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Osten

My parents are heading to Ypres in June and with them will be friends whose ancestor was killed on the 14th  December 1917. He was working as part of a team working near the front line laying cables. The official history of the New Zealand Wellington Regiment describes the event but not clear on the location. However, I have found descriptions on the records of some that died that day to a place named 'Dead Mule Gully". I have looked at several maps and have not located any reference to it. Can anyone help? Thanks Karl Osten.

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BillyH
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Three references here :

http://nzetc.victoria.ac.nz/tm/scholarly/tei-WH1-NZRi-t1-body-d11-d2.html

One of these references is copied below :

The 1st Battalion relieved the 3rd Otago Battalion on the right, the 4th Battalion took over from 3rd. Canterbury on the left, the 3rd moved into a new support position in Dead Mule Gully, behind Polygonveld, and the 2nd to reserve at Halfway House and Railway Wood, about a mile north-west of Hooge. The 1st Wellington Battalion was temporarily attached to our Brigade,

 

BillyH.

 

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charlie2

If you look at the concentration records on the CWGC site https://www.cwgc.org/find/find-war-dead/results?regiment=Wellington%2BRegiment%2c%2BN.Z.E.F.&exactDate=14-12-1917 for the NZ Wellington Regt men, you may be able to narrow down his place of burial a bit further. Wellington Regt soldiers were concentrated from J.9.a.2.5., J9.a.3.6. And J8.b.2.7. all of which are pretty close to dead mule gully.

Charlie

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