CWGC Headstone/Memorial Error Reports and results.

Discussion in 'War Cemeteries & War Memorial Research' started by spidge, Nov 11, 2010.

  1. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER Patron

    Thought I would open this thread on errors reported to the CWGC and results (if any).

    Errors would comprise those on Headstones, Memorials and Roll of Honour etc.

    Good way to keep all those queries in one place.

    I will start this off with one that was actioned very quickly.
     
  2. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER Patron

  3. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER Patron

     

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  4. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Birth place name was incorrect stated Graven Arms

    now corrected by CWGC
    Thank you for your e mail of 29 April. Please accept our apologies for the delay in reply: due to the high volume of enquiries received by our offices we currently have a backlog we are working to clear..



    With regard to the incorrect spelling of ‘Craven Arms’ in our record of Rifleman E J E Hamar: When our records were scanned to form our database some errors did unfortunately occur because of the age and variable quality of the material and print. Naturally, we are keen to ensure that all such errors are corrected, however small, and I am grateful to you for drawing this to our attention. I have amended the incorrect spelling and the record now reads:

    Rifleman EVAN JOHN EDWARD HAMAR

    14584242, 2nd Bn., Royal Ulster Rifles
    who died age 22
    on 04 August 1944
    Son of John and Alice Maud Hamar, of Pentre Hollow, Newcastle-on-Clun, Craven Arms, Salop.
    Remembered with honour
    NEWCASTLE (ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST) CHURCHYARD
     

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  5. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Name on headstone is Story ,CWGC have Storey .
    They cannot change unless supplied with official documentation



    Thank you for your e-mail of 9th September 2010.



    Please find below all the details that we hold for Emma Storey, this being the information provided by the relevant local authority after the war.

    Civilian STOREY, EMMA
    Regiment: Civilian War Dead
    Age: 6
    Date of Death: 9 October 1940
    Commemoration: FINCHLEY, MUNICIPAL BOROUGH
    Civilian War Dead
    Additional Information: at 962 High Road.

    Before we can consider making any amendments to the surname given in Emma Storey’s record, we would first ask you to send in a copy of his full birth certificate. We also require additional documentary evidence to ensure that the birth certificate does refer to the casualty that we commemorate, such as a notification of death card, memorial card, obituary notice, and any other documentation or evidence that you have in your possession which may support an amendment to Emma Storey’s record.

    I hope I can be of further assistance to you when we have received this documentation.
     

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  6. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Incorrect spelling of Malta

    Thank you for your e mail of 9 October. Please accept our apologies for the delay in reply, we currently have a backlog we are working to clear.

    With regard to the error in our record, I would explain that when our records were scanned to form our database some errors did unfortunately occur because of the age and variable quality of the material and print. Naturally, we are keen to ensure that all such errors are corrected, however small, and



    I am grateful to you for drawing this to our attention. I have amended Flight Sergeant Clement’s record which now reads:



    Flight Sergeant CLEMENT, GEORGE OLAF
    Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Service No: 529445
    Age: 26
    Date of Death: 16 September 1942
    Commemoration: LUDFORD CHURCH CEMETERY
    United Kingdom
    Row L. Grave 9.
    Additional Information: Son of Murray Alfred and Mary Beatrice Clement, of Pinner, Middlesex. Of Malta, G.C.

    Location: This is 300 yards from St. Giles's Church, to which it belongs.



    Thank you for bringing this to our attention
     
  7. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Query sent on the large number of Headstones not showing on CWGC site.

    Thank you for your email of 21 September 2010.

    Please accept our apology for the delay. This is due to the large volume of correspondence we are currently receiving.

