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Heath Cemetery, Harbonnieres

 

I had this cemetery marked to revisit due to the large number of concentrations. The GRRF and COG-BR documents were collected back in October 2016 and put on the CEFSG shared MediaFire site here:

 

http://www.mediafire.com/folder/ge38uz5vb5q0e/Heath_Cemetery%2C_Harbonnieres

 

Thanks to Chris Baker, a new set of GRRF and COG-BR files were found and are now included in the list. As always, if you are looking for a record and do not see it "just ask" and if you find one that is not on the list "tell me". I will go find them and update the list.  Here is the list as of 24 March 2020 (COVID-19 Lockdown +7 days here in Ontario, Canada):

 

Harbonnieres is located at 62d.W.12 on McMaster Map [Corbie] 62d. It is in the Australian sector to the north sector of the Canadian path (north of the Amiens-Roye Road, east of Villers-Bretonneux) for the Battle of Amiens 8-18 August 1918, as depicted on Nicholson Map 11.

 

I have taken the CWGC information regarding the concentrations and added the information from the DAL (David Avery List):

 

EDITED 17 November 2019: hunted for more information to tie down the area cemeteries (my comments in orange)

 

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Harbonnieres was captured by French troops in the summer of 1916. It was retaken by the Germans on 27 April 1918, and regained by the Australian Corps on 8 August 1918. Heath Cemetery, so called from the wide expanse of open country on which it stands, was made after the Armistice, next to a French Military Cemetery, now removed. Graves were brought into it from the battlefields between Bray (not the one at 57c.F.20 but Bray-sur-Somme at 62d.L.15) and Harbonnieres and from other burial grounds in the area, including:-

 

  1. BAYONVILLERS BRITISH CEMETERY 62d.Q.32.c, at the North end of the village, which contained the graves of 37 Australian soldiers, 11 from the United Kingdom, one from Canada (see below - that was Sergeant White of the Canadian Railway Troops), and one French Interpreter, all of whom fell in August, 1918;
    • the FRENCH MILITARY CEMETERY, at the South end of the village, in which one soldier from the United Kingdom was buried in March 1917;
    • and the GERMAN CEMETERY, near the Church, in which 14 Australian soldiers and 11 from the United Kingdom were buried by their comrades in August, 1918.
    • see COG-BR 2301337
       
  2. CERISY-GAILLY COMMUNAL CEMETERY FRENCH EXTN., which contained 157 French and 108 German graves, and those of three soldiers from the United Kingdom who fell in July, 1916. (Not on DAL, just Cerisy-Gailly New French Military Cemetery at 62d.Q.2.d.5.3 White Cross page 54 grid D20 #359).
    • there are GRRF documents for these burials at Cerisy in the second set of COG-BR records (i.e. DOC 2011372)
       
  3. CLUMP TRENCH CEMETERY, ROSIERES-DE-PICARDIE, 300 metres East of the road to Vauvillers, which contained the graves of 20 Australian soldiers and three from the United Kingdom who fell in August, 1918. (not on DAL)
     
  4. COPSE CORNER CEMETERY, VAUVILLERS 62d.X.15.c.2.2, by a copse (shows clearly on the trench map 62d) 900 metres North of Clump Trench Cemetery, which contained the graves of 22 men of the 7th Australian Battalion who fell on the 9th August 1918, and one soldier from the United Kingdom.
     
  5. DAVENESCOURT CHURCHYARD, in which five unidentified soldiers from the United Kingdom were buried. (not on DAL)
    • appears in the new 24 March 2020 batch at 66c.P.17.d.1.5 on COG-BR 2011341 - three men from the Royal Garrison Artillery
    • they have SPEC-EXH reports as well, such as SPEC-EXH 2011374 (they are still with the COG-BR docs at the moment)
       
  6. ETINEHEM (or COTE 77) FRENCH MILITARY CEMETERY, near the crossing of the roads from Etinehem (62d.L.25) to Meaulte (62d.F.17) and from Bray (62d.L.15) to Corbie (62d.O.5). Here were buried 290 French soldiers, now reburied in Cote 80 French National Cemetery, and 16 from the United Kingdom and one from Australia. (not on DAL - Etinehem Communal Cemetery at 62d.L.31.b.7.8)
    • that means it is at 62d.L.13 central where those crossroads are located
    • showed up on the new sheets Chris found 24 March 2020 at COG-BR 2011337 with TMC = 62c.L.19.d.2.3
    • old GRRF documents are with the COG-BR files DOC 2011384
       
