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formerly Newport, Monmouthshire, UK


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In this section are some photographs of some of our Allied Nationals graves in Newport's St Woolos cemetery. The exception is John Byrne VC DCM who was born in Kilkenny, Ireland and  was fighting for the British Army and at that time was a British National. As yet I am unable to give any account of these men other than what is written on their headstone but possibly in the future after more research, further information may become available.

To read an account of John Byrne's army career and his death by suicide in Newport, click the link below

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John Byrne VC DCM

John Byrne's headstone


Crown Street and Number 7

Crown Street                                        7 Crown Street



Ernest Patfoort's headstone Patfoort, Ernest, 17th April 1915, Soldier


Information below from Chris Collins:

It seems that Ernest Patfoort was a top class Belgian football player with the team Cercle Brugge before joining the Belgian Army.

Patfoort Ernest Seraphin Alfred Marie

Geboorteplaats (Birthplace) ; Brugge

Geboortedatum (Date of Birth) ; 6 September 1892

Plaats van overlijden ; Rogerstone, Wales (Note he is buried in St Woolos Cemetery)

Datum van overlijden ; 17 April 1915

Veldpositie (Position) ; aanvaller (attacker)

Teamloopbaan ; jeugd Cercle-Cercle

Cercle-cijfers ;






1910/11 *

1 *










11 *



  Dixon, T, 19th December 1916, 50th Bn. Canadian Infantry, 447433, Private, NEWPORT (ST. WOOLOS) CEMETERY, CON. D8. 253.

W Fidler's headstone Fidler, William Henry, 25, 6th September 1918, 52nd Bn. Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment), 2379732, Private, Newport (St Woolos) Cemetery

Rule, Hector Hoskin, 30, 10th October 1918, 29th Bn. Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment), 706021, Serjeant, Son of the late Joseph and Sarah Ann Rule; husband of Mable F. A. Rule, of 728, Kings Rd., Victoria, British Columbia. Newport (St Woolos) Cemetery, CON. D25, 152.

J Toshkoff's headstone Toshkoff, John Evan, 28th November 1917, 72nd Bn. Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment), 1015637, Private, Newport (St Woolos) Cemetery

Jean Barbinziza and Emile Gerbier's grave  Barbinziza, Jean Baptiste, 17th July 1919, Sailor - Imerina, Newport (St Woolos) Cemetery

Joint grave



Marcel Bouriscaut's headstone

Boursicaut, Marcel, 27th July 1918, Sailor - Garonne, Newport (St Woolos) Cemetery




Louis Droal's headstone Droal, Louis, 26th February 1916, Sailor - Irma, Newport (St Woolos) Cemetery

Emile Gerbier and Jean Barbinziza's grave Gerbier, Emile Eugéne, 26th September 1918, Gunner - Radium, Newport (St Woolos) Cemetery

Joint grave



Littaye, Henri Joseph Eugene, 9th October 1917, French Merchant Navy, Captain. Died from a ship wreck. Highly decorated French national.


Grave Photo - © Mark Hewinson

Henri Joseph Eugène LITTAYE (1873-1917)

Born May 17, 1873 in Saint-Pierre et Miquelon.

Died of a shipwreck on October 9, 1917 in Newport (Monmouthshire, Wales, Great Britain), where he was buried on October 12, 1917.

Long-haul captain of the merchant navy.

Knight of the Legion of Honor on February 28, 1915.

Recognized "Death for France" on June 22, 1918.

Married October 16, 1899 in Belvès (Dordogne) Madeleine Monnier (1876-1963). Five children came from the marriage, Edouard (1901-1920) *, Madeleine (1903-1989), Marie-Paule (1907-1993), Robert (1909-1992), Simone (1915-2002).

----- 1890-1891 first voyage on the 4 masts "Dunkirk". Merchant navy officer: long-distance captain. Youngest commander of the Reunited Chargeurs company.

----- 1913: leaves the company of the Reunited Chargeurs and becomes expert captain at the port of Dunkirk.

----- 1914: August 5, although released from military obligations (age and children), enlisted as an ensigning 1st class. Assigned to mine dredging off the Belgian coast, he was given command of 4 dredgers based in Dunkirk.

----- 1915: February 20 at 3 pm, his ship, the “Marie”, jumps on a mine. He was picked up by a torpedo boat, seriously injured in the head and right leg.

Following this injury, Henri Littaye was awarded:

----- From the Legion of Honor on his hospital bed in Dunkirk.

----- From the Croix de Guerre with palms, in Mende in the summer of 1915.

In November 1915, he was fitted for his leg at the Salpêtrière hospital in Paris, and in January 1916, he was operated on again on the knee bones; in April, he walks on crutches. On December 31, he was removed from military checks for incurable infirmity resulting from his injuries, and admitted to a retirement pension.

Joined the "Société maritime nationale" (S.M.N) in Paris in July as an armament captain, he then created the Havre agency of this company and took over its management. The family moved to Le Havre in 1917. The S.M.N was in charge of the reception of the ships bought abroad which constituted the coal fleet of the State Railways, fleet of which the S.M.N, ensured the operation throughout the 14/18 war.

----- 1917: supercargo on the ship "Le Robur" which transported coal from Fowey (Great Britain) to Cherbourg. On his way to go, the building sank, and Henri Littaye died of his injuries on October 9.

He was buried in Newport in Wales (GB).


* Edouard LITTAYE, son of Henri, died during the sinking of the liner "Afrique" in 1920. A commemorative plaque, on which also appears Henri LITTAYE, was placed in the cemetery of ROSENDAËL.


Jean Lintanf's headstone Lintanf, Jean Marie, 5th November 1917, Sailor - Ouessant, Newport (St Woolos) Cemetery

Francois Tanguy's headstone Tanguy, Francois, 10th September 1915, Sailor - Radium, Newport (St Woolos) Cemetery

Fai Chong's headstone Chong, Fai, 1st March 1941, Stoker - "Konninkruk" der Nederlanden, Newport (St Woolos) Cemetery, CON. D25, 228.

Antonio Amorim's headstone Amorim, Antonio Da Silva (?), 1921, Transporte Gunrne, Newport (St Woolos) Cemetery, CON. D25. 130.



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