Fred, item 68
- July 16, 2019 22:36:18 Thomas A. Lingner
IMPERIAL WAR GRAVES COMMISSION
Any further communication on this
subject should be addressed to -
and the following number quoted :-
82, Baker Street
15th July, 1921
A notification was sent to you that the grave
of Driver W. Rawlings had been marked and registered
at a point South East of Ginchy, North West of Combles.
Information had been received to this effect in the
ordinary way and the Graves Officer had visited the spot
found a grave marked and had duly registered it. This
grave was, however, one of those which had to be
concentrated into a Cemetery in accordance with the
agreement made with the French and Belgian Governments
that all scattered graves and small groups of graves
should be moved into regularly constituted Cemeteries.
I regret to have to inform you that when the
grave was opened for this purpose no body was found.
The cross over the grave has now been erected in
Guillemont Road Military Cemetery, Memorial Plot, as a
I would point out that, as you will readily
understand in many areas which have been under constant
heavy shell fire the whole surface of the ground has
been so completely altered that landmarks and grave
registration marks have been obliterated. As a
consequence the work of accurately tracing graves has been
and is one of extreme difficulty.
I very much regret to have to send you
information which I fear may cause you distress, but it
has been thought best to let you know what has