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R. Gray, 1st/5th Seaforths


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I am interested in the fellow below, especially in trying to determine the action in which he died:

Name: GRAY

Initials: R

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Seaforth Highlanders

Unit Text: 1st/5th Bn.

Date of Death: 20/08/1918

Service No: S/40871

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: III. E. 12.


Robert Gray was previously Pte. No. 3374 and No. S40292 Argyl & Sutherland Highlanders. His MIC shows entitlement to a pair.

I think this cemetery was near a 51st Division CCS. Does anyone know if the 1st/5th Seaforths were in action shortly before or on 20/8/18?

Anything information/suggestions appreciated.


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Hi Chris

I was in Wick in November and tehre were a couple of copies of a book I started to read because my Grandfather was with them. It is actually a diary of the time spent by the 1/5th Seaforths in France that would tell where they were and when

Can't remember the name I am afraid or the Author who was a member of the 1/5th but possibly someone here would know as I would like to get a copy for myself



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Bit of general information from the 1/8th Royal Scots,Pioneer Battalion to the 51st(Highland)Division.

Scarpe Valley

"On the 17th August 1918,the Battalion once more returned to occupy part of the line in front of Roclincourt,but this time the work was in preparation for an advance,and so,on the successful attack on "Greenland Hill" by the Division,on the 26th,the Battalion again found itself in Fampoux and the Chemical Works at Roeux."

Not sure if this helps.


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Thanks George and Angus. I appreciate the help. Angus--I found it on pges 173 & 174 of the 5th War Diary for which you attached the link. Gray was apparently a casualty of a successful raid which captured a strogly-held position the Germans had in a sunken road.


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