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Henry Edward Tonks

Male 1885 - 1918  (33 years)


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  • Name Henry Edward Tonks 
    Born 1885  Polesworth, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Name Harry Edward Tonks 
    Baptism 13 May 1888  Saint Peter's, Mancetter, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Occupation Private, 1st Bn., Sherwood Foresters 
    Miltary Service Abt 1918 
    1st Bn., Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regt.) 
    Service Number 1918 
    Private 60678 
    Died 27 May 1918  Marfaux, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried Jun 1918  British Cemetery, Marne, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • In Memory of
      H E TONKS
      Private 60678
      1st Bn., Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regt.)
      who died on
      Monday, 27th May 1918. Age 27.
      Additional Information: Son of the late Henry and Elizabeth Tonks, of Atherstone, Warwickshire.

      Commemorative Information
      Cemetery: MARFAUX BRITISH CEMETERY, Marne, France
      Grave Reference/
      Panel Number: XI. H. 3.

      Location: Marfaux is 18.5 kilometres from Reims and 16 kilometres from Epernay. Marfaux British Cemetery is about one kilometre south-east of the village along the RD386, on the north-east side of the road to Nanteuil-la-Foret and on the south-east side of the crossroad from Bois-de-Courton. The Marfaux (New Zealand) Memorial takes the forms of a panel stone erected in the shelter in Marfaux British Cemetery, and commemorates, by name, 10 casualties of the New Zealand Cyclist Battalion who fell in July 1918 and who have no known grave.

      Historical Information: Marfaux was captured by the Germans in May 1918, and retaken, after severe fighting, on the 23rd July, by the 51st (Highland) and 62nd (West Riding) Divisions and the New Zealand Cyclist Battalion. The cemetery was begun after the Armistice by the concentration of graves from the battlefields and from other Military Cemeteries in the Marne; and all these burials, with perhaps three exceptions, are those of soldiers who fell in the months from May to August 1918. There are over 1,000, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, over 300 are unidentified and special memorials are erected to eight soldiers from the United Kingdom known or believed to be buried among them. Other special memorials record the names of 12 soldiers from the United Kingdom, buried in other cemeteries, whose graves could not be found. Ten of the New Zealand Cyclist Battalion who fell in July 1918, whose graves could not be found, are commemorated on a memorial erected in the shelter. The cemetery covers an area of 4,162 square metres and is enclosed on three sides by a low rubble wall. The following are short particulars of the burial grounds from which British graves were moved to Marfaux British Cemetery, with the numbers of soldiers from the United Kingdom buried in each and the dates of death :- BASLIEUX MILITARY CEMETERY, a little North of the village of Baslieux-les-Fismes: 41 of 25th Div., May 1918. BOIS-D'AULNAY BRITISH CEMETERY, CHAUMUZY, S.W. of Marfaux across the Ardre: 22, mainly 51st Div., July 1918. BROUILLET GERMAN CEMETERY: 4, May-June 1918. BUSSY-LE-CHATEAU FRENCH MILITARY CEMETERY, E. of the village: 3, August 1918 (and 800 French, 200 German, 10 American). CHALONS-SUR-VESLE FRENCH MILITARY CEMETERY: 1, June 1918. CHAMERY MILITARY CEMETERY, S.W. of the village: 1 (and 19 French). CORMICY FRENCH MILITARY CEMETERY (not the permanent MAI Son - BLEUE FRENCH NATIONAL CEMETERY, at the Cormicy Aguilcourt cross-roads on the main Laon-Reims road). COURVILLE MILITARY CEMETERY, in S. part of village: 22, May-June 1918 (and 250 French and 130 German). CRUGNY HOSPITAL CEMETERY, a German cemetery: 1, June 1918. CUITRON BRITISH CEMETERY, MARFAUX, in the middle of a cornfield, made by the 62nd Div. Burial Officer: 60 (mainly 8th West Yorks), July 1918. FISMES GERMAN CEMETERY (in Hospital grounds): 1, June 1918. LAGERY HOSPITAL CEMETERY, a German cemetery: 1, June 1918. LES VENTEAUX GERMAN CEMETERY, MONTIGNY-SUR-VESLE: 6, May-June 1918. MARFAUX CHURCHYARD EXTENSION, made by 59th Field Ambulance: 11, June 1918. MONTIGNY-SUR-VESLE MILITARY CEMETERY, used by French until 27th May and then by Germans: 60, May-July 1918 (and 1400 French and 1100 German). MOULIN DE L'ARDRE BRITISH CEMETERY, MARFAUX: 22 (all 51st Div.), July 1918. NANTEUIL-LA-FOSSE MILITARY CEMETERY (Marne), made by Field Ambulances: 38 (and 16 French), May-July 1918. PEVY GERMAN CEMETERY: 5, May-July 1918. POURCY BRITISH CEMETERIES No. 1 and No. 2, MARFAUX, both made by the 62nd Division: 77 and 14, July 1918. PROUILLY MILITARY CEMETERY, started by Germans and continued by French: 7 unidentified (and 500 French and 120 German). ROMAIN MILITARY CEMETERY, near the Chateau: 3, June 1918 (and 350 French and some German). St. GILLES MILITARY CEMETERY: 1, May 1918 (and 756 French and 246 German). SAPICOURT FRENCH MILITARY CEMETERY, COURCELLES-SAPICOURT: 2, June 1918. SERMIERS COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION: 3, July 1918 (and 30 French). VAUX-VARENNES MILITARY CEMETERY, BOUVANCOURT: 1, buried by enemy, June 1918 (and 400 French and 60 German). VENTELAY FRENCH MILITARY CEMETERY: 2 VILLE-DOMMANGE MILITARY CEMETERY: 4, June-July 1918 (and 830 French and 170 German).
    Person ID I6382  bolstridge
    Last Modified 5 Dec 2018 

    Father Henry Tonks,   b. 12 Apr 1842, Mancetter, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 1896, Atherstone, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Elizabeth Brooks,   b. 1849, Hartshill, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1894, Atherstone, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 22 Apr 1868  Saint Peter's, Mancetter, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F737  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1885 - Polesworth, Warwickshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - 13 May 1888 - Saint Peter's, Mancetter, Warwickshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 27 May 1918 - Marfaux, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Jun 1918 - British Cemetery, Marne, France Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S36] 1891 Census, Public Records Office, ( Via Ancestry.co.uk;), RG 12.
      Harry E age 6 born Polesworth

    2. [S579] Parish Registers WAR, Mancetter CM Bns 1876 - 1958, ( LDS Film of Original Registers;), 1067488., 13 May 1888.
      Henry Edward Tonks dau Henry and Elizabeth of Ridge Lane Mancetter

    3. [S144] Casualty Details First - Second World War, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, ( Debt of Honour Register;).