  7. FRAMERVILLE BRITISH CEMETERY 62d.X.4.c.5.6  (or QUARRY CEMETERY), near the track leading to Herleville, which contained the graves of 23 soldiers from the United Kingdom and three from Australia who fell in August, 1918;
    • and the FRENCH MILITARY CEMETERY, on the road to Proyart, which contained the graves of two soldiers from the United Kingdom who fell in 1917.
       
  8. HARBONNIERES COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTN., in which 44 soldiers from the United Kingdom and 19 from Australia were buried by their comrades in August 1918. (not on DAL).
    Edit 21-10-2018: I think Trevor has found this in his analysis of the RFC/RAF Captain and Serjeant as being the cemetery at 62d.W.12.c.7.5 on the COG-BR sheets around this one, which shows very clearly on the trench maps:
    COG-BR 2301375 
     
  9. LONE FARM (or LONE HOUSE) CEMETERY, HARBONNIERES 62d.Q.30.c.5.5, about 900 metres East of Heath Cemetery. Here were buried 35 soldiers from Australia and nine from the United Kingdom, most of whom fell in August 1918.
     
  10. LOUVRECHY FRENCH MILITARY CEMETERY, at the West end of Louvrechy village, which contained the graves of two R.A.F. officers who fell in July 1918. (not on DAL)
    • appears on 24 March 2020 updates on COG-BR 2011342 at 66e.H.31.d.1.8
    • @fetubi may want to have a look at that page as the name of one of the men was adjusted
       
  11. MEMORIAL CEMETERY, VAUVILLERS 62d.X.21.c.5.8, a little South-East of the crossing of the Vauvillers-Rosieres and Harbonnieres-Lihons roads, which contained graves of 19 soldiers of the 9th Australian Battalion who fell in August 1918 .
     
  12. MERICOURT-SUR-SOMME COMMUNAL CEMETERY, in which one R.F.C. officer was buried in September 1916. (not on DAL - there us a Mericourt l'Abbe Communal Cemetery Extension at 62d.J.4.c.65.30)
  13. MERIGNOLLES BRITISH CEMETERY, PROYART 62d.R.15.a.9.3, half-way between Proyart and Chuignolles, which contained the graves of 21 Australian soldiers who fell the 23rd August 1918.
  14. MORCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY, in which three soldiers from United Kingdom were buried by the Germans;
    • the EXTENSION 62d.Q.16.c.4.8, in which Australian soldiers and eight from the United Kingdom were buried by their comrades in August 1918;
    • and the GERMAN CEMETERY "by the Church", which the Germans buried two men of the Rifle Brigade in April 1918.
       
  15. PROYART COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION 62d.R.15.a.3.0, made by the Germans in April-June, 1918, and used by the British in August and September, 1918, for the burial of 64 soldiers and airmen from the United Kingdom and 3 Australian soldiers.
    • shows up in the March 2020 documents retrieved on COG-BR 2011318 at 62d.R.15.a.3.5
       
  16. RIDGEWAY CEMETERY, LIHONS 62d.X.29.c.5.5, on the road from Lihons to Rosieres, which contained the graves of 23 Australian soldiers who fell in August 1918.
     
  17. SAILLY-LAURETTE MILITARY CEMETERY 62d.K.25.c.0.0, 800 metres due North of Sailly-Laurette village. Here were buried 38 soldiers from the United Kingdom mainly of the 58th (London) Division and two from Australia, who fell in August 1918.
     
  18. VERMANDOVILLERS GERMAN CEMETERY, from which the grave of one R.A.F. officer was brought. (not on DAL)
    • one of the 32 men on this CWGC LIST but I did not check them all to see which one it was
    • March 24th update at COG-BR 2011356 has it at 62c.S.9.b.3.7
       

The earliest date of death is September 1915, the latest October 1918, but the majority died in March or August 1918.There are now 1,860 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 369 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to 26 casualties known or believed to be buried among them. Other special memorials record the names of 21 casualties buried in other cemeteries, whose graves could not be found.

