty Officer Writer

D/MX 86604

H.M.S. Victorious, Royal Navy

who died on

Tuesday, 16th October 1945. Age 32.

 

Additional Information:

Son of Herbert and Edith Diss; husband of Florence R. Diss, of Barnstaple, Devon.

 

 

Commemorative Information

 

Memorial:

PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon, United Kingdom

 

Location:

The Memorial is situated centrally on The Hoe, which overlooks directly towards

Plymouth Sound. It is accessible at all times.

 

In Memory of

 

HENRY REGINALD DISS

who died on Monday, 26th August 1940. Age 38.

 

Additional Information:

Son of Mrs. R. Hancock, of 48 Mill Lane, Sawston, Cambridgeshire. at Debden Aerodrome.

 

Commemorative Information

 

Cemetery:

RURAL DISTRICT OF SAFFRON WALDEN, Section of the Civilian War Dead Register

 

 

In Memory of

 

A R DISS

Serjeant

10950

5th Bn., King's Shropshire Light Infantry

who died on

Tuesday, 1st June 1915. Age 39.

 

Additional Information:

Husband of Alice M. Diss, of 2, Lucerne Terrace, Hadley, Wellington, Salop.

 

Commemorative Information

 

Cemetery:

RAILWAY DUGOUTS BURIAL GROUND, ZILLEBEKE, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

 

Location:

Railway Dugouts Burial Ground (Transport Farm) is located 2 kilometres south-east

of Ieper town centre, on the Komenseweg, a road connecting Ieper to Komen (N336).

 

Historical Information:

 

At 2 kilometres west of the village of Zillebeke the railway runs on an embankment,

overlooking a small farmstead known to the British Army as Transport Farm. It is a

place screened by slightly rising ground to the East, and burials on the site of the

cemetery began in April, 1915. They were continued until the Armistice, especially in

1916 and 1917, when Advanced Dressing Stations were placed in the Dugouts and

the farm.

 

 

In Memory of

 

E DISS

 

Private

154536

2nd Div. Mechanical Transport Coy., Canadian Army Service Corps

who died on

Friday, 18th April 1919.

 

Additional Information:

Brother of Elsie M. Habberfield, of 42, Criffel Avenue, Streatham Hill, London, England.

 

Commemorative Information

 

Cemetery:

BROOKWOOD MILITARY CEMETERY, Surrey, United Kingdom

 

Location:

Brookwood is 30 miles from London (M3 to Bagshot and then A322

 

Historical Information:

Brookwood Cemetery, is a very extensive burial ground near Woking, in the North-West corner of Surrey. Brookwood and Woking were afforested by Henry II, but disafforested about 1225. The name "Brookwood" has reference to the large woods of oak which grew in this district in former times from which, according to local tradition, timber was used in the construction of many sailing ships. Brookwood

 

In Memory of

 

FRANK DISS

 

Private

154535

2nd M.T. Coy., Canadian Army Service Corps

who died on

Tuesday, 25th February 1919. Age 33.

 

Additional Information:

Son of Alfred and Florence Diss, of Colchester, England; husband of Elizabeth Diss,

of McKay, Vancouver, British Columbia.

 

Commemorative Information

 

Cemetery:

BELGRADE CEMETERY, Namur, Namur, Belgium

 

Location:

Belgrade Cemetery is in the commune of St Servais on the road to Nivelles.

 

Historical Information:

Namur (in Flemish, Namen,) the capital of the Province of Namur, is a cathedral city on the Meuse. It was attacked by the Germans on the 20th August, 1914; the forts were destroyed by heavy artillery, and at midnight on the 23rd-24th the garrison evacuated the place. Namur remained in German hands until the end of the War; it was then, for ten months, the home of British Casualty Clearing Stations, and many of the British soldiers buried in the cemetery died after the Armistice. There are now over 200, 1914-18 and a small number of 1939-45 war casualties commemorated in this site.

 

 

In Memory of

 

HENRY JOHN DISS

Lance Corporal

6990

4th Bn., Middlesex Regiment

who died on

Saturday, 24th October 1914. Age 32.

 

Additional Information:

Son of Henry and Emma Diss, of Camberwell, London. Husband of May Henrietta Stewart (formerly Diss), of 24, Vincent Rd., Norwich.