    The Commission maintains many Non-World War graves on behalf of the MOD as part of maintenance contract, as this is the case and as they are not part of our main remit; such graves do not appear on our website which is restricted to only those graves which are listed in our main records as War Graves

    All the casualties you have requested information for are listed in our records as Non-World War Graves. Our duties are confined to commemorating the dead of the two world wars. We do not record any further information relating to such graves. If you would wish to obtain further information you can contact the MOD directly. Their address is:

    Queries concerning deaths resulting from current conflicts & NWWG, should be referred to the address below: QUERIES IN WRITING ONLY (Letters or E mails)– NO PHONE CALLS ACCEPTED FROM THE PUBLIC unless absolutely necessary:

    Graves Casework
    JCCC (Joint Casualty & Compassionate Centre)
    Room G35
    Innsworth House
    Imjin Barracks
    Innsworth
    Gloucester GL3 1HW

    E mail: jccc@spva.mod.uk

    Please find below the details of the 12 casualties you have requested.

    Cook WATSON, WILLIAM
    Unit: S.S. "Majorca."
    Regiment: Merchant Navy
    Date of Death: 12 October 1942
    Commemoration: SUNDERLAND (BISHOPWEARMOUTH) CEMETERY
    United Kingdom
    War Graves Plot. Ward 3. Section A. Grave 1948.

    Historical: During the First World War, part of Ward 3 Section A was set aside for service war burials, though more than 100 war graves are scattered elsewhere in the cemetery. This plot was extended to accommodate some of the Second World War burials. The remainder are in scattered. The war graves plot is on the central path which runs between the two entrances to the cemetery, one in Hylton Road on the north and one in Chester Road on the south. Sunderland (Bishopwearmouth) Cemetery contains 237 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and 156 from the Second. There are also 31 non-war service burials in the cemetery and one Dutch war grave.


    Seaman GRAY , C W M
    Regiment: Merchant Navy
    Date of Death: 9 May 1943
    Commemoration: SUNDERLAND (BISHOPWEARMOUTH) CEMETERY
    United Kingdom
    War Graves Plot Ward 3 Section A Grave 2018.



    Steward FINNON, JOHN
    Regiment: Royal Naval Patrol Service
    Service No: LT/KX 128112
    Date of Death: 27 October 1945
    Commemoration: SUNDERLAND (BISHOPWEARMOUTH) CEMETERY
    United Kingdom
    Plot 3 Section A Grave 2092.



    Private FORSTER, GEORGE
    Unit: Durham Bn.
    Regiment: Home Guard
    Age: 50
    Date of Death: 24 May 1943
    Commemoration: SUNDERLAND (BISHOPWEARMOUTH) CEMETERY
    United Kingdom
    War Graves Plot Ward 3 Section A Grave 2016.



    Private HORN , R
    Regiment: Green Howards (Yorkshire Regiment)
    Service No: 4393192
    Date of Death: 12 September 1944
    Commemoration: SUNDERLAND (BISHOPWEARMOUTH) CEMETERY
    United Kingdom
    War Graves Plot. Ward 3. Section A. Grave 2081.

    .

    Assistant Cook TURNER, GEORGE
    Regiment: Royal Naval Patrol Service
    Service No: LT/MX 82895
    Age: 32
    Date of Death: 8 August 1945
    Commemoration: SUNDERLAND (BISHOPWEARMOUTH) CEMETERY
    United Kingdom
    War Graves Plot. Ward 3. Section A. Grave 2296.



    Private ADAIR , G E
    Regiment: Cheshire Regiment
    Service No: 4123603
    Date of Death: 27 September 1947
    Commemoration: SUNDERLAND (BISHOPWEARMOUTH) CEMETERY
    United Kingdom
    War Graves Plot. Ward 3. Section A. Grave 1660.



    Seaman COOK, WILLIAM
    Regiment: Merchant Navy
    Age: 21
    Date of Death: 23 September 1942
    Commemoration: SUNDERLAND (BISHOPWEARMOUTH) CEMETERY
    United Kingdom
    War Graves Plot Ward 3 Section A Grave 1882.



    Donkeyman COSTELLO , P
    Unit: S.S. Baron Forbes.
    Regiment: Merchant Navy
    Date of Death: 11 January 1941
    Commemoration: SUNDERLAND (BISHOPWEARMOUTH) CEMETERY
    United Kingdom
    War Graves Plot 3 Section A Grave 1878.



