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Offline mack

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found. 18th manchesters
« on: November 24, 2009, 06:04:15 PM »
pte claude brown was reported missing on 9th july 1916,after extensive enquiries by his father,he recieved a letter from chaplain telfer of the 14th division.
dear mr brown
i found the body of a young soldier today,he had on him letters addressed from you,it appears from the paybook in his pocket,that hes your son,i have forwarded the paybook to his unit,we buried him and erected a cross with his full correct name+initials.
on 28-9-1921 his father was informed that his body was exhumed from his battlefield grave and re-interred in bernafay wood british cemetery,montauban.

pte 11142 basil,claude,wylie brown
18th manchesters
32 brookland st,salford
parents archibald,george+emily brown
worked as a clerk
enl 26-3-15
aged 19[real age 17]
his family later moved to 70 wordsworth st,sefton park,liverpool
killed in action
aged 18

known to everyone as claude,in his haste to enlist,he only gave his name as claude brown

chaplain 4th class william telfer.MC
att to 6th KOYLI
all saints vicarage,lower rd,rotherhithe

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Re: found. 18th manchesters
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2013, 11:20:07 PM »

I saw a note on a photo of Trones wood today that said the bodies of the Manchesters who fell in July were not recovered until November.  It's quite daunting to think of the work the chaplain did to identify Claude.

Following one Platoon and everything around them....