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Posted 25 January 2012 - 02:44 PM
As a guess - Portsoy?
The local memorial could have been made from Portsoy Marble (which is actually serpentinite or 'soap stone'), but IIRC is in granite. Not aware of any VC connection with the unveiling though........
Edit: Scratch that one entirely - I see Croonaert has 'come clean' with Port Sunlight!
Posted 25 January 2012 - 03:48 PM
You are correct - cabaret the fate of x-factor losers, St Quentin the patron saint of bombardiers and the 293 siege battery sitting in a field just outside Wulvergem - well done, your turn.
Posted 21 January 2014 - 12:05 PM
Seems a shame that this 'bit of fun' thread appears to have died!
Seeing as it would appear to have been my turn to post a question (thereby being my fault it ended? ), I'll stick this one in in a belated attempt to resurrect it....
I'm standing in a pretty non-descript location by a tree-lined railway line at a point where a small stream (though it's called a 'river' in this area) that makes me think of Christmas passes underneath it. I look across an open field to a wooded area from where the first shot of the Great War on the Western Front originated (the first 15 shots to be specific). In the area I'm stood, there must be some 30 VERY historic rifle rounds buried in the ground somewhere ,with another 19 rifle and pistol rounds within the wood itself. After this 'fight', the flow of battle never reached this spot again during the war. It was, however, just 9 miles behind the established front-line of late Autumn 1914 through to 1918. Where am I? (nearest village(s) names or the name of the wood will suffice)
Posted 21 January 2014 - 10:48 PM
Glad to see you've revived this thread, Dave (and yes it was your fault it died! although it had got a bit slow, for some reason, so perhaps you just assisted its demise). Unfortunately I am too ignorant to solve this mystery. Perhaps some clever person who isn't over-occupied on the 'Who is this?' thread will assist.
Posted 22 January 2014 - 02:20 AM
Sorry Tom, but no.
Posted 22 January 2014 - 02:16 PM
Posted 22 January 2014 - 07:49 PM
Amazingly accurate reporting if not shooting !
If nobody else volunteers, I'll try and set one over the next few days.
Posted 23 January 2014 - 09:43 AM
I'm stood in flat land, where I am standing sometimes has water surrounding me, sometimes not. I can see another cemetery cross if I stand just by this cemetery cross and look across to a road in the middle distance. I am in the company of men who met their deaths from 1914-1916 and a gentleman that Alan Clark would have described as a Donkey.
Posted 23 January 2014 - 01:32 PM
A long shot Michelle - are you in the La Belle Alliance Farm / Cemetery area?
(As a side note - did you get any further with your 5 Siege Battery man [Andrew Cleveland Wright] buried in Forceville Communal Cemetery Extension? - I don't know if you saw my reply to your orignal post last year.)
All the best
Posted 23 January 2014 - 07:39 PM
No cigar Steve, come south a few miles. Re Andrew Wright, that is an ongoing project. He was the great uncle of one of the GPs at work so time to sort that one as Tony will be visiting him at some time in the future.
Posted 24 January 2014 - 08:34 AM
Oh well, have to get the thinking cap back on then!
If it's of interest, here's a photo of Andrew Wrght's grave very kindly taken for me by forum member Mike_H a few years back:
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I've not found Andrews service papers at all, so I can't tell you too much about his service history, apart from the fact he landed in France on 7th March 1915 as part of a replacement draft (his first unit in France given as 'Base Details' on his medal roll entry). From his service number he was a pre-war regular, joining the RGA around March 1914. If you need a transcription of 5 Siege Battery war diary for the time of his death please let me know.
All the best
Posted 25 January 2014 - 04:36 PM
Anyone need a clue? This seems to have died a death.
Posted 25 January 2014 - 05:09 PM
Okay, I'll have a go in the interests of keeping this thread going.
You are standing at Le Trou Aid Post Cemetery at Fleurbaix, possibly looking across the fields to Rue Petillon Cemetery. The gentleman you refer to is Brigadier General Lowry Cole who is buried at Le Trou.
Do I get Steve's cigar?
Posted 25 January 2014 - 06:06 PM
You do indeed Paul, except I'm looking up to the Rue du Bois Cemetery.