French servicemen

Discussion in 'General' started by peterhastie, Jun 17, 2019.

  1. peterhastie

    peterhastie Senior Member

    What happened to French servicemen buried in the UK after the war.

    Were they exhumed and taken for reburial in France or left in the UK.

    I have a french serviceman who was buried next to an English serviceman on the same day.

    The english serviceman is in the same plot, with other CWGC plots, that he was buried in, in 1940.

    He has a CWGC headstone, but there is nothing for the Frenchman.
  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Do you have some names to asisst

  3. peterhastie

    peterhastie Senior Member

    Newcastle Journal - Wednesday 05 June 1940
    A British Tommy and French Marine, who in a convoy of wounded brought to Hexham on Friday died shortly after admission to hospital, were buried side by side in Hexham cemetery yesterday.
    Only his mother and uncle attended the funeral of the British soldier, Private Rex Martin (21) of the Middlesex Regiment, which was conducted by the Rector of Hexham, Rev. J.V.C. Farquhar.
    Many members of St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Hexham, were among the mourners at the funeral of the French Marine, Paul Muel, conducted by Father Cunningham.
    The coffins were draped with the Union Jack and the French Tricolour, and wreaths were sent from the French Consul in Newcastle.
    The funeral of the French marine was attended by the French Consul in Newcastle, Lieut. Commander le Dissez and Petty Officer le Gogg.


    I checked the burial registers and Paul Muel was buried in plot 87.
  4. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
    Name: Paul Muel
    Death Age: 34
    Birth Date: abt 1906
    Registration Date: Apr 1940
    [May 1940]
    [Jun 1940]
    Registration Quarter: Apr-May-Jun
    Registration district: Northumberland West
    Inferred County: Northumberland
    Volume: 10b
    Page: 587

    Have you thought to contact the French Embassy??


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  5. peterhastie

    peterhastie Senior Member

    E-mail despatched.
  6. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

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  7. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    CWGC Archives
    Unique ID CWGC/1/2/A/160
    Alt Ref No A/40/2 PT.6
    Title French Graves In UK
    Description Main topics: permanent marking and maintenance of French1939-1945 War graves in the United Kingdom; Free French casualties exhumed and reburied in France or in Brookwood Military Cemetery.
    Extent 1 file
    Date 18/8/1947 - 29/12/1952
    MgtGroup Archive
    Category A :Archive File\edf091-a444-4436-bcfe-7979b7e896ce.pdf

    It was proposed to have French Military Cemeterys at Brookwood and Harrogate ? (Brookwood I think does?

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  8. peterhastie

    peterhastie Senior Member

    Thankyou all.
  9. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    Harrogate (Wetherby Road) was used predominately for B.C No 6 Group (Canadian) which were based in North Yorkshire although I note that it was also used for Canadian OTU/HCU casualties external to the Yorkshire area.

    From 1944 there were two Free French Bomber Squadrons based at Elvington just a few miles south east of York.....may be evidence of their individual operational casualties which occurred in Britain in Bill Chorley's B.C casualties publications.

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