Anniversaries in December

5 December 1917 Hans Yessen Hansen. Born in Campbellton, New Brunswick, Canada, Hans worked for the Singapore Harbour Board. He was a sergeant in the 6th Battalion Dorsetshire Regiment. He has no known grave and is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

19 December 1914 Stanley Benskin Henson aged 27. Son of Dr William John Henson and Mrs Minnie Henson née Niesigh. Stanley gave up his commission as an inspector in the Straits Settlements Police to return to the UK when he was denied leave to join up. He was a second lieutenant in 1st Battalion Prince Albert's Somerset Light Infantry and was the first man from the Isle of Wedmore in Somerset to die in the war. He is buried at Ploegsteert Wood Military Cemetery, Hainaut, Belgium.

20 December 1914 Father Alexis Emile Victor Ménard aged 26. The first of our Frenchmen to die in the war. He was the son of Isaï Ménard and Marie Ménon of Saint-Cast-Pluduno, Côtes-d’Armor, France. In 1913 Alexis was ordained a priest in the French Foreign Missions (Missions Etrangères de Paris) and left almost immediately for Penang where he was a teacher in the College of the Missions Etrangères. In 1914 he was among the first to be mobilised and return to France. He was a sergeant in the 47e Régiment d’Infanterie in Artois when he died leading a charge against positions at Saint-Laurent-Blangy.