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St. Souplet British Cemetery: Case #1 Unknown Captain KRRC


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This is a derivative of this post:

 

https://www.greatwarforum.org/topic/145317-st-souplet-cemetery/?do=findComment&comment=2750162

 

Here we find an Unknown British Officer (Captain) of the King's Royal Rifle Corps in Grave 3.A.27, concentrated from the Urvillers British Cemetery, French Grave 2.4.65.

 

That cemetery is located at 66c.B.28.a.1.7. There are a number of other men with him.

 

The COG-BR records are confusing as it appears there are Germans intermingled.

 

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It would appear that these come from action in March 1918, as there are a large number of these men listed for Memorial Row. The CWGC does note that Urvillers was the scene of fighting in 1914 and 1918. CWGC also reports 14 graves from the 14th (Light) Division:

  • (7th, 8th, 9th KRRC)
  • 7th is 41st Brigade, left February 1918
  • 8th is also 41st, left as cadre in June 1918
  • 9th is 42nd Brigade, also left as cadre in June 1918

 

I have not yet matched those with the COG-BR list, which may not be possible, as their graves may have been lost. The ones on the GRRF are named.

 

The CWGC site names 47 men of the KRRC for the St. Souplet British Cemetery: (I removed one who was attached to the 23rd Labour Corps). It appears 15 in graves (CWGC says 14) and the rest are on the Special Memorials. There are no Captains on this list, so he as an UNKNOWN.

 

