William VODDEN 

*c. 1888 - †18 Apr 1918


Initials: W
Nationality: United Kingdom
Regiment: King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regt.)
Unit Text: 8th Bn.
Age: 31
Date of Death: 18/04/1918
Service No: 28245
Additional information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. R. Vodden, of 111, Well St., Torrington, Devon.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 19 and 20
Country: France
Locality: Pas de Calais
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Location Information: The Loos Memorial forms the side and back of Dud Corner Cemetery, and commemorates over 20,000 officers and men who have no known grave, who fell in the area from the River Lys to the old southern boundary of the First Army, east and west of Grenay. Loos-en-Gohelle is a village 5 kilometres north-west of Lens, and Dud Corner Cemetery is located about 1 kilometre west of the village, to the north-east of the N43 the main Lens to Bethune road.
Historical Information: Dud Corner Cemetery stands almost on the siteof a German strong point, the Lens Road Redoubt, captured by the 15th(Scottish) Division on the first day of the battle. The name "Dud Corner" is believed to be due to the large number of unexploded enemy shells found in the neighbourhood after 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 orapses, two of which carry tablets, while on the centre apse is erected the Cross of Sacrifice.
No. of Identified Casualties: 20596

  • Errand Boy
  • 1901