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Pte 14646 Edward John VEAL

7th Bn Norfolk Regiment

Born: Ringwood, Hampshire

Enlisted: Norwich, Norfolk

Died of Wounds France & Flanders 19/02/16


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Initials: E J

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Private

Regiment: Norfolk Regiment

Unit Text: 7th Bn.

Age: 20

Date of Death: 19/02/1916

Service No: 14646

Additional information: Son of Mary Ann Veal, of 5, Hollythorne, Queen's Rd., Knaphill, Woking.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: II. A. 4.



Country: France

Locality: Pas de Calais

Vermelles was in German hands from the middle of October to the beginning of December, 1914, when it was recaptured by the French. The cemetery was begun in August, 1915 (though a few graves are slightly earlier), and during the Battle of Loos (when the Chateau was used as a Dressing Station) Plot I was completed. It was laid out and fenced by the Pioneers of the 1st Gloucesters, and known for a long time as "Gloucester Graveyard". The remaining Plots were made by the Divisions (from the Dismounted Cavalry Division onwards) holding the line 1.6 kilometres East of the cemetery until April, 1917, and they incorporated a few isolated French graves of October, 1914. From April, 1917, to the Armistice, the cemetery was closed; but after the Armistice graves were brought in (to Plots II, IV and VI) from the battlefields to the East. There are now over 2,000, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, nearly 200 are unidentified and special memorials are erected to six soldiers from the United Kingdom, known to be buried among them. The cemetery covers an area of 9,259 square metres and is enclosed by low rubble walls.

No. of Identified Casualties: 1943

Regards Doug

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