Wooden crosses mark the graves of the five Americans, who died at various dates between 1918 and 1945: Edward Simacys (1918), Anton Rivas (1919), Abraham Hamde (1920), Charles Carroll (1928) and Joseph Bouchard (1945).
However, most were members of the Canadian Forestry Corps who would more likely have been out chopping down trees, again in the forests of the Landes. This unit, which was created in November 1916 and disbanded in 1920 (it was reformed in 1940 then disbanded again in 1945), comprised of Canadians employed to cut down forests in the UK and France to produce wood needed for use on the Western Front. Further sources suggest that the Canadians and their British (and/or possibly Australian) counterparts were killed during a mine clearance operation in the Gironde Estuary… It’s all rather vague!
- Find it: Rue Bahus, Talence.
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