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Remembered Today:

Training Casualties?

John Beech

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I recently had cause to pass through Forest Town on the outskirts of Mansfield in Nottinghamshire. This is a small ex-mining community, so I was surprised to see a lot of CWGC headstones in the local churchyard. On my return journey I stopped and made a note of the details. The local war memorial is also located in the churchyard, but I was unable to find any of the names, bar one, on this. The graves are mainly arranged in two parrallel rows, as you woul expect to find in a cemetery in France or Belgium. The only clue I have is that the next village along the road is Clipstone and I believe that a training camp was located in the vicinity of this village?? The dates run throughout the war and the graves include a VAD. It's possible some were flu victims, but as some dates are from 1916, there must also be another explanation for some of the deaths. Would anyone know if these people were killed in accidents or training accidents?

The names are arranged in alphabetical order having compared my notes with the CWGC register:

12437 Pte R A Bell East Surrey Regiment 16.07.19

4785 Pte W Blakey Duke of Wellingtons Regt 31.05.16

15864 Pte G E Brew Machine Gun Corps (Inf) 05.12.16

T2/016906 Pte F P L Clark ASC 03.03.16

24663 Pte W Coleman Norfolk Regiment 12.07.18

TR5/173414 Pte J H Curry Durham Light Infantry 09.11.18

4133 Cpl A Ernest Duke of Wellingtons Regt 30.09.16

160263 Pte A Etim Machine Gun Corps (Inf) 03.07.18

6/51608 Pte Pte E Gouldstone Nots & Derby 18.11.18

G/99217 Pte W H Howell Middlesex Regt 14.05.19

5929 Pte P Hudson Duke of Wellingtons Regt 08.11.16

TR5/173331 Pte M G Lawson Durham Light Infantry 07.11.16

83868 Sgt J Linton Royal Garrison Artillery 24.01.17

35593 Pte D J Malcolm Royal Fusiliers 17.07.18

L/Cpl 158644 W Musgrove Machine Gun Corps (Inf) 05.07.18

S/19792 Pte J O'Lone Gordon Highlanders 13.08.19

168581 Sgt F A Orridge Royal Engineers 27.08.17

278123 Pte P R Parker Essex Regiment 18.11.18

55415 Pte T Peters East Yorkshire Regt 22.02.18

159292 Pte G R Pike Machine Gun Corps (Inf) 07.07.18

T4/235758 Pte S Preston ASC 25.06.18

8057 Pte H Rosewell RAMC 03.12.16

8217 Rifleman J Simpson West Yorkshire Regt 21.01.17

3877 Pte J J Symonds West Yorkshire Regt 11.03.16

35677 Cpl A Waddington Lincolnshire Regt 05.12.18

126429 Pte F C Wells Machine Gun Corps (Inf) 02.01.18

343793 Cpl W H Wilson Durham Light Infantry 03.06.18

Nuse Ada Young Vountary Aid Detachment 15.07.18

The only name appeaing on the war memorial and with a CWGC headstone is:

58786 Pte H Wilson Leicestershire Regt 10.07.18

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