    Private EDMUNDSON, LANCELOT
    Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps
    Service No: 7369579
    Date of Death: 1 May 1945
    Commemoration: SUNDERLAND (BISHOPWEARMOUTH) CEMETERY
    United Kingdom
    War Graves Plot Ward 3 Section A Grave 1858.



    Private McEVOY , T
    Regiment: Pioneer Corps
    Service No: 101939
    Date of Death: 6 August 1943
    Commemoration: SUNDERLAND (BISHOPWEARMOUTH) CEMETERY
    United Kingdom
    War Graves Plot Ward 3 Section A Grave 2013.



    Chief Petty Officer Cook MORRITT, LEO
    Unit: H.M.S. Cochrane
    Regiment: Royal Navy
    Service No: C/M 4586
    Date of Death: 1 November 1944
    Commemoration: SUNDERLAND (BISHOPWEARMOUTH) CEMETERY
    United Kingdom
    War Graves Plot Ward 3 Section A Grave 2267.


    I hope you find this information useful.
     
  8. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Grave in poor state
    Casualty name not legible

    Hello Clive,
    the Skilled Maintenance Craftsmen have been to see the memorial and have told me they cannot repair it.
    I have now begun the process of searching grave ownership to ensure permission to erect a CWGC type headstone

    Serjeant CYRIL FRANK TURNER

    2652095, Coldstream Guards
    who died age 36
    on 25 July 1947
    Husband of Isabella Turner, of South Harrow.
    Remembered with honour
    HARROW (EASTCOTE LANE) CEMETERY
     

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  9. ramacal

    ramacal 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA

    E-mail sent to CWGC on 27 September 2010

    The headstone of the following gentleman buried at Valkenswaard, Netherlands, has completely different unit data from that recorded on your database. The Headstone records he served with the Royal Army Medical Corps (see attached photo).

    Name: GODDIN, JOHN EDWARD
    Initials: J E
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Private
    Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery
    Secondary Regiment: Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
    Secondary Unit Text: attd. 1st Bn.
    Age: 21
    Date of Death: 24/09/1944
    Service No: 14571454
    Additional information: Son of John Morris Goddin and Ada Florence Goddin, of Islington, London.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: I. A. 14.
    Cemetery: VALKENSWAARD WAR CEMETERY

    Please can you investigate the above and let me know your findings.

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    Reply from CWGC dated 27 October 2010.

    Thank you for your e-mail of 27th September 2010.

    After checking all of our records, I can confirm that Private Goddin served with the Royal Army Medical Corps not the Royal Artillery as previously shown.

    I have amended our database, please see below for the information we now hold:

    Private GODDIN, JOHN EDWARD
    Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps
    Secondary Unit Text: attd. 1st Bn.
    Secondary Regiment: Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
    Service No: 14571454
    Age: 21
    Date of Death: 24 September 1944
    Commemoration: VALKENSWAARD WAR CEMETERY
    Netherlands
    I. A. 14.
    Additional Information: Son of John Morris Goddin and Ada Florence Goddin, of Islington, London.

    Although this information has been amended in our paper records and our in house database, this will not show on our web site for at least 24 hrs.

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

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  10. ramacal

    ramacal 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA

    E-mail to CWGC 10 August 2010.


    Dear Sir/Madam

    I believe you have some incorrect data in the unit text line recorded against the following casualty:-

    Name: HAWKINS, JOHN TREVOR
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Gunner
    Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery
    Unit Text: 43 Bty., 101 Lt. A.A. 18 Anti-Tank Regt.
    Age: 22
    Date of Death: 09/06/1940
    Service No: 1431492
    Additional information: Son of Arthur and Hylda. Florence Hawkins, of Streatham, London.
    Cemetery: SAUMONT-LA-POTERIE COMMUNAL CEMETERY

    43 Battery of 101 LAA/AT Regiment existed and served with the BEF in France in 1940, where the casualty is buried.

    The number 18 is the incorrect part in the unit text line. According to the National Archives and other sources, there was no 18 Anti-Tank Regt. This number should be removed.