 

These cemeteries were not on the above CWGC list:

 

The above list mentions one Canadian at Bayonvillers British Cemetery, so I had to check him out. There are eight (8) Canadians listed for Heath Cemetery:

  • Pinkham and Chard of the 31st Battalion in 3.E.1 and 3.E.2 found at 62d.W.14.c.2.1 (COG-BR 2301339
  • Hardman of the 8th Battalion in 8.D.3 found at 57d.R.28.b.7.1, so that had to be 1916 (COG-BR 2011352)
    • that was correct, killed in the attack near Courcelette (COD)
  • Culling of the 29th Battalion in 8.I.21 found at 62d.W.5 central (COG-BR 23014200), along with Calberry and McLean of the 25th Battalion in 8.I.19 and 8.I.20
  • White of the 6th Battalion Canadian Railway Troops in 3,G,1 found at Bayonvillers Military Cemetery shown as 62d.Q.32 (COG-BR 2301301) - so he is the one mentioned above

 

Edited by laughton
added COG-BR links; added update 17 November 2019; added new files 24 March 2020

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laughton

From the COG-BR documents:

  • They found Gunner Hart in 2.A.9 on the basis of the disc in the grave #31771, which may have led them to Martin in 2.A.8, both 26 March 1918 (COG-BR 2301296)
  • A Serjeant of the East Lances in 1.C.5 (COG-BR 2301299) and another on the same page in 1.G.4. Probably late March 1918 as there are six (6) known (CWGC list) from the 2nd, 4th, 2nd/4th and 2nd/5th battalions. There are twenty (20) on the Pozieres Memorial, so there is no case here, as all of those units or the 15th Entrenching Battalion.
  • Three (3) Serjeants of the Australian 5th Division, 29th Battalion (COG-BR 2301300), with a 2nd Lt. of the Northumberland Fusiliers
  • A Corporal of the 16th Australian Battalion, which would be August 1918 (COG-BR 2301302). There are three (3) from 1918 on the VB Memorial (CWGC Link), all August 8th as expected.

 

.... more to follow

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I had expanded the list with some comments and "poof" I lost it when I answered a message.

 

Now up to COG-BR 2301353 which has a sad case. The exhumation company lost the body of 2nd Lieutenant Harry Heywood Coombe, 10th Bn A.I.F., sometime between when he was exhumed from 62d.R.8.c.7.3 and arrival at the Heath Cemetery. It is possible that he is in the cemetery somewhere, as he could not have just fallen off the truck! I am not sure if it is linked to the rest of the Australians that fell on the 23rd. Sector R.8 is immediately north of R.14 just north of Proyart. Keep your eyes peeled for any extra officer from that sector.

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MERIGNOLLES BRITISH CEMETERY, PROYART 62d.R.15.a.9.3, half-way between Proyart and Chuignolles, which contained the graves of 21 Australian soldiers who fell the 23rd August 1918.

 

The Serjeant of the 7th London Regiment on COG-BR 2301363 is either Alfred Chapman or George Angus, if the information is correct except for the date (CWGC Link). Perhaps we will find the second one and then know they are both "Buried in this Cemetery"? They were recovered from 62d.K.31.a.10.00. There are others on this page, such as Private Reeves who are dated the 13th and were killed on the 9th. Probably the burial date was used. There is another Unknown Serjeant of the London Regiment on COG-BR 2301388 found at 62d.K.27.d.70.90 but we don't have a battalion or date. That may not matter as during the Battle of Amiens in August 1918 there are only two missing Serjeants of the London Regiment, chapman and Angus, so that means we have a case for a "Special Memorial A". This Serjeant was found with Private G T Taylor who was 4th Bn London Regiment, 8 August 1918. Thought for a moment we had a snag, there is a third Unknown Sergeant found at the same location on COG-BR 2301409. Turns out it is a duplicate page!