 

Commemorative Information

 

Cemetery:

BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France

Location:

Boulogne Eastern Cemetery is one of the Town Cemeteries and stands on high ground on the eastern side of Boulogne, on the road to St. Omer.

 

Historical Information:

Boulogne, was one of the three Base ports most extensively used by the British Armies on the Western Front, throughout the 1914-18 War. It was closed and cleared on the 27th August, 1914, in consequence of the retreat of the Allies; but it was opened again in October, and from that month to the end of the war Boulogne and Wimereux formed one of the chief Hospital areas.

 

In Memory of

 

J D DISS

Gunner

125215

306th Bde., Royal Field Artillery

who died on

Thursday, 30th August 1917.

 

Commemorative Information

 

Cemetery:

WIMEREUX COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France

 

Location:

Wimereux is a small town situated about 5 kilometres north of Boulogne.

 

Historical Information:

Wimereux was the Headquarters of the Q.M.A.A.C. during the 1914-18 war, and in 1919 it became the General Headquarters of the British Army. From October, 1914, onwards, Boulogne and Wimereux formed an important British hospital centre; and until June, 1918, the Medical Units at Wimereux buried their dead in the Communal Cemetery, the South-Eastern (or right-hand) half of which was set aside for British graves.

 

In Memory of

 

KENNETH ERNEST DISS

Gunner

946100

144 (The Surrey and Sussex Yeomanry) Field Regt., Royal Artillery., Royal Artillery

who died on

Friday, 5th December 1941. Age 23.

 

Additional Information:

Son of Albert E. and Louie A. Diss, of Eltham, London.

 

Commemorative Information

 

Memorial:

ALAMEIN MEMORIAL, Egypt

Location:

The Alamein Memorial forms the entrance to the El Alamein War Cemetery. Alamein is a village, bypassed by the main coast road, approximately 130 kilometres west of Alexandria on the road to Mersa Matruh.

 

Historical Information:

The Alamein Memorial commemorates nearly 12,000 Second World War casualties

 

 

In Memory of

 

LEONARD FRED DISS

Greaser

S.S. "Narragansett" (Greenock), Mercantile Marine

who died on

Friday, 16th March 1917. Age 17.

 

Additional Information:

Son of Florence May Diss, of 58, Elm Rd., Grays, Essex. Born at Tilbury.

 

Commemorative Information

 

Memorial:

TOWER HILL MEMORIAL, London, United Kingdom

 

 

Historical Information:

 

 

In Memory of

 

ROBERT DISS

Private

12106

9th Bn., Lincolnshire Regiment

who died on

Thursday, 7th October 1915. Age 30.

 

Commemorative Information

 

Cemetery:

HOLBEACH CEMETERY, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom

 

 

In Memory of

 

ROBERT WILLIAM DISS

Flight Sergeant

1445548

Air Bomber

158 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

who died on

Tuesday, 11th April 1944.

 

Commemorative Information

 

Cemetery:

MEHARICOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Somme, France

 

Location:

Meharicourt is a village and commune 32 kilometres east-south-east of Amiens and some 7 kilometres south of the road from that town to St. Quentin. The Communal Cemetery is on the north-western side of the village on the road to Rosieres.

 

Historical Information:

There are now over 40, 1939-45 war casualties commemorated in this site.

 

In Memory of

 

STANLEY ALEXANDER DISS

Private

43972

23rd Bn., Middlesex Regiment

who died on

Saturday, 23rd March 1918. Age 25.

 

Additional Information:

Son of I. and Caroline Diss, of 62, Trinity Square, Halstead, Essex.

 

Commemorative Information

 

Cemetery:

VAULX HILL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France

 

Location:

Vaulx-Vraucourt is a village in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais, 6 kilometres north-east of Bapaume.

 

Historical Information:

Vaulx-Vraucourt village was taken in the spring of 1917, lost (after severe fighting) in March, 1918, and retaken in the following September.

 

In Memory of

 

THOMAS DISS

Private

12534

8th Bn., North Staffordshire Regiment

who died on

Saturday, 18th November 1916. Age 32.

 

Additional Information: Son of Thomas Diss.

 

Commemorative Information

 

Memorial:

THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France

 

In Memory of

 

THOMAS DISS

Serjeant

8915

5th Bn., Wiltshire Regiment

who died on

Friday, 7th July 1916. Age 23.