    Please can you investigate the above and let me know your findings.

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    Reply from CWGC dated 26 August 2010

    Thank you for your e-mail of 10 August 2010.

    When our records were scanned to form our database some errors did unfortunately occur because of the age and variable quality of the material and print. Naturally, we are keen to ensure that all such errors are corrected, however small, and I am grateful to you for drawing this to our attention. I have amended Gunner J T Hawkin's record which now reads:

    Gunner HAWKINS, JOHN TREVOR
    Unit: 43 Bty., 101 Lt. A.A. / Anti-Tank Regt.
    Regiment: Royal Artillery
    Service No: 1431492
    Age: 22
    Date of Death: 9 June 1940
    Commemoration: SAUMONT-LA-POTERIE COMMUNAL CEMETERY
    France
    Additional Information: Son of Arthur and Hylda. Florence Hawkins, of Streatham, London.


    Thank you again for bringing this to our attention.

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  11. ramacal

    ramacal 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA

    E-mail to CWGC dated 10 July 2010

    Dear Sir/Madam

    Today I received a photo of the headstone of the following casualty and I regret to inform you that the headstone is incorrect.

    Name: BURLEY, HAROLD
    Initials: H
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Gunner
    Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery
    Unit Text: 102 Lt. A.A. Regt.
    Age: 33
    Date of Death: 13/11/1945
    Service No: 4807839
    Additional information: Son of Albert and Emma Burley, of Sleaford.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. A.A. Grave 138.
    Cemetery: SLEAFORD CEMETERY

    Harold Burley served with 102 Lt. A.A. Regiment having been with the 7th Battalion, the Lincolnshire Regiment, which converted to this unit in December 1941. His serial number is close to that of my own Father who served in those 2 units.

    The headstone shows that of 102 (Northumberland Hussars) LAA/AT Regiment and has their Yeomanry Badge on it, so it is the wrong unit. At the time of H Burley’s death, 102 (Northumberland Hussars) were purely an Anti-Tank Regiment. They had been from March 1941 until it was disbanded after WW2 and any reference to it as an LAA/AT Regt after this date for any casualty is also wrong. Unfortunately, there are quite a few headstones with this designation.

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    Reply from CWGC dated 22 July 2010

    Thank you for your e-mail of 11th July 2010.

    Thank you also for the information that you have provided regarding the regimental emblem engraved on the headstone of Gunner Harold Burley, who is buried in Sleaford Cemetery.

    Your enquiry has now been passed to our Records Section for their consideration and they will contact you again, as soon as possible, with the results of their findings. However, their reply may be delayed, should it prove necessary to send documents to an outside source.

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    Still awaiting a further reply.
     
  12. ramacal

    ramacal 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA

    E-mail to CWGC 5 December 2009.


    I was taking photos of Royal Artillery headstones in Lewisham (Hither Green) Cemetery today and came across a private headstone with the following details.

    Bombadier Alexander Whyte, R.A. died 27 April 1943.

    Having checked the CWGC database, it would appear that he is not listed. Please can you investigate and advise the outcome.

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    Reply from CWGC dated 23 February 2010

    Thank you for your e-mail of 5th December 2009.

    I apologise for the delay in my reply but we are currently working to clear a large back log of enquiries.

    Please find below all the details that we hold for Bombardier Alexander Whyte, this being the information provided by the relevant service authority after the war.

    Bombardier WHYTE, ALEXANDER
    Regiment: Royal Artillery
    Date of Death: 27 April 1943
    Commemoration: LEWISHAM (HITHER GREEN) CEMETERY
    United Kingdom
    Sec. GG. Grave 141.