 

Need to go back and check on Unknown Airmen in the cemetery, as I am sure I noticed a few. That relates to COG-BR 2301374 where they did identify 2nd Lt R. R. C. Winter in plane F6152 but they did not find Lt. A. C. R. Hawley in plane F2167. Both were in Sopwith Camels that Trevor's book @fetubi tells us (page 200) were lost on the third raid to the bridge at Brie. From that we know they were down somewhere near 62d.X.17.a.2.7. He was recovered by the Australians.

 

For my records, 3 Canadians on COG-BR 2301420, of the 25th and 29th  Battalions operating along the north border of the Canadian front at 62d.W.5 near Marcelcave. They had crossed into the Australian sector. It appears they were sent back to an Aid Station in that area. There are seven (7) known Canadians in this cemetery (CWGC Link).

 

Back later to check again to see if I can find that other airman and to make a decision on the London Regiment Serjeant.

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Going back I found the UNKNOWN British Airman in 5.H.16 on COG-BR 2301350. He was located at 62d.X.9.b.6.8 which is about 1,700 yards northwest of the airman in F6152. I would say that makes him a serious candidate but there may have been others lost in the same location.

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fetubi

I'll look into it Richard.  It'll be tomorrow.  I hadn't found this.

 

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fetubi

Actually, I see I'd tagged this Unknown Airman as possibly as JW Jones - NKG Observer from 107Sqn with Capt AJ Mayo, whose grave was found in 1919 at Sh.62d R.24.c.9.4. 2 miles east of Proyart - shot down on 9th August 1918.  We'll see.

 

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Cheshire22

Richard and Trevor 

 

you don’t mention the unknown RFC Sgt & Captain who are buired in Plot 6, Row E, Graves 8 and 9

 

both were found at 62d. W. 12. a. 7. 5. 

 

Further more, there is an unknown Lance Corporal in Plot 5, Row C, Grave 8 

 

he is from the 10th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlands and was found with Sgt Dunne of the same Battalion who died in August 1918. 

 

Early indications would show that the unknown Lance Corporal is 300835 L/Cpl Daniel McAvoy, who died on the 23/08/1918

 

Jamie

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laughton

I have put the London Regiment Serjeants into their own topic here:

 

Heath Cemetery, Harbonnieres: Case #1 - London Regiment Serjeants

 

The RFC Sgt and Captain that "Good Eyes" Jamie @Cheshire22 noted above are on COG-BR 2301375 and COG-BR 2301376. There is no unit affiliation or any other details for the Captain.

 

The Argyll Lance Corporal with Serjeant Claude Dunne is on COG-BR 2301315.  Lance Corporal William Wright of the 1st/7th killed 27 August 1918 would need to be eliminated base on his location. There are only eight (8) A&S Lance Corporals on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial (CWGC Link), so not a difficult task to research.

 

surname forename death unit # War Diary Information / Location
AGNEW JAMES 12-10-18 1st/7th Bn. '326439'  
CHARLESTON ROBERT 23-10-18 2nd Bn. 'S/22983'  
GORRIE CHARLES 23-10-18 2nd Bn. 'S/41026'  
MILROY JAMES 23-10-18 2nd Bn. 'S/17065'  
McAVOY DANIEL 23-08-18 10th Bn. '300835'  
WILKINSON ALEXANDER 23-10-18 2nd Bn. '278507'  
WILLIAMSON ARCHIBALD 29-09-18 10th Bn. 'S/3949'  
WRIGHT WILLIAM 27-08-18 1st/7th Bn. '276544'  

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fetubi
6 hours ago, Cheshire22 said:

Richard and Trevor 

 

you don’t mention the unknown RFC Sgt & Captain who are buired in Plot 6, Row E, Graves 8 and 9

 

both were found at 62d. W. 12. a. 7. 5. 

 

Further more, there is an unknown Lance Corporal in Plot 5, Row C, Grave 8 

 

he is from the 10th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlands and was found with Sgt Dunne of the same Battalion who died in August 1918. 

 

Early indications would show that the unknown Lance Corporal is 300835 L/Cpl Daniel McAvoy, who died on the 23/08/1918

 

Jamie

Hi Jamie,  Thanks for this.  I'm at work currently, but do you have a ref for this sheet, with the Sgt and Captain?

