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Hello

Trying to find out what happened on 3rd May 1916 with the 1st Btn Cold Gds.

I know from the war diary that a shell accident at Ypres Prison resulting in 2 killed, soldiers died records only 2

W Fuller and

A Taylor ( from Birmingham)

So why is the former in Ypres Reservoir Cem and the latter in Lijssenthoek ?

Cant find out any details on Fullers death so am trying to find Taylor details in case its the same incident but the differance in where they are buried has thrown me

Any ideas??

Cheers Ian

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Might it depend on how far they got down the medical evacuation chain if not killed outright?

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Ian,

It's possible that Taylor survived the blast as LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY was a CCS in WWI.

I've posted the CWGC history of both below:

YPRES RESERVOIR CEMETERY

From October 1914 to the autumn of 1918, Ypres (now Ieper) was at the centre of a salient held by Commonwealth (and for some months by French) forces. From April 1915, it was bombarded and destroyed more completely than any other town of its size on the Western Front, but even so certain buildings remained distinguishable. The ruins of the cathedral and the cloth hall stood together in the middle of the city, part of the infantry barracks stood in an angle of the south walls and the prison, reservoir and water tower were together at the western gate. Three cemeteries were made near the western gate: two between the prison and the reservoir, both now removed into the third, and the third on the north side of the prison. The third was called at first the "Cemetery North of the Prison," later "Ypres Reservoir North Cemetery, and now Ypres Reservoir Cemetery. This cemetery was begun in October 1915 and used by fighting units and field ambulances until after the Armistice, when it contained 1,099 graves. The cemetery was later enlarged when graves were brought in from smaller cemeteries or from the battlefields of the salient. In Plot V, Row AA, are the graves of 16 officers and men of the 6th Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, who were billeted in the vaults of the cathedral and killed on 12 August 1915 by shelling from the "Ypres Express" firing from Houthulst Forest. The survivors were rescued by the 11th King's Liverpools, but these bodies were not recovered until after the Armistice. There are now 2,613 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in the cemetery. 1,034 of the burials are unidentified. The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.

LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY

During the First World War, the village of Lijssenthoek was situated on the main communication line between the Allied military bases in the rear and the Ypres battlefields. Close to the Front, but out of the extreme range of most German field artillery, it became a natural place to establish casualty clearing stations. The cemetery was first used by the French 15th Hopital D'Evacuation and in June 1915, it began to be used by casualty clearing stations of the Commonwealth forces. From April to August 1918, the casualty clearing stations fell back before the German advance and field ambulances (including a French ambulance) took their places. The cemetery contains 9,901 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, a few of which were brought in from the battlefields after the Armistice, and 883 war graves of other nationalities, mostly French and German. It is the second largest Commonwealth cemetery in Belgium. The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.

Steve

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Hello

Looks like I will have to try and find a newspaper article on Taylors death.

Good theory about being taken to a CCS - 10 other men (from memory ) got wounded in the accident

Ian

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Has anyone SDGW'ed them. Was one KIA, one DoW?

Steve.

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Steve,

I did a SDGW search for both for Ian, both just say 'Died' on the listing.

Steve

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Of course, accidental death would not differentiate. Silly me.

Steve.

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Hello

Died with the Coldstream Gds (as Im sure with other units) quite often means anything - but the fact they are both died makes he hope it was non combative

Ian

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