    Historical: There are 39 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-1918 war and 198 of the 1939-1945 war here. Those whose graves are not marked by headstones are named on a Screen Wall memorial in the main War Plot. There are also 12 non war service burials here.

    The reason Bombardier Whyte is not shown on our website search engine is because he has been deemed by the service authority as a non-World War casualty. The Commission itself however does not hold any information on a casualty’s cause of death.

    If you wish to enquire further regarding Bombardier Whyte, please refer to the address below:-

    JCCC
    Services Personnel Veterans Agency
    Room 14 Building 182
    Imjin Barracks
    Gloucester GL3 1HW

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    One of the non commemorated war dead.
     
  13. ramacal

    ramacal 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA

    E-mail to CWGC 15 October 2010.


    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I have spotted a difference between the initials on a headstone and the record on your database.

    Name: EMBLING, CYRIL HENRY
    Rank: Gunner
    Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery
    Unit Text: 121 Medium Regt.
    Age: 24
    Date of Death: 27/10/1944
    Service No: 900807
    Additional information: Son of Frank and Beatrice Blanche Embling, of Abingdon, Berkshire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 19. B. 8.
    Cemetery: BERGEN-OP-ZOOM WAR CEMETERY

    Photo of headstone is the same service number, but G H Embling.

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    Reply from CWGC dated 11 November 2010

    Thank you for your e mail of 15 October. Please accept our apologies for the delay in reply; due to the high volume of enquiries received by our offices, we currently have a backlog we are working to clear.

    With regard to the following casualty:

    Gunner EMBLING, CYRIL HENRY
    Unit: 121 Medium Regt.
    Regiment: Royal Artillery
    Service No: 900807
    Age: 24
    Date of Death: 27 October 1944
    Commemoration: BERGEN-OP-ZOOM WAR CEMETERY
    Netherlands
    Plot 19. B. 8.
    Additional Information: Son of Frank and Beatrice Blanche Embling, of Abingdon, Berkshire.

    Thank you for pointing out that the headstone of the above has been incorrectly engraved with the initials as G H instead of C H. We will make arrangements to have this re-engraved, however I can not say when this will take place as it will be scheduled into the works maintenance programme for the area.

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

    SUCCESSFUL OUTCOME - INCORRECT DETAIL ON HEADSTONE TO BE CHANGED AT A LATER DATE.
     
  14. ramacal

    ramacal 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA

    E-mail to CWGC dated 31 August 2010


    Dear Sir/Madam

    The following casualty is shown commemorated on the Singapore Memorial

    Name: WILSON, CHARLES JOHN
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Gunner
    Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery
    Unit Text: 242 Bty., 4/Lt. A.A. Regt.
    Age: 30
    Date of Death: 28/03/1945
    Service No: 1801710
    Additional information: Son of Charles and Emma Ruth Wilson; husband of Doris Amelia Wilson, of Stoke Newington, London.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Column 34.
    Memorial: SINGAPORE MEMORIAL

    4 LAA Regt served in the UK & NW Europe during WW2 and did not have a 242 Battery under command. However, 48 LAA Regt did have 242 Battery under command and had a substantial number of casualties after being captured by the Japanese. This may be a simple transcription error.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

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    Reply from CWGC dated 29 September 2010

    Thank you for your e-mail of 31st August 2010 regarding the incorrect unit for Gunner C J Wilson, this was a scanning error.

    When our records were scanned to form our database some errors did unfortunately occur because of the age and variable quality of the material and print. Naturally, we are keen to ensure that all such errors are corrected, however small, and I am grateful to you for drawing this to our attention.

    I have amended his record which now reads 48/Lt. A.A. Regt:

    Gunner WILSON, CHARLES JOHN
    Unit: 242 Bty., 48/Lt. A.A. Regt.
    Regiment: Royal Artillery
    Service No: 1801710
    Age: 30
    Date of Death: 28 March 1945
    Commemoration: SINGAPORE MEMORIAL
    Singapore
    Column 34.
    Additional Information: Son of Charles and Emma Ruth Wilson; husband of Doris Amelia Wilson, of Stoke Newington, London.

