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Kia 1918 at Beaucamp near Villers-Plouich but commemorated on Arras Memorial

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I am researching 49443 Corporal Thomas Fairgray, 16th Battery, 41st Brigade, Royal Field Artillery.


He was killed in action near the village of Beaucamp, France, west of Villers-Plouich, on the 21st March 1918 (Battle of St. Quentin).


He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, but should this man be commemorated on a memorial so far north from where he was killed? Should he be recorded on another 'more local' memorial?


War Diary, 21 March 1918:

'The 16th and 17th Batteries near Beaucamp were neutralised during the beginning of the attack with gas, 4.2” & 5.9”. Both Batteries fired for over 4 ½ hours in their gas masks. The 16th suffering several casualties.’



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