Cheers, Trevor

 

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Cheshire22

Trevor, 

 

richard has provide direct links above to the cob’s

 

im unable to attach anything 

 

the GRRF for the Sgt and Captain can found with either 89350 Finch or 30246 Boote 

 

the headstone schedule for the Sgt is with Boote and the headstone schedule for the Captain is with Finch 

 

both on the GRRF and the headstone schedules are showing as RFC, there possibly a two man crew

 

jamie 

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Cheshire22

There can’t be many Captain and Sgt crews to have fallen 

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laughton

I opened up a new Case #2 for the RFC Captain and Serjeant here:

 

 

Edited by laughton
moved to separate topic Case #2

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In this Cemetery, there are 12 Unknown Australia Soldiers from the 7th Battalion in 

 

Plot 3, Row D, Graves 15, 16 and 17 - No dates of death

 

Plot 4, Row A, Graves 11, 12, 13 and 14- all with date of death of 09/08/1918.  

 

Plot 3, Row F, Graves 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17 - no dates of death 

 

1 unknown Australian with no unit or date of death in Plot 3, Row J, Grave 16 - he is buried amongst those from the 7th Bn who all died on the 09/08/1918 and he was originally buired with them at 62d SE. X. 20. b. 10. 10. So could be a Soldier of the 7th Bn as well. 

 

Lets say he is a member of the 7th Bn, we have 13 unknowns from them 7th Bn in this Cemetery 

 

for August 1918, the Battalion oh 13 Unknown’s on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial. 

 

Does anybody know, if the Fallen Diggers inc are aware of this. 

 

As i can not get into their website, I’ve tired 3 different computers as it is not happening. 

 

Can some, please get in contact with them to see, if they are aware of this fact

 

jami 

 

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laughton

These should now go into separate topics:

 

I will tag Dennis Frank at Fallen Diggers @DennisF73 There are cases filed for these graves:

  • Case 251: King & Kelly 7.E.11, 7.D.11
  • Case 426: Gorman - Special Memorial
  • Case 454: 1.F.17 Pte Leslie Styles #262

 

The new topics now exist, so the information was removed from this post. I have to take a more detailed look at the case on the wrong memorial to see if it should actually be Case #5 for this cemetery.

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updating post

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As it turned out, Case #3 and Case #4 were short lived, as the men may have already been accounted for on the SPECIAL MEMORIALS. I put the details on those separate pages. My guess is that the "Diggers" already had figured this out.

 

Case #5 is still active, as that is clearly an error.

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On 13/10/2018 at 07:30, laughton said:

HARBONNIERES COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTN., in which 44 soldiers from the United Kingdom and 19 from Australia were buried by their comrades in August 1918. (not on DAL).
Edit 21-10-2018: I think Trevor has found this in his analysis of the RFC/RAF Captain and Serjeant as being the cemetery at 62d.W.12.c.7.5 on the COG-BR sheets around this one, which shows very clearly on the trench maps:
COG-BR 2301375 

 

The Harbonnieres Communal Cemetery 62d.W.12.c.7.5 still exists today at  49°50'50.94"N  2°40'40.30"E, which is a match to the trench map coordinates (CLICK HERE for GOOGLE EARTH VIEW).

 

Heath Cemetery, Harbonnieres 62d.Q.30.c.1.3 was reported as being created after the Armistice, so post 1918. It is listed on page 125 of the "White Cross" Atlas (Map 21 Sector G6). McMaster Map 62d SE [Somme River, Luce River, south of Albert : Battle of Amiens 1918] shows it to be very near a 1918 era hospital. It can be seen 3,000 yards almost due north on Google Earth at  49°52'21.26"N 2°40'20.06"E.

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Chris_Baker

Richard @laughton, unless I have downloaded old zip files I can't see one Burial Return document that would be of interest to me. Hope you can help.

 

Pte 16054 Pte Ronson (Liverpool Regiment) lies in Plot 8 row E grave 2. A few graves down from him in E.5 is a un-named man shown as a Sergeant of the regiment. Unfortunately he is not on the same Burial Return as Ronson and is presumably on the next sheet in the file. I'd be grateful if you could link to the right document if you have it, just to see if there is any further clue about who he is, no matter how small.