 

Additional Information:

Son of Thomas and Charlotte Diss, of 30, Coppermill Lane, Lower Tooting, London; husband of Alice Maud Rimen (formerly Diss), of Cashmoor, Farnham. Blandford. Dorset. Angora

 

Commemorative Information

 

Cemetery:

BAGHDAD (NORTH GATE) WAR CEMETERY, Iraq

 

Location:

Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery is 800 metres beyond the North Gate of the City of Baghdad on the south-eastern side of the road to Baguba.

 

Historical Information:

Baghdad is a city on both banks of the Tigris, 220 miles from the Persian Gulf. It was built in the year 763, and for some time it was the capital of the Caliphate. In 1914 it was a place of some 150,000 inhabitants, the capital of one of the three mesopotanian vilayets, the Headquarters of the Turkish Army in Mesopotamia, and a trading centre of supreme importance. It was the objective of Indian Expeditionary Force "D" from - at the least - March 1915, and it was the goal of the force besieged and captured in Kut. It fell into British hands on the 11th March 1917. The "Operations for the consolidation of the position at Baghdad" lasted to the 30th April; but meanwhile it had become the Advanced Base, with two Stationary Hospitals and three Casualty Clearing Stations.

 

1939-1945 Iraq, formerly Mesopotamia and an integral part of the Turkish Empire, became a Kingdom after the 1914-1918 War when, under the Treaty of Lausanne (1923), Turkey renounced sovereignty over Mesopotamia; but a republican form of Government was set up in 1958 after the assassination of Faisal II and other members of the Royal Family. Lying between the rivers Euphrates and Tigris, and stretching from Turkey on the north and north-east to the Persian Gulf in the south and south-east, and from Iran (Persia) on the east to Syria and the Arabian Desert on the west, Iraq corresponds approximately to ancient Mesopotamia. In 1914 Baghdad was the Headquarters of the Turkish Army, and during the 1914-1918 War was the objective of Indian Expeditionary Force "D," and the goal of the forces besieged and captured at Kut. It fell into British hands on 11th March 1917, and became the Advanced Base with two Stationary Hospitals and three Casualty Clearing Stations. During the 1939-1945 War it was again the British objective. The 20th Indian Infantry Brigade reached Baghdad from Shaiba by the Euphrates route on 12th June 1941, and the 21st Indian Infantry Brigade (less two Battalions), part of the 13th Duke of Connaught's Own Lancers, and the 157th Field Regiment, R.A. arrived on 19th June via the Tigris. An Advanced Base was established later near the city and remained in use until "PAIFORCE" left the country in 1946.

 

In Memory of

 

THOMAS WILLIAM DISS

Private

15689

2nd Bn., Devonshire Regiment

who died on

Sunday, 31st March 1918.

 

Commemorative Information

 

Memorial:

POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France

 

Location:

Pozieres is a village some 6 kilometres north-east of the town of Albert. The Memorial encloses Pozieres British Cemetery, which is a little south-west of the village on the north side of the main road, D929, from Albert to Pozieres.

 

Historical Information:

The Memorial relates to the period of crisis in March and April 1918 when the Fifth Army was driven back by overwhelming numbers across the former Somme battlefields, and to the succeeding period of four months during which there was built up, behind the new front, of the army, which on the 8 August 1918 began the Advance to Victory.

 

 

In Memory of

 

WILLIAM DISS

Gunner

221096

"D" Bty. 255th Bde., Royal Field Artillery

who died on

Saturday, 29th September 1917. Age 25.

 

Additional Information:

Son of Fredrick and Mary Ann Diss; husband of Gladys Irene Diss, of 28, Beachcroft Rd., Leytonstone, London. Born at Bishop's Stortford, Herts.

 

Commemorative Information

 

Cemetery:

VLAMERTINGHE NEW MILITARY CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

 

 

Historical Information:

Vlamertinghe was, during the greater part of the War, just outside the normal range of enemy shell fire, and it was used both by Artillery units and by Field Ambulances. There are now nearly 2,000, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site.

 

 

In Memory of

 

WILLIAM FREDERICK DISS

Private

43741

11th Bn., Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

who died on

Thursday, 16th August 1917.

 

Commemorative Information

 

Memorial:

TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium