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Major James Bertram Falkner Cartland.
6th Worcestershire Regiment.

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He was a Captain at the outbreak of the Great War, and is listed as such in the Almanac and Evesham Journal.
Lived for a while at Almerie cottage at the top of Newlands. Mentioned in Dispatches 22nd June 1915 and 5th May 1916 when he was a Captain and on the 18th December 1917 when he was a Lieut.Col. There is a memorial to him in the churchyard of Tewkesbury Abbey, two of his sons (died in WW II) and his wife Mary are also listed on the memorial. He is listed on the Ashchurch (Glos.) War Memorial and on the Roll of Honour in Worcester Cathedral. Served in France and Flanders. Killed 27th May 1918.

Major James Bertram Falkner Cartland.
Evesham Journal, 8 June 1918:-- MAJOR CARTLAND KILLED. We regret to announce the death of Major J.B.F. Cartland. Mrs. Cartland received the news late on Wednesday evening that Major Cartland had been killed in action on May 27th in the battle of the Aisne. For many years, Major and Mrs. Cartland resided at Amerie Court, Pershore. Major Cartland was widely known in political circles. He was secretary of the Pershore Primrose league Habitation and also Provincial Secretary of the Primrose League for five counties, including Worcestershire and Gloucestershire. He was also private secretary to the member for South Worcestershire, Lieut.Com. B. Eyres Monsell, R.N., M.P.
On the outbreak of war, being in the General Reserve, he was attached to the 5th Batt. Worcesters at Tregantle. He went out to France in November 1914, as A.P.M. on the Staff of the 8th Division under General Davies (now Lieut. Gen. Sir Francis Davies, K.C.B., K.C.M.G., Military Secretary). He held that post for eleven months, returning to England on sick leave, after which he went to Leaford as Garrison Adjutant for eight months. In November 1916 he went out again to France as Instructor at the G.H.Q. School at St. Omer. That school was done away with in March 1917 and he was attached to the 10th. Batt. Worcesters. He went all through the Messines battles with that battalion, returning to England sick in August, and was in hospital for over a month. He went out again to France in November 1917, to the 3rd Batt. 25th Division, and was all the winter on the Cambrai front. In March of this year he got orders to join another battalion as second in command, and he remained with that battalion till he met his death on May 27. He was the only son of the late Mr. James Cartland, of Bectis Lodge, Edgbaston. He was born in May, 1876. He was educated at Eastbourne and Charter House, and in 1900 married Mary Hamilton, fourth daughter of the late Col. Scobell, of the Down House, Redmarley, Gloucester, and leaves one daughter and two sons, besides his widow, to mourn his loss.
Evesham Journal September 28 1918:-- MAJOR J.B.F. CARTLAND KILLED. Major J.B.F. Cartland, Worcestershire Regiment, previously reported killed May 27, then reported missing, is now reported to have been killed by shell fire on that date. The Act. Capt. Pratt, now a prisoner in Germany, has written to his wife telling her Major Cartland was killed at his side by a shell.
His details were subsequently entered on the Soissons Memorial.
Cemetery: SOISSONS MEMORIAL.
Country: France.
Locality: Aisne.
Visiting Information: Names are listed on the memorial by Regiments in order of precedence, under the title of each Regiment by rank, and under each rank alphabetically.
Location Information: The town of Soissons stands on the left bank of the River Aisne, approximately 100 kilometres north-east of Paris. From R.N.2 (Soissons bypass coming from Paris/Meaux/Compiegne/Rouen or from Laon): Exit the R.N.2 dual carriageway at the Reims exit and turn right (coming from Laon) or turn left (coming from Paris/Meaux/Compiegne/Rouen) at the traffic lights and head into the town. After crossing the railway bridge, bear left onto Rue de Villeneuve, keeping the railway marshalling yards to your left to arrive at Soissons Railway Station. From Soissons Railway Station by foot/car: At the Railway Station traffic lights turn right onto the Avenue du General de Gaulle in the direction of the Centre Ville to the large roundabout (Place de la Republique). Take the second exit marked Centre Ville and bear right into the main street, Rue St. Martin (one-way). Continue along the Rue St. Martin until you see the Post Office (La Poste) on the right and then take the side road on the right, Rue du Mont Revers (one-way), immediately after the small chapel style building. The Soissons Memorial is situated to the rear of this building and is easily identified by its massive white Portland stone construction. There is parking available on the adjacent streets. The memorial register is kept at the Mairie where it may be consulted.

Soissons Memorial.
Historical Information: The original British Expeditionary Force crossed the Aisne in August 1914 a few kilometres west of Soissons, and re-crossed it in September a few kilometres east. For the next three and a half years, this part of the front was held by French forces and the city remained within the range of German artillery. At the end of April 1918, five divisions of Commonwealth forces (IX Corps) were posted to the French 6th Army in this sector to rest and refit following the German offensives on the Somme and Lys. Here, at the end of May, they found themselves facing the overwhelming German attack which, despite fierce opposition, pushed the Allies back across the Aisne to the Marne. Having suffered 15,000 fatal casualties, IX Corps was withdrawn from this front in early July, but was replaced by XXII Corps, who took part in the Allied counter attack that had driven back the Germans by early August and recovered the lost ground. The Soissons Memorial commemorates almost 4,000 officers and men of the United Kingdom forces who died during the Battles of the Aisne and the Marne in 1918 and who have no known grave. The memorial was designed by G H Holt and V O Rees, with sculpture by Eric Kennington.
No. of Identified Casualties: 3881

Major John Ronald Hamilton Cartland, Royal Artillery.

