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H.Q. IV Corps Heavy Artillery

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I've just found this excellent site today.

Perhaps someone could help me. I'm trying to find out more information about my great-uncle Francis Albert Hawes. According to the cwgc website he was in the Royal Garrison Artillery - H.Q. IV Corps Heavy Artillery and died 11 July 1916. He's buried at the Hersin cemetary (which I visited on Sunday) which is between Bethune & Arras.

Is is possible to find out what fighting was going on near this cemetery at this time? The cemetery seems a long way from the Somme, and according to this site's very useful information the IV Corps weren't involved on the Somme during 1916. However, family legend (yes, I know, not always reliable) has it that he died on the Somme.

Could it be that he was injured on the Somme and was moved to a hospital or clearing station where he died? Hersin doesn't seem to have any other burials from around this time - although there are many from November 1916.

Although far from new to genealogy, I'm afraid I'm very new to military research so apologise if any of this is sounds daft.


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