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Soldier that died on the first day of the Somme


Richard Matlock

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Hello

A friend has just found out that he had a relative that died on the first of July 1916 , he is keen to find out what he can as he is planning to visit the area soon.

His details that we have found so far are Charles Philip Davis , beleived to have been in the KOYLI , any help would be good about him and the KOYLI i have told him how good you lot are

Thanks as always your servant Rich M

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Hi Rich

You might have already seen this, but here is his CWGC record, it includes his battalion - 2nd KOYLI - and his service number which is useful to tell him apart from like-named men.

Name: DAVIS, CHARLES PHILLIP

Initials: C P

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Lance Corporal

Regiment/Service: King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

Unit Text: 2nd Bn.

Date of Death: 01/07/1916

Service No: 23532

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 11 C and 12 A.

Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

Cheers,

Carole.

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Davis

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davis

Mick

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Rich, the 2nd KOYLI were part of 97th Brigade, 32nd Division, attacking the front line to the north of the Leipzig Salient, just to the SE of Thiepval Wood and SW of Thiepval village. Give me a few minutes and I'll find some maps....

Alan

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Trench map from August 1916, they were attacking from the lower half of the map, eastwards toward the strongpoint right at the bottom (the "Wonder Work", or "Wundt Werk")

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...and the modern day map

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davis

Mick

This is excelent and has opened up a whole new line of enquiry, as he was a reserve, where did this come from ?

Thanks again Rich M

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Rich M, I think you we rerefering to the individual soldier information page. It's from "Soldiers died in the Great War" (SDGW) CD Rom.

Regards

John

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