Unit Text: 53 (The Worcestershire Yeomanry) Anti-Tank Regt.
Age: 33.
Date of Death: 30/05/1940.
Service No: 70394.
Additional information: Son of Maj. James Bertram Falkner Cartland, The Worcester Regt., killed in action, 27th May, 1918, and of Mary Hamilton Cartland, of Poolbrook, Worcestershire. Member of Parliament for King's Norton Division of Birmingham, 1935-1940. His brother, James A.H. died the previous day and is buried at Zuidschote. Their sister was Barbara Cartland, authoress.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead.
Grave/Memorial Reference: X. B. 1.

Hotton War Cemetery.
Cemetery: HOTTON WAR CEMETERY
Country: Belgium.
Locality: Hotton, Luxembourg.
Location Information: Hotton is located south of Liege on the N86. On reaching Hotton follow the N86 towards Menil along the Rue de la Liberation. The Cemetery is along that road on the right.
Historical Information: The British Expeditionary Force was involved in the later stages of the defence of Belgium following the German invasion in May 1940, and suffered many casualties in covering the withdrawal to Dunkirk. Commonwealth forces did not return until September 1944, but in the intervening years, many airmen were shot down or crashed in raids on strategic objectives in Belgium, or while returning from missions over Germany. The village of Hotton was the western limit of the great German counter offensive in the Ardennes in January 1945. A great many of the burials in Hotton War Cemetery date from that time, although there are also some from May 1940. The cemetery contains 666 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 21 of them unidentified.
No. of Identified Casualties: 647.

Captain James Anthony Hamilton Cartland, Lincolnshire Regiment.

Unit Text: 2nd Bn.
Age: 27.
Date of Death: 29/05/1940.
Service No: 58095.
Additional information: Son of Maj. James Bertrum Cartland and Mary Hamilton Cartland, of Poolbrook, Worcestershire. His brother, John R.H. died the following day and is buried at Hotton.

Zuidschote Churchyard.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead.
Grave/Memorial Reference: C. 68.
Cemetery: ZUIDSCHOTE CHURCHYARD.
Country: Belgium.
Locality: Ieper, West-Vlaanderen.
Location Information: Zuidschote is located north of the town of Ieper on the N369 road direction Diksmuide. The church is in the centre of the village in the Zuidschotsestraat. Walking through the entrance facing the church the CWGC plot is on the right hand side of the church.
Historical Information: The British Expeditionary Force was involved in the later stages of the defence of Belgium following the German invasion in May 1940, and suffered many casualties in covering the withdrawal to Dunkirk. Zuidschote Churchyard contains 76 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 14 of them unidentified. There are also five unidentified French burials of the First World War.
No. of Identified Casualties: 62.

Dame Mary Barbara Hamilton Cartland.


Barbara Cartland,
as we all remember her.
Barbara Cartland's parents are (James) Bertram 'Bertie' Cartland and Mary Hamilton 'Polly' Scobell. She was born in Edgbaston, West Midlands, into a wealthy family on July 9, 1901 and Christened Mary Barbara Hamilton Cartland. She attended Malvern Girls' College and Abbey House, Netley Abbey, Hampshire. Her grandfather committed suicide when he went bankrupt and father was killed in Flanders in 1918. Cartland was reared by her strong mother, who moved the family to London and opened her own business, a dress shop in Kensington.
In 1920 Barbara began writing society gossip pieces for 'The Daily Express'.
Her first novel, Jig-Saw, was published in 1923.
Her first play, "Blood Money", was performed in 1925. This was later rewritten into the book "Sawdust". This same year she was presented at court.
Barbara was married to Alexander 'Sachie' McCorquodale on April 23, 1927. Her first daughter, Raine, was born in September, 1929.
In late 1928, she did a weekly radio show, "Make the Best of Oneself."
She was divorced from Alexander McCorquodale in 1932. After her divorce, she became much closer to her brother Ronald.
In 1933 she broke the "Prisoner in the Tower" story.
Barbara was married to Hugh McCorquodale (Alexander's cousin) on December 28, 1936 at Guildhall, London. She had two sons, Ian, born October 11, 1937 and Glen, born December 31, 1939.
(James) Anthony Cartland was killed on May 29, 1940, at Dunkirk. (John) Ronald Cartland was killed on May 30, 1940 at Dunkirk. He was the first Member of Parliment killed in World War II.
Her daughter Raine was presented at Court in April of 1947. In June Raine married Gerald Legge, eldest son of the heir presumptive to the Earl of Dartmouth.
Barbara Cartland moved to Camfield Place in 1950. The house was built in 1867 by the grandfather of Beatrix Potter. "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" was written by Beatrix Potter in this house.
Hugh McCorquodale died December 29, 1963 of heart failure.
Barbara wrote her 100th novel in 1964, "The Flame of Love".
In 1973 Barbara offered to write ten books for Pan Books and she made the same offer to Corgi, but in 1973 she started publishing with Bantom in the USA.
Barbara Cartland passed away on Sunday, May 21, 2000, at age 98. She was just two months short of her 99th birthday. According to published reports, she died in her sleep after a short illness.
During her career she published 723 books, which were translated into some 40 languages and over one billion books were printed. Cartland also wrote film scripts. She left behind 130 unpublished novels wrapped in a pink ribbon. They started to appear in 2004 in a series called The Barbara Cartland Pink Collection. Her only book used as a reference for this 'Cartland Page' is "Ronald Cartland" and was published by Collins in 1942 -- it is a biography of her brother.
Index Page The top extract has been taken from 'Worcestershire Pershore
Men Served in the Great War 1914-1918.' by Malcolm Farmer
--- Visit! --- and is used with kind permission.
Cemetery information courtesy of the C.W.G.C.
Ronald Cartland by Barbara Cartland. Collins Publishers. 1942.
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