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Remembered Today:

Scots Officer died near Oldenburg

Robert Dunlop

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I am reading Georg von der Vring's book "Private Suhren". He describes the burial of a Scots Officer in February. The mention of Verdun later in the chapter suggests 1916. At another point, von der Vring talks about his unit having left their training ground in Oldenburg, which is near Bremen. It was while stationed at the barracks that the burial procession, which consisted of 4 Scots soldiers accompaning the horse-drawn hearse, was observed. This seemed like a perfect mystery for the Forum. One that, on past evidence at least, should be soluble.


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Von der Vring mentions that the soldiers in the burial detail wore kilts. Based on another thread in GWF, this would suggest the officer was likely in one of the following regiments:

Royal Highlanders (Black Watch)

Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.

Seaforth Highlanders

Gordon Highlanders

Cameron Highlanders

Would the SDGW resource be able to provide a list of officers from these regiments who died in January or February 1916? Does SDGW distinguish and/or include deaths of PoWs?



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This Website mentions Vehnemoor Camp located about 8 miles from Oldenburg. Another source mentions that:

"I was told by my German family that there was a large POW camp outside of Visbek/Erlte during WWI"


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It seems that burials in the Oldenburg area were moved to the Hamburg War Cemetery. A search on the CWGC site revealed more than 2,000 names for Hamburg but very few for the approximate time period. I extended the search to cover late 1915 through to mid-1916. The following names were returned:

HUGHES , J Surgeon Probationer Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve 11/02/1916

MAYBIN, JOSEPH MARTIN, J M Private 16580 Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment) 12/02/1916

SCRIMINGER , E Private 7899 Yorkshire Regiment 23/02/1916

Doesn't look promising.


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