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DH Blakey Headstone

Burial of 18634 Sergeant David Harkness BLAKEY MM, 9 November 1889 - 1 July 1916

01 October 2015

Sergeant D H Blakey's remains were found in November 2013 during a road-widening project near Thiepval. Amongst the artefacts discovered were a Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers cap badge and Sergeant Blakey's ID tag.

The burial will take place on Thursday 8 October 2015 at 1100 hrs. The service will be conducted by the Revd Robert J Birnie CF, Chaplain to 1st Battalion the Royal Irish Regiment. It will be attended by representatives of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, the Royal Irish Regiment, UK Defence Staff and local dignitaries. The burial has been arranged by the Ministry of Defence JCCC Commemorations' Team with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission organising grave preparation and headstone manufacture and installation.