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Pte Alfred Warwick 7 Duke Cornwalls LI

Will O'Brien

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As per CWGC


Initials: A

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry

Unit Text: 7th Bn.

Date of Death: 24/09/1915

Service No: 11567

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: I. A. 8.


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& the cemetery info


Country: France

Locality: Pas de Calais

Location Information: The village of Fleurbaix is approximately 5 kilometres south-west of Armentieres and Rue-du-Bois Military Cemetery is 3 kilometres south-west of the village.

Historical Information: The village was in Allied hands during the greater part of the war but it was captured by the Germans on 9 April 1918 after a very gallant defence by the 12th Suffolks. It remained within the German lines until the following September. The original Rue-du-Bois Cemetery, now comprising Plot I and Rows A and B of Plot II, was begun in November 1914 and used until December 1916. It was reopened in January 1918, and again in October. The majority of the graves were Australian, and Plot I, Row B, contained the graves of 27 soldiers of the 5th Australian Division who died in the Attack at Fromelles (19-20 July 1916). The cemetery was enlarged after the Armistice when graves were brought in from the surrounding battlefields and from certain small cemeteries. Rue-du-Bois Cemetery now contains 844 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War. 395 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to 13 casualties known or believed to be buried among them. There is also one German grave. The cemetery was designed by Sir Herbert Baker.

No. of Identified Casualties: 450

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