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Hi, I don't suppose anyone has a grave photo for Rfm Alfred Owen Smith who is buried at Hamworthy?

 

https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/2749081/ALFRED OWEN SMITH/

 

I've checked TWGPP and the photo they have is for another man with the same name. This man was an 18 year old civilian who drowned in an accident in 1915. There are photos and further details on Find-a-Grave: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/172775713/alfred-owen-smith

 

The man recorded by CWGC was an older soldier age 39 who took his own life in 1917. Apparently he is buried elsewhere in the same churchyard but I haven't been able to find a photo of the grave.

 

This is mostly just to satisfy my own curiosity but any help will be appreciated!

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The CWGC register indicates that Rfm A O Smith is interred in a private grave (no CWGC stone)

his grave marker may have been lost with the passage of time

 

 

Ray

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There has to be a private grave marker, otherwise CWGC would ahve arranged a replacement, or an alternative commemoration.

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8 hours ago, RaySearching said:

The CWGC register indicates that Rfm A O Smith is interred in a private grave (no CWGC stone)

his grave marker may have been lost with the passage of time

 

 

Ray

 

Details have been added here, although no photograph. As referenced on CWGC the grave is to the North East of the Church.

Alfred's name appears on the War Memorial.

 

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/172444569/alfred-owen-smith

 

https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/125354

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I've just had a belated reply from the CWGC. Apparently they have been inspecting the wrong headstone all this time (the 1915 one!), but following my enquiry they now have the correct plot. The grave does have a family headstone but they say the inscription is barely legible and so they will be looking to install a new one. This is the photo they sent:

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