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  15. ramacal

    ramacal 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA

    E-mail to CWGC dated 15 October 2010

    Dear Sir/Madam

    I have found a casualty with possible incorrect unit details.

    Name: POINTER, ERNEST FREDERICK
    Rank: Bombardier
    Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery
    Unit Text: 119 Bty., 89 (11th Bn. The Buffs [Royal East Kent Regt.] Lt. A.A. Regt.
    Secondary Regiment: Royal Artillery
    Age: 28
    Date of Death: 12/11/1942
    Service No: 1616890
    Grave/Memorial Reference: B. B. 8.
    Cemetery: GAZA WAR CEMETERY

    89 LAA did not have a 119 Battery under command. They had 308, 309 & 310 batteries.

    89 LAA were in the UK in 1942 and not in the Middle East.

    49 LAA had a 119 Battery and were in Algiers around the date of the burial of Bombadier Pointer, so 49 maybe have been typed as 89.

    I look forward to hearing from you in due course.

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    Acknowledged by CWGC, but awaiting a response to this enquiry.
     
  16. ramacal

    ramacal 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA

    No unit details were recorded against this casualty. As a result of a document received from Forum Member Pat Walker with unit details recorded on it, , an E-mail was sent to to CWGC on 22 June 2010.

    This reply was received:-

    Thank you for your email of 22 June 2010 about Major Nevil Coulson commemorated on the Singapore Memorial.

    The information you have provided regarding his unit has been passed to our Records Section for them to look into the matter and I will write back to you in due course.

    I hope this is helpful.

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    A further response was received from CWGC on 22 July 2010.

    Further to my email of 12 July 2010 about Major Nevil Coulson commemorated on the Singapore Memorial.

    From the information you have provided and confirmation from the Army Personnel Centre we have amended our records and I give below the information we now hold.

    Major COULSON, NEVIL
    Unit: 12 Bty., 6 H.A.A. Regt.
    Regiment: Royal Artillery
    Service No: 67887
    Date of Death: 1 March 1942
    Commemoration: SINGAPORE MEMORIAL
    Singapore
    Column 1.
    Additional Information: Son of Henry John and Florence Coulson, of Bickley, Kent. B.A. (Cantab.).
     
  17. ramacal

    ramacal 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA

    Not an error.

    E-mail sent to CWGC on 3 October 2010.

    Whilst photographing headstones at Turnhout Communal Cemetery, Belgium, I came across a cracked one.

    Photo enclosed showing the damage and name of person commemorated.


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    Reply received 7 October 2010.

    Thank you for notifying us of a cracked headstone at Turnhout C C. We were already aware of this and a new headstone has been ordered and is being manufactured. Please be aware, however, that due to the large number of headstones on order it can take up to 15 months before the headstone will be in position.

    Many thanks for pointing this out to us.
     

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  18. ramacal

    ramacal 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA

    E-mail from CWGC on 4 August 2010 in response to a query on incorrect unit details:-

    Thank you for your e-mail of 22nd July 2010 regarding the unit for Warrant Officer Class II W A Willis, this was a scanning error.

    When our records were scanned to form our database some errors did unfortunately occur because of the age and variable quality of the material and print.
    Naturally, we are keen to ensure that all such errors are corrected, however small, and I am grateful to you for drawing this to our attention.

    I have amended Warrant Officer Class II W A Willis,'s record which now reads:

    Warrant Officer Class II (B.S.M.) WILLIS, WILLIAM ALBERT
    Unit: 388 Bty., 118 Lt. A.A. Regt.
    Regiment: Royal Artillery
    Service No: 5178299
    Age: 40
    Date of Death: 15 September 1945
    Commemoration: BRISTOL (ARNOS VALE) CEMETERY
    United Kingdom
    Plot OOO. Grave 925.
    Additional Information: Son of Albert William and Mary Elizabeth Willis; husband of Violet May Willis, of Knowle, Bristol.

