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Pte Matthew Duff 9 Black Watch d.11/2/18

Will O'Brien

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As per CWGC

Name: DUFF

Initials: M

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Private

Regiment: Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)

Unit Text: 9th Bn.

Date of Death: 11/02/1918

Service No: 268133

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: II. B. 20.


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& the cemetery info


Country: France

Locality: Pas de Calais

Location Information: Fampoux is a village 8 kilometres east of Arras on the D42. Level Crossing Cemetery is on the southern side of the village.

Historical Information: Fampoux village was taken by the 4th Division (passing through the 9th (Scottish) Division) on 9 April 1917. It remained close behind the Allied front line but part of it was lost on 28 March 1918 during the German advance. The village was cleared by the 51st (Highland) Division on 26 August 1918. The cemetery was begun in June 1917 when a numbers of graves of April and May were brought in from the battlefield It was used until March 1918 and two further burials were made in October 1918. In addition to the 9th and 51st Division, the 15th (Scottish) Division fought in the area, and over half the graves are those of soldiers of Scottish regiments. Level Crossing Cemetery contains 405 burials and commemorations of the First World War. 29 of the burials are unidentified and a special memorial commemorates one casualty believed to be buried in this cemetery. The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.

No. of Identified Casualties: 376

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Not too sure about an online MIC...............There are 2 in the name of Matthew Duff & one of these is a Royal Highlander but the service number is all wrong.

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Surname DUFF

Firstname Matthew

Service number 268133

Date of death 11/02/1918


Place of birth Dundee

Other 9th Bn.


Rank Pte

Theatre of death F.& F.

15th Div took over the Arras section from 4th Division 5th to 7th February 1918. They conducted raids but none on the 11th.



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The war diary records the following -

Enemy making a practise of shelling known tracks and Reserve Lines during "Stand-to" hour. A direct hit on WELFORD RESERVE at 5 a.m. and 2 men of "C" Coy. were killed ...

It would appear that Pte. Duff was one of those killed.


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