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ASG/WL. 


IMPERIAL WAR GRAVES COMMISSION


Any further communication on this

subject should be addressed to -

"THE SECRETARY,"

and the following number quoted :-

A.A/45/31434


82, Baker Street

W.1.

15th July, 1921


Madam,

  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 

Memorial Cross.


  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

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ASG/WL. 


IMPERIAL WAR GRAVES COMMISSION


Any further communication on this

subject should be addressed to -

"THE SECRETARY,"

and the following number quoted :-

A.A/45/31434


82, Baker Street

W.1.

15th July, 1921


Madam,

  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 

Memorial Cross.


  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


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  • July 16, 2019 22:36:18 Thomas A. Lingner

    ASG/WL. 


    IMPERIAL WAR GRAVES COMMISSION


    Any further communication on this

    subject should be addressed to -

    "THE SECRETARY,"

    and the following number quoted :-

    A.A/45/31434


    82, Baker Street

    W.1.

    15th July, 1921


    Madam,

      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 

    Memorial Cross.


      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

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    Nigel Rawlings
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    July 15, 1921
    • English

    • Western Front

    • Artillery
    • Gas Warfare
    • Medical
    • Trench Life



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