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Is there a grave out there?


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Hi,

I have a question, please excuse me for asking, I am still rather new at this. MY great uncle's name appears on the Le Touret memorial in France. Does this mean there is no known grave? How can I find out if there was ever a 'proper' buriel for him?

many thanks, and merry christmas.

Paul

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Paul.

You are correct. There is no "known" grave in existance for your Gt.Uncle, but there possibly could have been once.

I'm currently researching a soldier on the Ploegsteert Memorial who has no grave, but I've got an account of how he died and his funeral. I got this from the newspaper obituary announcing his death, which included a couple of statements from his comrades. I've also managed to work out the rough position of where he was originally buried.

Dave.

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Paul

There will be no known grave.

This is possibly for a number of reasons.

1) There could have been no remains to find or to bury - at least as a whole body (sorry if that is distressing).

2) The body was hurridly buried in a convenient shell hole etc and its location was subsequently lost.

3) It was buried in a wartime cemetery which was subsequently destroyed. This is less likely as most such locations were known and the casualty would probably now be commemorated by a Special Memorial headstone in a nearby existing cemetery rather than on a memorial.

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Ok Marco amazing story... thats the flesh bones and everything, great read and follows through to today..

Fascinating, thanks for the read

John

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Hi John,

I totally agree with you on that one. Ofcourse it's a long shot, but it's given me inspiration to find out what happened to Alex (if possible).

Well done Marco.

all the best

Paul

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