04 March 2019

Burial and Rededication Services in March 2019

The following burial and rededication services are due to be held at CWGC Cemeteries in March 2019.

TUESDAY 19 MARCH

Burial for an unknown soldier of the Royal Irish Rifles and an unknown soldier of an unknown regiment will be held at the Commonwealth War Grave Commission's Messines Ridge British Cemetery.

A burial ceremony will be held at the CWGC’s Messines Ridge British Cemetery, Belgium at 11am for two soldiers.

Their bodies were found near the town of Wijtschate, south of Ieper. Despite extensive investigation by the UK’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre it has not been possible to identify the two men.

It is known that one of the casualties was serving with the Royal Irish Rifles when he died. CWGC will mark his grave with a headstone bearing this detail. The unknown casualty’s headstone will commemorate him as a ‘Soldier of the Great War, Known unto God’.

The service will be attended by British Defence Staff, Regimental representatives, CWGC staff and local dignitaries. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

 

WEDNESDAY 20 MARCH

Burial service for an unknown soldier of the Connaught Rangers and an unknown soldier of an unknown regiment will be held at CWGC’s Guillemont Road Cemetery.

A burial ceremony will be held at the CWGC’s Guillemont Road Cemetery, France at 11am for two soldiers.

Their bodies were found near the village of Guillemont, on the Somme. Unfortunately, after extensive research, it has not been possible to identify them.

It is known that one of the casualties was serving with the Connaught Rangers when he died. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission will mark his grave with a headstone bearing this detail. The unknown casualty’s headstone will commemorate him as a ‘Soldier of the Great War, Known unto God’.

The service will be attended by British Defence Staff, Regimental representatives, CWGC staff and local dignitaries. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

 

THURSDAY 21 MARCH

Rededication service for Lieutenant Gilbert Donnelly, 1st Battalion, Royal Munster Fusiliers will be held at CWGC’s Ste. Emilie Valley Cemetery.

A rededication ceremony for Lieutenant Gilbert Donnelly will take place at 10.30am at the CWGC’s Ste. Emilie Valley Cemetery, France.
Lieutenant Donnelly was killed at Ste. Emilie on 21 March 1918, the first day of the German Spring Offensive.

The CWGC will mark his grave with a new headstone bearing his name and a personal inscription chosen by his family.

The service has been organised by the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre, Ministry of Defence and will be attended by family members, British Defence Staff, Regimental representatives, CWGC staff and local dignitaries. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

 

Rededication service for Captain John Forsythe Harvey, 9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers will be held at CWGC’s Noyon New British Cemetery.

A rededication ceremony for Captain John Forsythe Harvey will take place at 3pm on 21 March at the CWGC’s Noyon New British Cemetery, France.

Captain Harvey was killed near the village of Brouchy on 23 March 1918.

The CWGC will mark his grave with a new headstone bearing his name and a personal inscription chosen by his family.

The service has been organised by the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre, Ministry of Defence and will be attended by family members, British Defence Staff, Regimental representatives, CWGC staff and local dignitaries. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

 

WEDNESDAY 27 MARCH

Burial service for Warrant Officer John Henry Coates, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve will be held at CWGC’s Padua War Cemetery.

A burial ceremony for Warrant Officer John Henry Coates will take place at 12:30pm at the CWGC’s Padua War Cemetery, Italy.

Warrant Officer Coates was serving with 111 Squadron when he died on 5 March 1945. He was involved in a bombing raid targeting barges on the canal north of the village of Cavarzere when his Spitfire PT 410 was hit by flak.

An excavation of the crash site took place in October 2017. Part of the fuselage was recovered, on which can be made out the flight number PT410. Warrant Officer insignia, together with Warrant Officer Coates’ pilot wings were also found. A DNA comparison undertaken by the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre with a member of his family confirmed his identity. 

The service has been organised by the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre and will be attended by family members, British Defence Staff, Regimental representatives, CWGC staff and local dignitaries. Members of the public are welcome to attend.