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CooperS
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I picked this marker up from outside the fence at Trois Arbres Cemetery several years ago. Unfortunately I have been unable to discover who the unfortunate soldier was. The CWGC have been unable to assist and a look at all Australian soldiers with the sern of 1760 hasn't solved the mystery either. Any thoughts?

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Perhaps this marker was made in error.

There is a soldier, A. Darby with the number 1760 buried in this cemetery. 1st/5th Btn Northumberland Fusiliers

There are two soldiers with the initials W,J, and surname beginning with "H".

420 Private William Jamieson Hume, 40 Btn, AIF

64 Sergeant William John Hutton, 52 Btn AIF

There are no soldiers with the three forename initials W.J.H.

 

Were these markers made on site at the time of burial?

 

Martin

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Here is an outside possibility but please take with a huge pinch of salt as it is assumptive. The name tag relates to 1760 Private William J. Haines, Hampshire Regiment. He was believed to have been kia but in fact had been badly wounded. He was shipped home and died of his wounds. The CWGC commemorate him as 305484 Private W.J. Haines, 1st/7th Hampshire Regiment who died 28th February 1919 and is buried in Lymington, Hants. The MIC shows that both service numbers relate to the same man.  

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1760 A. Darby did not seem to have a known number when the GRRFs were typed up or annotated later, circa Dec 1920.

 

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So his number has been determined 1921 onwards.

 

It's possible that a body believed to be 1760 Private William J. Haines was buried there and then the error discovered later but while there are plenty of corrections to the GRRFs eg UBS being named, named becoming UBS, named marked as still alive. Nothing there for Haines or number 1760.

 

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I wondered if it was something to do with 1760 Pte Isaac Hopper Whittiker of 1/4 Northumberland Fusiliers who, whilst in a a different Bn to Darby,  did die around the same time and was in the same Division.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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