DAVE PLATT Posted 26 October , 2017 Share Posted 26 October , 2017 Hello All, This years visits of the Bouzincourt tunnels have been very popular with visitors from all over the world. With funds going into the pot we have used this to open up another 3 chambers and revealed another 200 pieces of graffiti. We have 27 chambers now and many more names have appeared, Australian, Canadian, NZ, English, Scottish (mainly HLI) and many different Divisions and Battalions. The double chamber shows General Rycroft's name proudly inscribed GOC of 32 Division. More artefacts too, tins of all types, boots, the toilet, tools, mess tins, petrol tins, buttons and badges, water bottles spoons and forks. The last chamber cleared showed 4 Canadian Snipers and 2 Scouts that had written their names on the walls, Alex McRae photo attached was just one of them, his profile (Thanks to Dave O'Mara) attached. 118087 Pte Alexander McCrae Born: Ontario, Canada, 25th March 1896 Next of Kin: Angus McCrae (father) Occupation: Steam Fitter Previous service with 48th Highlanders Enlisted: 13th Canadian Mounted Rifles - Lethbridge, Alberta, 5th February 1915 Transferred to the Canadian Cavalry Depot at Shorncliffe (UK) 10th Sept 1915 Embarked for France and T/fd. To 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles – 20th December 1915 Served with 3rd Canadian Division throughout the war 24 March 1916: treated at 142 Fd.Amb. for ‘scalded hand’ BATTLE OF MOUNT SORREL 2nd – 14th June 1916 Hospital: (Camiers & Wimereaux) June 1916 – contused back (hit by shell shard on 4th June) BATTLE OF FLERS-COURCELETTE 15th – 22nd September 1916 Lightly Wounded 16th September 1916 – remained at duty BATTLE OF THIEPVAL 26th – 28th September 1916 BATTLE OF LE TRANSLOY 1st – 18th October 1916 BATTLE OF THE ANCRE HEIGHTS 1st October – 11th November 1916 5th Dec 1916: attached to 8th Inf Bde as a scout Feb - April 1917: 9 days in 42 CCS, remainder in 39 General Hosp. Le Havre - being treated for Gonorrhoea (forfeited pay) 1st April 1917: (re) attached to 8th Inf Bde as a scout The Battle of Vimy 9th -14th April 1917 The Attack on La Coulotte 23rd April 1917 The Third Battle of the Scarpe 3rd -4th May 1917 Operations towards Lens June – August 1917 The Battle of Hill 70 15th – 25th August 1917 The Second Battle of Passchendaele 26th October – 10th November 1917 Hospital: 3 Canadian CCS then UK (Birmingham and Epsom) July – October 1918 (Pleurisy) Oct- Dec 1918 : Seaford and Kinmel Park Returned to Canada – January 1919 Discharged – 21st February 1919 Contact me direct for a visit, costs depend on group size daveplatt.dp@google mail.com Or see Beaumonthamelview.com Thanks Dave Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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