RAVC Posted 22 January , 2018 Share Posted 22 January , 2018 (edited) By pure chance I found out last year that my Great Great Uncle, Alfred Moffatt, was killed in action on 12th April 1918 in Flanders. Rank of Private. He was 34. Born in Burnhope, in the district of Lanchester, County Durham and worked at Burnhope Colliery as as miner and then a painter. He enlisted with the 1/8th Royal Scots at Consett, Co. Durham but I cannot find an enlistment date or any other service records except those relating to his death. I know the 1/8th became part of the 51st Highland Division of the 3rd Army on 19th August 1915 as the Pioneer Battalion. His Service Number was 335167 and his Regimental Number was 8301. His place of death seems to be Comines-Warneton (this may not be correct) during what has been described as the 4th Battle of Ypres or the Battle of Lys. He is remembered on the Ploegsteert Memorial for The Missing on Panel One. I also found out that his name was missing from the Burnhope Memorial. After much help from local councillors his name was added to the Burnhope Memorial during a major refurbishment and re-dedicated in November 2017. I attended that service. This year on the 100th anniversary of his death my wife and I will be visitng the Ploegsteert Memorial to pay our respects. He was listed as injured in the 10th September 1917 edition of The Scotsman newspaper but no information was included as to how and where. Another 1/8th soldier, Charles Donald, was listed in that same editon of the newspaper, as having died of his wounds on 29th July 1917. Obviously Alfred recovered to be back in the line in April 1918. It seems 17 members of the 1/8th were killed on the same day as Alfred. I have read the War Diary entry for that day but no mention is made of Alfred. That day seemed a very difficult one for the Battalion as it bore the brunt of a major German push. As ex-Army, with an eldest son who is a serving soldier, I would like to find out more about our relative. When did he enlist, where and how was he injured and most importantly where did he die? If anyone can help or give advice to assist I would be very grateful. To know where he died would allow us to visit the place while in Belgium on the 12th April 2018. Many thanks. Edited 22 January , 2018 by RAVC spelling correction Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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