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Report Submitted to David Avery 15 May 2017

 

Dear Dave:

 

We are pleased to submit our final report of the case of 2nd Lieutenant Alick Aylmore Assevillers New British Cemetery Plot 9 Row D Grave 6.

The report has been uploaded to the web site and now appears as entry 6 in the list of submitted reports for non-Canadians:

 

http://laughton.ca/publications/unknown-project/commonwealth-unknowns/

 

The direct link to the report is here:

 

http://laughton.ca/reports/2nd%20Lieutenant%20Alick%20Aylmore%20Assevillers%20New%20British%20Cemetery%20Plot%209%20Row%20D%20Grave%206.pdf

 

Please also note that in Section 6(b) of the report we have highlighted information on four (4) other 2nd Lieutenants (Smith, Clarke, Jamieson and Coldicott). The information on the CWGC web site for Coldicott is correct, however the information for Smith, Clarke and Jamieson needs to be updated. It is our contention that they should state the following:

 

  • SMITH, REGINALD FREDERICK
    London Regiment (Prince of Wales' Own Civil Service Rifles) 15th Bn.
    attached 2/2nd (City of London) Battalion (Royal Fusiliers)
     
  • CLARKE, RUSSELL FRANK
    London Regiment (Prince of Wales' Own Civil Service Rifles) 15th Bn.
    attached 2/6th (City of London Rifles) Battalion (Rifles)
     
  • JAMIESON, COLIN MILLER
    London Regiment (Prince of Wales' Own Civil Service Rifles) 15th Bn.
    attached 2/6th (City of London Rifles) Battalion (Rifles)

Also noted is the question as to why their names are on the Arras Memorial rather than the Thiepval Memorial, as they died in the Somme Sector prior to 20 March 1918.

 

My thanks to Alan Gregson who was instrumental in the work to retrieve the necessary war diaries to confirm the whereabouts of all the missing 2nd Lieutenants, which also resulted in the corrections noted above. My ongoing thanks to Tim McTague who provides the most valuable service as our “Editor in Chief”. Tim is well versed in matters pertaining to the Great War, plus he has a handle on grammar and spelling that I sadly lack!

 

Best Regards from Canada,

Richard

 

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Robin Garrett

I come to this thread very late; all I want to say is that Maurice Garrett was my great uncle. It would be great to find his grave.

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Report submitted to CWGC and now we wait and wait and wait ..... years probably.

 

http://laughton.ca/publications/unknown-project/commonwealth-unknowns/

 

2nd Lieutenant Alick Aylmore Assevillers New British Cemetery Plot 9 Row D Grave 6 (20 April 2017 – CWGC Case No. 380)

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This post has been moved to go with 2/Lt Garrett here:

 

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This post has been moved to go with 2/Lt Garrett here:

 

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On 10/07/2018 at 12:02, JOVE23 said:

I am curious, before we get too far in the weeds with Lt. Garrett, what was the resolution of the case for Lt. Aylmore?

 

Thanks to assistance from Admin Spof, the posts related to 2/Lt Maurice Garrett have now been moved to a separate topic here:

 

https://www.greatwarforum.org/topic/262651-2nd-lt-maurice-humphris-garrett-15th-bn-london-regiment-prince-of-wales-own-civil-service-rifles/

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thetrenchrat22

Visited the Unknown Second Lieutenant of the Civil Service Rifles, today at Assevillers British Cemetery, France7AA0E5F5-DCC7-42B5-B6FF-5808BEE5904C.jpeg.7f8904ae0fa9a53f01083ccd29da00f2.jpeg

 

plot 9, Row d, Grave 6

 

second Lieutenant Alick Aylmore 

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Hi Trenchrat

 

Could you let me know the grave reference please

 

Robin

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I assume this refers to 2nd Lt. Aylmore's grave, the subject to the report noted above:

 

2nd Lieutenant Alick Aylmore Assevillers New British Cemetery Plot 9 Row D Grave 6 (20 April 2017 – CWGC Case No. 380)

 

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The findings are based on the following:

 

1. The Grave Registration Report Form (GRRF) lists an Unknown British Officer, 2/Lt. of the “Civil Service Rfls”, buried in Plot 9 Row D Grave 6 (Attachment #1). We know that the “Civil Service Rfls” (Rifles) were the 1/15th (County of London) Battalion (Prince of Wales’s Own Civil Service Rifles). The cemetery holds a number of other men of the same battalion. The names and dates of the known men provide strong evidence that all these men were the result of action in the area in March 1918 during the German Advance known as “Operation Michael”.

 

2. The Concentration of Graves (Exhumations and Reburials) Burial Return (COGBR) shows that the remains of the Unknown 2nd Lieutenant were found in amongst a number of other men of the unit, plus others killed in the same location in March 1918 (Attachment #2). The trench map coordinates for the remains were given as 57c.V.6.b.3.6. That location tells us the remains were found north of Fins, France.

 

3. The CWGC Headstone Register initially recorded “A 2nd Lieutenant of the Great War P.W.O. Civil Service Rifles” (Attachment #3). This was later changed to “A Soldier, Unknown 2nd Lieutenant, P.W.O Civil Service Rifles”. There was no change in the status of the Officer as an unknown.

 

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Good news to share with all and most certainly @thetrenchrat22 :D

 

From: Mel Donnelly
Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 6:45 AM
To: Richard Laughton
Subject: CWGC review of ID Case 380 Second Lieutenant Aylmore

 

Dear Richard,

 

We have now completed our review of your submission for the identification of the grave of Second Lieutenant Aylmore (ID Case 380). We support your conclusions and have progressed the case to the Service Authorities for further investigation and adjudication.

 

As always I’d like to thank you for your patience and continued research into the identities of those recorded as unknown casualties.

 

With kind regards

 

Mel

Commemorations Policy Manager

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Fantastic! No doubt after the time you’ve put into the case, incredibly rewarding.  

 

2nd Lieutenant Aylmore closer to being officially ‘known’, what a beautiful moment that’ll be for his family.

 

Lest we Forget.

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Tim McTague

A recent communication from the UK Joint Casualty and Compassion Centre informs me that a relative of 2 Lt. Aylmore has been found and he has been made aware of the matters surrounding the death of his Great Uncle. Good news.

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1 hour ago, Tim McTague said:

A recent communication from the UK Joint Casualty and Compassion Centre informs me that a relative of 2 Lt. Aylmore has been found and he has been made aware of the matters surrounding the death of his Great Uncle. Good news.

Thanks for the update Tim

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a posthumous win for Richard and others involved

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thetrenchrat22

As a researcher on this case, we were actually advised by the JCCC in November 2020 that they had agreed with findings of Richard, Tim and I, that the grave in Assevillers Military cemetery was that of 2nd/Lt Aylmore
 

however they asked us not to publish the results, to members of this forum and other interested parties until the next of kin had been found and were made aware of the situation.  
 

Today, we had been made aware that the JCCC has now been in contact with a Great Nephew 

 

Alan
 

 

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