    Although this information has been amended in our paper records and our in house database, this will not show on our web site for at least 24 hrs as we are currently experiencing a technical problem.

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  19. ramacal

    ramacal 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA

    E-mail to CWGC on 9 August 2010.


    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I believe you have the wrong unit recorded against the following casualty:-

    Name: HARRIS, ANGUS
    Rank: Gunner
    Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery
    Unit Text: 331 Bty., 100 (The Gordon Highlanders) Lt. A. A./Anti-Tank Regt.
    Age: 27
    Date of Death: 03/12/1943
    Service No: 6471254
    Additional information: Son of Marion Harris, of Tottenham, Middlesex. Casualty
    Grave/Memorial Reference: XVIII. C. 14.
    Cemetery: CASSINO WAR CEMETERY

    100 (The Gordon Highlanders) Lt. A. A./Anti-Tank Regt was formed in November 1943 with 169 Anti-Tank Battery, 170 Anti-Tank Battery, 401 LAA Battery and 525 LAA Battery under command. On the date the above casualty died, they were serving in Burma.

    100 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment had 331 Battery under command and was serving in Italy, where the casualty is buried.
    Please can you investigate the above and let me know your findings.

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    Reply from CWGC dated 25 August 2010.

    Thank you for your email of 9th August 2010 regarding Gunner Anus Harris, 6471254. Please accept my apologies for the delay in my reply.

    We are grateful to you for pointing out the error in the unit details reflected on our commemoration record of Gunner Harris. This has been duly altered to read:

    Gunner HARRIS, ANGUS
    Unit: 331 Bty., 100 Lt. A. A. Regt.
    Regiment: Royal Artillery
    Service No: 6471254
    Age: 27
    Date of Death: 3 December 1943
    Commemoration: CASSINO WAR CEMETERY
    Italy
    XVIII. C. 14.
    Additional Information: Son of Marion Harris, of Tottenham, Middlesex.


    I trust this is satisfactory and thank you once again for contacting us in this matter.

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  20. ramacal

    ramacal 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA

    E-mail to CWGC dated 15 August 2010.


    Dear Sir/Madam

    I believe you have some incorrect data in the unit text line recorded against the following casualty:-

    Name: LIPPARD, ALBERT EDWARD RICHARD
    Rank: Gunner
    Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery
    Unit Text: 338 Bty., 34 Lt. A.A. Regt.
    Age: 31
    Date of Death: 28/06/1945
    Service No: 6343084
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 14. D. 17.
    Cemetery: HANOVER WAR CEMETERY

    338 Battery was under command 102 Lt. A. A. Regt from when it was created in Dec 1941 until disbandment in March 1946. I attach a page from 102 LAA war diary from June 1945.

    Therefore 338 Battery was never part of 34 Lt. A. A. Regt listed in the above casualty’s unit information.
    34 Lt. A. A. Regt appears to have been disbanded in February 1945, so the casualty must have been serving with another unit, or died of wounds from an earlier incident.

    Please can you investigate the above and let me know your findings.

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    Reply from CWGC dated Thank you for your e-mail of 14th October 2010.

    We are grateful to you for bringing the error given in Gunner Lippard’s record to our attention. After further investigation, we have found the correct unit that Gunner Lippard was assigned to and this is now reflected in the record we now hold.

    Gunner LIPPARD, ALBERT EDWARD RICHARD
    Unit: 34 Lt. A.A. Regt.
    Regiment: Royal Artillery
    Secondary Unit Text: attd. 938 Car Coy. No. 1
    Secondary Regiment: Royal Army Service Corps
    Service No: 6343084
    Age: 31
    Date of Death: 28 June 1945
    Commemoration: HANOVER WAR CEMETERY
    Germany
    14. D. 17.

    Thank you again for bringing this error to our attention.

    SUCCESSFUL OUTCOME - UNIT DETAILS AMENDED ON CWGC DATABASE
     

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