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Remembered Today:

Pte Frank Edgar Marcham 1 Herts Regt d.29/3/15

Will O'Brien

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As per CWGC


Initials: F E

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Private

Regiment: Hertfordshire Regiment

Unit Text: 1st Bn.

Age: 22

Date of Death: 29/03/1915

Service No: 2780

Additional information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Marcham, of "Oakleigh," Western Rd., Tring, Herts.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: I. E. 16.


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& the cemetery info


Country: France

Locality: Pas de Calais

Location Information: Cuinchy is a village about 7 kms east of the town of Bethune and north of the N41 which runs between Bethune and La Bassee. About 1 km north-west of the village are cross roads known as Windy Corner, and Guards Cemetery is a little west of these cross roads.

Historical Information: A little west of the crossroads known to the army as 'Windy Corner' was a house used as a battalion headquarters and dressing station. The cemetery grew up beside this house. The original cemetery is now Plots I and II and Rows A to S of Plot III. It was begun by the 2nd Division in January 1915, and used extensively by the 4th (Guards) Brigade in and after February. It was closed at the end of May 1916, when it contained 681 graves. After the Armistice it was increased when more than 2,700 graves were brought in from the neighbouring battlefields - in particular the battlefields of Neuve-Chapelle, the Aubers Ridge and Festubert - and from small cemeteries. Guards Cemetery now contains 3,443 burials and commemorations of the First World War. 2,197 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to 36 casualties known or believed to be buried among them. Other special memorials commemorate six casualties buried in Indian Village North Cemetery, whose graves were destroyed by shell fire, and five Indian soldiers originally buried in the Guards Cemetery but afterwards cremated in accordance with the requirements of their faith. The cemetery was designed by Charles Holden.

No. of Identified Casualties: 1246

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Frank Marcham is listed on the Tring War memorial..............According to Martin Edwards' Roll of Honour site he was killed by a shell whilst resting in his billet & was prior to the war employed by Messrs Wright and Wright, coachbuilders. Not sure where this was sourced from as the source is not listed but it reads like a snippet from a period local newspaper

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