5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards May 1940

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  1. Can Forum member help.

    In an ongoing personal research project of mine I looking into two soldiers of the Regiment who were killed on the 18th and 19th May 1940 buried in a local cemetery to me (Cement House near Ypres).

    Could any kind person furnish me with the war diary entries for around those days.

    Thanks in advance for any information.
  2. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    From the regiments war diary
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  3. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Never read those words in a war diary before.
    ''fat gay man''
    Must be the old usage as in 'happy'.

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  4. Thank you very much for the war diary entry for around the 18th May.

    The two soldiers of the Regiment must have been killed during the actions stated above and moved to Cement House at a subsequent date.

    From what I came gather from the Regimental history, 5DG never really withdrew through the Ypres area but I have another Regimental casualty buried in the Hoogstade Churchyard - a Lt Beaumont.

    Thanks again for the transcript.
  5. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    We're most fortunate now that the CWGC on-line records also include grave concentration reports. In this case, it shows the two that I presume you're interested in were moved in 1949 from Schepdaal Churchyard, along with a WW1 casualty. There is no explanation given as to why Cement House was chosen but I can't help wondering if it was linked to the WW1 case from the North Staffordshire Regt. who had presumably died of wounds there late in 1918.

    Not all graves around Brussels were subject to post-war concentration. I wish that I could detect some rhyme or reason to it.

    Beaufort's death was later and there is no concentration report which indicates that he was not moved by CWGC and is likely to have died locally. Concentration in any case would normally have been to a CWGC cemetery.

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  6. Thank you very much Rich,

    I really appreciate the initial buried plot information as Schepdaal Churchyard and the removal to Cement House because there have been many reburials at this site that have been moved for whatever reason, ie burials from the Zeebrugge raid in April 1918.

    But Lt Beaumont does not seem to fit the picture as he was buried in a churchyard, where he still remains today, far away from the Regiment's activities at the time. Liaison duties perhaps? More questions of 5DG who are buried in the area to answered.

    Thanks again
  7. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    There is no mention of Beaumont in the regimental history by Evans and he is not listed in the last Field Return (March) in the diary.
  8. My mistake, the officer in question is:-

    Lieut Francis Victor BEAUFORT who died on 27th May 1940.

    Sorry for the error.
  9. To all concerned and interested

    A small group of locals held a ceremony in remembrance to the above fallen soldiers at Cement House yesterday evening at 7pm. Standard dipped and crosses laid.
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