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In the Lonsdale Cemetery on the Somme appear the following Men in Plot 4, Row D

Grave 4 – 24520 Sgt A W Platt, 11th Cheshire’s – KIA 03/07/1916

Grave 5 – 36337 Pte E Reynolds, 10th Cheshire’s – KIA 09/10/1916

Grave 6 – 12685 L/Cpl R C Green, 11th Cheshire’s – KIA 03/07/1916 

All were found at 57d. R. 31. c. 8. 5. With Pte B Clark of the 16th Highland Light Infantry (Plot 4, Row D, Grave 3) an Unknown British Soldier (Plot 6, Row E, Grave 1), an Unknown Soldier from the Border Regiment (Plot 6, Row E, Grave 2)

We have six men all found at the same Map/Grid reference is this one grave.  Any thoughts would be grateful in this matter.  

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John Milner

The map reference where they were found could possibly have been a small cemetery used by units at various stages of the Somme offensive, and the Graves Registration Unit used the map reference for the cemetery instead of a reference for each grave.



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Looking at Concentration documents on the CWGC website it seems that the map references usually relate to a 50 yard x 50 yard square (e.g. R.31.c.8.5. above).

In order to reduce this to a 5 yard x 5 yard square a second digit would have to be used (e.g. R.31.c.85.55).

A burial plot of this size could also contain many bodies. It would be very difficult to give a map reference to an individual burial.



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