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Posted 23 August 2014 - 04:53 pm
I have an interesting query, and I thought I would post it here before contacting the CWGC. Captain John Walton Whitehead, RFA is now commemorated on the Tyne Cot memorial. The additional documents now available on the CWGC website show that he was buried at this cemetery as he is listed as buried there, but with a note that the headstone is not included in the order.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.
Posted 23 August 2014 - 07:28 pm
I think it is similar to another case, again RFA, that I came across a while ago at New Irish Farm Cemetery.
If you look at the headstone document, it says that his marker was between graves. II.E.1 and II.E.2. It appears that the IWGC did not accept that this was a grave, but a memorial cross, presumably that was either placed there, purely as a memorial, i.e. no grave, or had been displaced from a grave elsewhere.
Take a look at the Grave Registration Report document that has J J Pogson on it. He is in II.E.1. The note referring to Whitehead is at the bottom of the Plot II, Row E section.
Posted 24 August 2014 - 05:18 pm
Thanks Phil, I'm sure you are right, but it does beg some questions about this officer's death and burial. I will be at Kew sometime soon and will see if I can learn any more.
Posted 24 August 2014 - 09:11 pm
Undoubtedly. Thanks Phil. I'll get the war diary when I go up to Kew in a week or two