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FALFIELD - Pale brown or fallow open land'. Old English fecal + field.
Taken from A Dictionary of Place-Names Oxford University Press, © A.D. Mills 1998.



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Date Born:

Circa 1896

Birth Place:


Date of Death:

2nd December 1917






2nd/6th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment

Service No:


Duty Location:

France & Flanders


Remembered at the Cambrai Memorial.

The Cambrai Memorial stands on a terrace in Louverval Military Cemetery, which is situated on the north side of the N30, south of Louverval village. Louverval is 13 kilometres north-east of Bapaume and 16 kilometres south-west of Cambrai.

The Memorial commemorates more than 7,000 servicemen of the United Kingdom and South Africa who died in the Battle of Cambrai in November and December 1917 and whose graves are not known. Sir Douglas Haig described the object of the Cambrai operations as the gaining of a 'local success by a sudden attack at a point where the enemy did not expect it' and to some extent they succeeded. The proposed method of assault was new, with no preliminary artillery bombardment. Instead, tanks would be used to break through the German wire, with the infantry following under the cover of smoke barrages. The attack began early in the morning of 20 November 1917 and initial advances were remarkable.

However, by 22 November, a halt was called for rest and reorganisation, allowing the Germans to reinforce. From 23 to 28 November, the fighting was concentrated almost entirely around Bourlon Wood and by 29 November, it was clear that the Germans were ready for a major counterattack. During the fierce fighting of the next five days, much of the ground gained in the initial days of the attack was lost. For the Allies, the results of the battle were ultimately disappointing but valuable lessons were learned about new strategies and tactical approaches to fighting. The Germans had also discovered that their fixed lines of defence, no matter how well prepared, were vulnerable.

The Cambrai Memorial was designed by H Chalton Bradshaw with sculpture by C. S. Jagger. The memorial stands on a terrace at one end of Louverval Military Cemetery. The chateau at Louverval was taken by the 56th Australian Infantry Battalion at dawn on 2 April 1917. The hamlet stayed in Allied hands until the 51st (Highland) Division was driven from it on 21 March 1918 during the great German advance, and it was retaken in the following September. Parts of Rows B and C of the cemetery were made between April and December 1917 and in 1927, graves were brought in from Louverval Chateau Cemetery, which had been begun by German troops in March 1918 and used by Commonwealth forces in September and October 1918. The cemetery now contains 124 First World War burials.


British War Medal and Victory Medal

He would also have received the British War Medal and Victory Medal, as it was not awarded singularly.

Eligibility for the Victory Medal consisted of having been mobilised, fighting, having served in any of the theatres of operations, or at sea, between midnight 4th/5th August, 1914, and midnight, 11th/12th November, 1918. Women who served in any of the various military organisations in a theatre of operations were also eligible.

The Victory Medal (British Empire campaign medal) was issued for services between 5th August 1914 and 11th November 1918.

This medal was automatically awarded in the event of death on active service before the completion of this period.


Henry William and Eliza Annie Organ of Falfield, Gloucestershire

Military Information:

2/4th (City of Bristol) Battalion Territorial Force and 2/6th Battalion Territorial Force
Sept 1914 Both formed in Bristol and then moved to Northampton to join the 183rd Brigade of the 61st Division.
April 1915 Moved to Chelmsford.
Feb 1916 Moved to Salisbury Plain.
24.05.1916 Mobilised for war and landed in France and engaged in various actions on the Western Front including;
During 1916
The Attack at Fromelles.
During 1917
The Operations on the Ancre, The German Retreat to the Hindenburg Line, The Battle of Langemarck, The Cambrai Operations.
20.02.1918 Disbanded in France.

Other Information

In the 1901 and 1911 census William was living in Falfield. His father was a Postman and his mother looked after to Sorting Office in Falfield. From the census and baptism records the Organ’s were a large family with a total of thirteen children, five boys and eight girls or which ten are buried in St George’s churchyard.

Credits: St George’s Church Baptism and Burial Records, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Ancestry website, forces-war-records.co.uk.

If anyone believes that any of the information above is incorrect or has information to add to William Ewart David Alfred Organ then please email webmaster@falfield.org.uk


Beatrice Millicent
Buried St George’s Churchyard

Gwendoline Annie
Buried St George’s Churchyard

Winifred Mary

Buried St George’s Churchyard

Ruby Violet
Buried St George’s Churchyard

Gerald Organ
(1903 - 6th mths)
Buried St George’s Churchyard  

Eli Edwin
Buried St George’s Churchyard

Phylis Mildred
Buired St Chads Churchyard, Lichfield

Elton Ernest
Buried St George’s Churchyard  

Ida Blanche
Buried St George’s Churchyard

Edith Gertrude

Hilda Eliza Margaret
Buried St George’s Churchyard

Raymond Richard
Buried St George’s Churchyard

British War Medal

Victory Medal


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