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Chris: @Chris_Baker

 

You have found a new location for both GRRF and COG-BR documents for this cemetery. Great - that is why I always say that there is no assurance that I have them all and if you see one missing, please let me know. You may now take a seat at the front of the class!

 

I will go fetch the new sets now so they should be updated here shortly. In the meantime, this is the document you are looking for:

https://archive.cloud.cwgc.org/archive/doc/doc2011353.JPG

doc2011353.JPG

 

They are there now!

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Thanks to Chris Baker, a new set of GRRF and COG-BR files were found and are now included in the list. As always, if you are looking for a record and do not see it "just ask" and if you find one that is not on the list "tell me". I will go find them and update the list.  Here is the list as of 24 March 2020 (COVID-19 Lockdown +7 days here in Ontario, Canada):

 

Edited by laughton
updated with new files

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@fetubi will want to know that the new sheets just uncovered by Chris have two UNKNOWN RAF men, two different dates. In the one case they marked the man as coming from German grave No. 625 so this was on a "GB List" (German Burial List). If we can narrow him down, that reference should be on his ICRC file.

 

I will check, as I go through these new documents, to see if they have exhumation records.

 

There must be an error in the CWGC database as I thought the first fellow on 18 June 1918 might be Lieutenant Peter Nielsen. He is listed on the CWGC as being both in Heath Cemetery Grave 2.H.4 (as P. Nielsen) and on the Arras Flying Services Memorial (as Peter Nielsen). Both same 84th Squadron, has to be the same man. Maybe Trevor (or someone) already found him and they forgot to remove the original listing?

 

*** my typo error above, see Trevor's post #22 below as the one at Heath was spelt NEILSEN, thus the error.

 

The second fellow, if that is a date of death, must be Hunter (62d.P.29) or Taylor (62d.P.10) from 209 Squadron, both on that area in separate Sopwith Camels.

 

doc2011334.JPG

 

Edited by laughton
noted Trevor's reference to spelling

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Chris_Baker

That's excellent, Richard. Thank you!

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fetubi

Richard,

I'll take a look.

By the way, I have definitely found a new Canadian NKG Airman this week.  Am writing a report.

A friend in Scotland sent me a page, and research has fallen into place 100% - so pleased to tell you about this.

More later,

 

Trevor

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Richard,

First thing to note about the Nielsen case - the name in the Arras record is Nielsen...(correct).  But the name on the Heath Mil Cem records is Neilsen... (incorrect) - but is the same person.  In my view, that anomaly/error has caused the young man to have been mixed up/lost for 102 years.

There are absolutely no RFC/RAF Records (in AIR1) for anyone called Neilsen.  There are several for Peter Nielsen, of 84 Squadron, killed 18 June 1918. I had not seen the "P Neilsen" CWGC record, as I had never had cause to look up anyone called Neilsen.  A year ago, I has penciled in the "Unknown Airmen" found at Sh.62d W.4.d.10.50, and now in Heath MC as almost certainly being Peter Nielsen of 84Sqn, and now we know it is. 

His gravestone and records need correcting: the CWGC need to be advised of this anomaly, and get it sorted out. VERY WELL DONE for this research Richard - it's down to you, to have sorted this, by your fastidious work. I'll get some notes together for the CWGC. Incidentally, a Submission I made in Feb to CWGC about an Irish NKG pilot is also almost certainly partly due to their mis-spelling of his name in their records as well. 

I also completely concur that the other airman is one of those two 209 Sqn Camel pilots lost that day. But which  it is, will I suspect remain unknown, which is tragic.

 

Trevor

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Dear Mr. Laughton,

Thank you for pointing out that we were had two records for Peter Nielsen.  In light of your evidence we have now corrected our record in Heath Cemetery and deleted the entry from the Arras Flying Services Memorial:-

https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/559947/nielsen,-peter/

The headstone in Heath Cemetery will also be corrected in due course. 

Yours sincerely
 

Roy Hemington
Records Data Manager

Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Maidenhead, Berkshire, United Kingdom

 

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