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Gritty

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Couin British Cemetery
« on: January 12, 2011, 09:00:48 PM »
Hi, really am excited.

Have been lookinf for my great uncle Joseph fenn who was manch regt attd to kings liverpool.

Have found some interesting accounts of how he met his end! which is amazing.

He is commemorated at Thiepval Memorial but after further digging into the past i have found that x4 manchesters were killed on that day (He is one of them) x2 of them are at couin.

Someone has asked me to check for an Unknown in the following place:

COUIN BRITISH CEMETERY

 "Unknown" in Plot II Row D, Grave 13?
 
Just wondering if anyone has any photographs of this plot (and where to view it) or if anyone is planning a trip?


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Re: Couin British Cemetery
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2011, 12:11:59 PM »
hi gritty, just had a little search this morning and found,

CLARK
Initials:    B W
Nationality:    United Kingdom
Rank:    Private
Regiment/Service:    Essex Regiment
Unit Text:    11th Bn.
Date of Death:    28/08/1916
Service No:    23581
Additional information:    Husband of H. Clark, of 63, Linford Rd., Walthamstow, London.
Casualty Type:    Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference:    II. D. 13.
Cemetery:    COUIN BRITISH CEMETERY
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in grave next to him his,

CASEWELL
Initials:    H
Nationality:    United Kingdom
Rank:    Private
Regiment/Service:    Manchester Regiment
Unit Text:    7th Bn.
Secondary Regiment:    The King's (Liverpool Regiment)
Secondary Unit Text:    attd. 1st Bn.
Date of Death:    28/08/1916
Service No:    4780
Additional information:    Son of Mr. J. Casewell, of 81, Booth St. West, Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester.
Casualty Type:    Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference:    II. D. 12.
Cemetery:    COUIN BRITISH CEMETERY
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and the other side of him ,
WRIGLEY
Initials:    H
Nationality:    United Kingdom
Rank:    Private
Regiment/Service:    Manchester Regiment
Unit Text:    10th Bn.
Secondary Regiment:    The King's (Liverpool Regiment)
Secondary Unit Text:    attd. 1st Bn.
Date of Death:    28/08/1916
Service No:    2786
Casualty Type:    Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference:    II. D. 14.
Cemetery:    COUIN BRITISH CEMETERY
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FENN, JOSEPH
Initials:    J
Nationality:    United Kingdom
Rank:    Private
Regiment/Service:    Manchester Regiment
Unit Text:    (2358). "C" Coy. 2nd/10th Bn.
Secondary Regiment:    The King's (Liverpool Regiment)
Secondary Unit Text:    attd. 1st Bn.
Age:    25
Date of Death:    28/08/1916
Service No:    375606
Additional information:    Son of Henry and Jane Arm Fenn, of Millgate, Hollins Rd., Oldham; husband of Lily Ainsworth (formerly Fenn), of 3, Top Vine St., Hollinwood, Chadderton, Lancs.
Casualty Type:    Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference:    Pier and Face 13 A and 14 C.
Memorial:    THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
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 so the grave is not unknown ,
 your great uncle  died along side these lads and could  be in a unknown grave in this same cemetery ,

hope this helps. tonyrod
« Last Edit: February 19, 2011, 01:21:21 PM by tonyrod »

Gritty

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Re: Couin British Cemetery
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2011, 06:56:53 PM »
This is brilliant, potentially being able to trace his resting place after years!

The only thing i cant get my head around is: if they knew these 4 boys were killed on that day by a minnie (This has been detailed from someone whom has seen the batt diary/documents) why is the grave marked unknown?

I'd love to be able to clarify that it is him in this grave, there's nothing more sadder that a 'unknown' grave!

Such much respect and appreciation for these guys who gave their lives, just wish we could account for everyone who gave up so much!

 ;D

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Re: Couin British Cemetery
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2011, 08:00:18 PM »
This is brilliant, potentially being able to trace his resting place after years!

The only thing i cant get my head around is: if they knew these 4 boys were killed on that day by a minnie (This has been detailed from someone whom has seen the batt diary/documents) why is the grave marked unknown?

I'd love to be able to clarify that it is him in this grave, there's nothing more sadder that a 'unknown' grave!

Such much respect and appreciation for these guys who gave their lives, just wish we could account for everyone who gave up so much!

 ;D
the grave was probably marked as unknown because they couldnt positively identify him,i recall a report about some men from the 16th manchesters,who were in a forward listening post and there was a heavy barrage,after the shelling was over,they sent out a relief to check on them,but all they found were pieces,there was nothing found that could ID them,so they had to bury them as unknowns,even though they knew who was manning the post.

mack ;D

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Re: Couin British Cemetery
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2011, 08:38:57 AM »

COUIN BRITISH CEMETERY

 "Unknown" in Plot II Row D, Grave 13?
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gritty, your request was as your quote above, the soldier in  plot 11 row d grave 13 his PTE B.W.CLARK.
your uncle will be more than likley in a unknown grave.
there are over 750 buired in both sections of the cemetery with 403 known and over 350 unknown,
but he would i think be buired close by in the same section , the three buired all died of wounds. see cemetery plan,  .tonyrod


CLARK
Initials:    B W
Nationality:    United Kingdom
Rank:    Private
Regiment/Service:    Essex Regiment
Unit Text:    11th Bn.
Date of Death:    28/08/1916
Service No:    23581
Additional information:    Husband of H. Clark, of 63, Linford Rd., Walthamstow, London.
Casualty Type:    Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference:    II. D. 13.
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Cemetery:    COUIN BRITISH CEMETERY
« Last Edit: February 20, 2011, 09:12:24 AM by tonyrod »

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Re: Couin British Cemetery
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2011, 11:51:36 AM »
link to grave photos of ,casewell and wrigley both listed with kings liverpool reg.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/manchester-regiment/3250488131/in/set-72157613318178518/