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Proven?? Proveu???


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Another location mentioned in great uncle's diary:

April 19, 1918 – Snowed most all day. Not much doing. Ordered to A.D.S. then ordered to 121 Brigade R[oyal] F[ield] Artillery located near Berthen. Reported late in p.m. Officers very nice.

April 20, 1918 – Usual sick parade. Not very much work. Went round in p.m. with Co. McMillan to the batteries, saw these in action. Good sleep.

April 21, 1918 – (Sunday) Stayed about mess all day, like fine. Read, The Prospector.

April 22, 1918 – Sick parade in a.m. Went with Padre Davies to Provin to E. F. [Expeditionary Forces] canteen. Very heavily shelled at night with shrapnel. No mail since Friday

"Provin" could also be "Proveu". I didn't have any luck on multimaps. Also could not tell if this was in Belgium or France. Maybe the "canteen" reference will help in verifying the location.

Again, many thanks for any suggestions.


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Proven is about 3 miles NW of Poperinge, and ten miles west of Ypres/Ieper, in Belgium.

Great-uncle Percy (11th Suffolks) got his first "Blighty" there when shelled while building roads...


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The village of Proven is well worth a visit to the battlefield visitor. A number of the pre-war buildings still have writing on them from various Quartermater Depts. The writing explains how many Officers, men and horses could be billeted in the houses. There is an info panel (white diamond) at the entrance to the village (Poperinge side) telling the visitor what houses still have the painted writing on.



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My Great Grandfather's brother, Albert V Finch (WR/250616), had his medical for sign-off at Proven, upon his demobilization, on 12th Feb 1919, according to his service records (specifically, the Statement as to Disability, Form Z22). He was with the 111th Railway Company, Royal Engineers. I haven't yet accessed the war diaries but would be interested to hear from anyone with knowledge of this company or of those who were in Proven around that time.

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