#commonwealth_correction Private Henry William Hart #2691: 23 August 1918, 7th Battalion Australian Infantry

Private Henry William Hart #2691 was serving in the 7th Battalion of the Australian Infantry during the 1918 Battle of Amiens. It was known that his remains were buried northeast of Harbonnieres, France southwest of St. Martin’s Wood but unfortunately they were never knowingly recovered for burial in a CWGC cemetery. Many of his comrades are buried in the Heath Cemetery, Harbonnieres . Several unknowns (14) are named on Special Memorials in Heath Cemetery and all the other unknowns (13), killed in France, are remembered on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial.

For some unknown reason, Private Hart was incorrectly named on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial in Belgium. The Names Database of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) shows that there are 93 names on the 7th Battalion panel on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Of these ninety-two (92) are for the period of September-October 1917 when the 7th Battalion AIF did see action in Belgium. Only one (1) name records a casualty of 1918, namely Private Hart.

Please see here for the full report to the CWGC asking that this error be corrected:

Open PDF Correction Report for Private Henry William Hart

The Unknown Project

I had forgotten to post to the BLOG that a new category had been set up in PUBLICATIONS for the UNKNOWN PROJECT. These reflect the results of research by the author (with support from CEFSG or GWF Team Members) to match the graves sites in CWGC Commonwealth Cemeteries to those that were killed in the Great War of 1914-1921 (World War One, First World War).

That page contains links to the reports of either CANADIAN UNKNOWNS or alternatively COMMONWEALTH UNKNOWNS. The difference is that the Canadian Reports are submitted to the CWGC Agency in Ottawa, Canada and the Commonwealth Reports are submitted to the CWGC Head Office in Maidenhead, England.

The image below is the text added to the new headstone for Corporal Martin Carroll, the first case accepted in this project. His new headstone is located in the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery in France.

New finds (reports) are published on Twitter @ https://twitter.com/cefmatrix

You will find that the TWEETS are noted as:

  1. For the Canadians:
    • #CEF_FOUND – the grave was located and a report was filed
    • #CEF_HELP – we need some help finding this person
    • #CEF_CORRECTION – reports an error on a CWGC record or headstone
  2. For the Commonwealth:

Publications On-Line

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You are most welcome to use any of this material for private or non-commercial research purposes.

WWI Service Records Available

If you are a LAUGHTON in Canada and doing family genealogy then you will want to know that Library and Archives Canada has now digitized the LAUGHTON WWI Service Records. This is something I pay very close attention to for the Laughton Clan and so I rank this as a “Top Ten” event.

The documents are here:

Laughton WWI Military Service Records

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