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Offline PICARFOU

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CAPTAIN OLIVER, KENNETH LAURENCE, 02-09-1944
« on: August 28, 2016, 05:53:37 PM »
Hi,

l'm looking for informations about captain OLIVER, KENNETH LAURENCE who died on 02-09-1944.

The Manchester Régiment went to Airaines after the Canadian had liberated the village the same date.

I also search the war diaries of this regiment of 1, 2 and 3 September 1944.

thank you in advance for your answer

Franck

A photogaphy with british soldiers and civilians in Airaines.


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Offline Robert Bonner

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Re: CAPTAIN OLIVER, KENNETH LAURENCE, 02-09-1944
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2016, 11:12:26 AM »
Franck.

Captain Oliver was serving with the 1st Battalion when he died.  There is a group photograph of the officers of the battalion taken in England in June 1944 and he is shown on the back row as a Lieutenant. Hopefully we might just find a little more about him.
Robert

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Re: CAPTAIN OLIVER, KENNETH LAURENCE, 02-09-1944
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2016, 11:31:15 AM »
Thank you for your responce Robert,

how to know where the captain is dead ?

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Re: CAPTAIN OLIVER, KENNETH LAURENCE, 02-09-1944
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2016, 05:34:50 PM »
Hi Franck

This is his entry on the CWGC site.

Rank:  Captain
Service No:  184816
Date of Death:  02/09/1944
Age: 31
Regiment/Service:  Manchester Regiment  1st Bn.
Grave Reference:  Plot 8. Row A. Grave 7.

Cemetery:  ABBEVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION

Additional Information:
Son of William Laurence and Gertrude Oliver, of Reigate Surrey.


A bit of information on the cemetery.


Country:
    France
Locality:
    Somme
Identified Casualties:
    1992

Location Information

The town of Abbeville is on the main road from Paris to Boulogne (N1), about 80 kilometres south of Boulogne. The communal cemetery and communal cemetery extension are located on the left hand side of the road when leaving the town in a north-east direction for Drucat.

CWGC direction signs will be found within the cemetery. Enter the Communal Cemetery by the left hand side main gate and follow CWGC signs within the Cemetery. The extension may be entered from the communal cemetery or from the Allée Du Souvenir Francais, where there is car parking available.

GPS Co-ordinates: N50.12101, E1.83220

Visiting Information

Opening hours from 1st April to 30th September / Monday to Sunday : 8.30 to 19.00
Opening hours from 1st October to 31st March / Monday to Sunday : 8.30 to 17.00



Visitors should be aware that there are Plots 3, 4, 5 & 6 in both the Communal Cemetery and the Communal Cemetery Extension. Those in the Communal Cemetery will be found in the upper terrace.

Historical Information

For much of the First World War, Abbeville was headquarters of the Commonwealth lines of communication and No.3 BRCS, No.5 and No.2 Stationary Hospitals were stationed there variously from October 1914 to January 1920. The communal cemetery was used for burials from November 1914 to September 1916, the earliest being made among the French military graves. The extension was begun in September 1916.

During the early part of the Second World War, Abbeville was a major operational aerodrome, but the town fell to the Germans at the end of May 1940. On 4 June, an attempt was made by the 51st Division, in conjunction with the French, to break the German bridgehead, but without success. Towards the end of 1943, eight large ski shaped buildings appeared near Abbeville. These proved to be storage units for flying bomb components an they were heavily bombed by Commonwealth air forces. Abbeville was retaken on 4 September 1944 by Canadian and Polish units.

Abbeville Communal Cemetery contains 774 Commonwealth burials of First World War and 30 from the Second. The Extension contains 1,754 First World War burials and 348 from the Second.

The Commonwealth sections of both cemetery and extension were designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.

All the above is from the CWGC site just follow the link.

http://www.cwgc.org/

Timberman

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Re: CAPTAIN OLIVER, KENNETH LAURENCE, 02-09-1944
« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2016, 06:30:45 PM »
Hi Timberman,

I know and visit this site regularly , but there is no place where Captain Oliver 's death.

We can see for some soldiers the "Graves Concentration Reports" which gives an indication of the first burial .

The Manchester Regiment was in Airaines on sptember 2nd, the captain it was killed in this village?

Cordially

Franck