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Terry Denham

St Souplet was captured by the US 30 Div on 10.10.18.

They built a cemetery next to the British one which contained 371 US graves. These were cleared after the armistice but one was taken and reburied in the British cemetery.

This is probably a sign that he was either British or of British extraction.

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I think Lt K Cow's NOK chose to leave him interred in what would have been a battlefield cemetery and close to where he died.

The US 27th Division were involved in the operations in the St Souplet area when attached to British elements in the "Advance to Victory" thrust to break through the Hindenburg Line.They had previously pushed up from a successful operation in capturing a section of the St Quentin canal

The US War Memorial at Bellicourt, north of St Quentin relates the advance and operations of both the 27and 30 US Divisions in this stage of the war.

St Souplet became a permanent British Military Cemetery after the end of the war and Lt Cow's grave ultimately would come under the care of the CWGC.


Frank East

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