surname forename death rank unit # grave
MORRISON ARTHUR 18-10-18 Corporal 4th Bn. 'A/1633' I. A. 4.
BULL HENRY 18-10-18 Rifleman 4th Bn. 'R/15189' I. A. 6.
BRICE FRANCIS HENRY 01-12-17 Rifleman 11th Bn. 'R/21263' I. F. 24.
FORDHAM ALBERT LAURANCE 31-08-18 Rifleman 9th Bn. 'R/25107' I. F. 28.
HILL WILLIAM 29-08-14 Rifleman 2nd Bn. '11216' I. F. 36.
TALBOT WILLIAM DOMINIC 23-03-18 Rifleman 9th Bn. 'A/204264' I. G. 12.
GILBERT WILLIAM GEORGE 21-03-18 Rifleman "C" Coy. 9th Bn. 'R/33558' I. G. 15.
STONE E J 21-03-18 Rifleman 8th Bn. 'A/205401' I. G. 4.
DOMINY ALFRED LEWIS 23-03-18 Corporal 9th Bn. 'R/21496' I. G. 6.
JONAS S 25-03-18 Rifleman 9th Bn. 'R/38280' I. G. 9.
CAUSLEY SIDNEY 21-03-18 Rifleman 12th Bn. 'A/202635' I. J. 11.
BRAKENBERRY WILLIAM HORACE 23-10-18 Second Lieutenant 13th Bn.   II. A. 8.
MITCHELL W G 29-03-18 Rifleman 11th Bn. 'R/18903' II. BB. 18.
STONE P E 09-04-18 Rifleman 8th Bn. 'A/201641' III. BB. 4.
STONE A C 05-10-17 Rifleman 12th Bn. 'R/38559' III. C. 6.
HANSON HORACE VICTOR 21-03-18 Rifleman 9th Bn. 'R/42385' Urvillers German Cem Mem. 26.
RUSSELL ALBERT 21-03-18 Rifleman 9th Bn. 'C/3267' Urvillers German Cem Mem. 37.
UPTON ALBERT HENRY 21-03-18 Rifleman 9th Bn. 'R/9009' Urvillers German Cem Mem. 42.
OLIVER SIDNEY JAMES 21-03-18 Rifleman 8th Bn 'R/205374' Urvillers German Cem. Mem 21.
AVES EDWARD 21-03-18 Rifleman 7th Bn. 'A/205267' Urvillers German Cem. Mem. 14.
BASSETT HARRY 21-03-18 Rifleman 7th Bn. 'R/40423' Urvillers German Cem. Mem. 15.
BRIGGS GEORGE 21-03-18 Rifleman 7th Bn. 'A/205281' Urvillers German Cem. Mem. 16.
GILLETT JAMES 21-03-18 Rifleman 7th Bn. 'A/205327' Urvillers German Cem. Mem. 17.
WALLER SAMUEL ALFRED 21-03-18 Corporal 7th Bn. 'R/29134' Urvillers German Cem. Mem. 18.
YOUNG DONALD WILKES 21-03-18 Rifleman 7th Bn. 'R/30444' Urvillers German Cem. Mem. 19.
BROADIS FREDERICK PERCY 21-03-18 Lance Corporal 8th Bn. 'R/27453' Urvillers German Cem. Mem. 20.
SCRUBY JOHN JAMES 21-03-18 Rifleman 8th Bn. 'R/37417' Urvillers German Cem. Mem. 22.
SPENCER JOHN EDWIN 21-03-18 Rifleman 8th Bn. 'R/38745' Urvillers German Cem. Mem. 23.
BRISTOW EDWIN JAMES 21-03-18 Rifleman "C" Coy. 9th Bn. 'R/37854' Urvillers German Cem. Mem. 24.
BRIDGE WILLIAM 21-03-18 Rifleman 9th Bn. 'A/204223' Urvillers German Cem. Mem. 25.
HUMMERSTONE C H 21-03-18 Rifleman 9th Bn. 'R/204240' Urvillers German Cem. Mem. 27.
HEAP A 21-03-18 Rifleman 9th Bn. 'R/18497' Urvillers German Cem. Mem. 28.
JEYES WILLIAM JOSEPH JOHN 21-03-18 Rifleman 9th Bn. 'R/42211' Urvillers German Cem. Mem. 30.
BOYES FRED 21-03-18 Rifleman 9th Bn. 'R/26527' Urvillers German Cem. Mem. 31.
JOHNSTON E 21-03-18 Rifleman 9th Bn. 'A/201110' Urvillers German Cem. Mem. 32.
JONES R C 21-03-18 Lance Corporal 9th Bn. 'R/21947' Urvillers German Cem. Mem. 33.
MADLE S S 21-03-18 Rifleman 9th Bn. 'A/205111' Urvillers German Cem. Mem. 34.
PAYNE H 21-03-18 Rifleman 9th Bn. 'C/3015' Urvillers German Cem. Mem. 35.
PRUST G 21-03-18 Rifleman 9th Bn 'R/36924' Urvillers German Cem. Mem. 36.
SEARLE SIDNEY 21-03-18 Lance Corporal 9th Bn. 'R/23201' Urvillers German Cem. Mem. 38.
SIDE EDWIN THOMAS 21-03-18 Rifleman 9th Bn. '394037' Urvillers German Cem. Mem. 39.
SKINNER A A 21-03-18 Rifleman 9th Bn. 'R/12232' Urvillers German Cem. Mem. 40.
SYKES G 21-03-18 Rifleman 9th Bn. 'R/516' Urvillers German Cem. Mem. 41.
BOULTON GEORGE 21-03-18 Rifleman 17th Bn. 'R/17112' Urvillers German Cem. Mem. 43.
EDWARDS CHARLES HENRY 21-03-18 Lance Corporal 9th Bn. '5/5014' Urvillers German Cem. Mem. 51.
JACKSON F 21-03-18 Rifleman 9th Bn. 'A/205093' Urvillers German Cem., Mem. 29.

 

There are two UNKNOWN CAPTAINS on the CWGC:

 

Captain

SINGLEHURST, REGINALD

Died 21/03/1918

Aged 36

24th Bn. attd. 9th Bn. 
King's Royal Rifle Corps

Captain

JACKMAN, HAROLD

Died 21/03/1918

7th Bn. 
King's Royal Rifle Corps

M C

 

There is nothing about the numerals. so we can not separate the two by that means. We also do not know where they were recovered. The only distinguishing item is the Military Cross, however I have not yet checked (checked - not found) to see if Jackman had it at the time of his death, in which case he may have been wearing the ribbons. No mention of those on the COG-BR.

 

WD 7th Battalion 21 March 1918

  • at Rnay
  • barrage opened at 4:45 am from the Germans and lasted 5 hours
  • Captain Jackman of "A" Coy is reported killed, while Borthwick ("D" Coy) and Sanders ("C" Coy) severely wounded and in enemy hands
  • King ("B" Coy) got back

 

WD 9th Battalion 21 March 1918

  • German's approaching down the St. Quentin Road
  • D Coy apparently holding out at Lambay Farm
  • on the evening of the 21st March the battalion apparently ceased to exist
  • only Captain Webber of "B" Coy is mentioned by name as WIA

 

I will have to file this under "Share a Grave" as it is one of these two men but I don't see a way to determine which one.

Edited by laughton
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