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jono68

251304 Private Herman Beecham, Royal Scots

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jono68

Hi,

I am trying to find any information on Private Herman Beecham of Conisbrough, Doncaster. I cannot find his service records so I think they have been destroyed. I do know that he died on 01/08/1918 aged 21. He was serving with the Royal Scots 1/9th Battalion. He is buried at Raperie British Cemetery, Villemontoire Aisne, France.

I am interested in what the regiment were doing running up to and the day of Herman's death. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you

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Langdon

The 1/9th transferred in February 1918 to the 46th Brigade,15th Division so these ("9 Battalion") should be the correct war diaries at the National Archives - downloadable for £3.30 or free to view at Kew (if no forum experts come up with relevant extracts). OR's are not usually mentioned by name but the diaries will provide good context and day-to-day details.

Mike

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WilliamRev

Hi Debbie

Some background that you probably know, but just in case: the 9th Battalion, Royal Scots (Written as "1/9th" to show that it was a Territorial battalion, but simply called the 9th) was the only one of the front-line Royal Scots battalions to wear kilts.

From the beginning of June 1918 they were in the 46th Brigade, 15th Division. In July they were sent to a sector south of the Somme (10 km south of Soissons, just where Raperie Cemetery is now) where they relieved an American unit and fought alongside the French in what at time seemed a disastrous attack on 1st August, with huge casualties, but which then saw the Germans retreat.

The action is described in a couple of pages of John Ewing's history of the Royal Scots 1914-1919. [if you e-mail me with your e-mail address (e-mail: william"at"williamrevels.com, putting a "@" symbol in the middle) I can e-mail you several scans if that would be of interest].

William

Edit: I didn't see Mike's post until after I had posted mine; I think that I have repeated some of the things he has mentioned.

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jono68

Thank you William, I will send you my email. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Regards

Debbie

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