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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 7:10 pm    Post subject: Blighty Valley Cemetery, Authuille Wood Reply with quote

BLIGHTY VALLEY CEMETERY, AUTHUILLE WOOD





Country: France
Locality: Somme
Identified Casualties: 491


Authuile (now Authuille) and Aveluy are villages 4 kilometres north-east of the town of Albert. The Cemetery is situated in a valley half way between these two villages on the D151 (Cemetery is signposted on exit of Aveluy direction Authuille). The Cemetery is on the eastern side of the road D151 and access is 500 metres by grass pathway (unfit for cars).
Blighty Valley was the name given by the Army to the lower part of the deep valley running down South-Westward through Authuile Wood to join the river between Authuile and Aveluy; a railway was carried along it soon after July, 1916, and it was for some time an important (though inevitably a dangerous) route. The upper part of the valley was called Nab Valley. Blighty Valley Cemetery is almost at the mouth of the valley, a little way up its northern bank. It is partly in either commune.
Blighty Valley Cemetery was begun early in July 1916, at the beginning of the Battle of the Somme, and used until the following November. At the Armistice it contained 212 graves but was then greatly enlarged when 784 graves were brought in from the battlefields and small cemeteries to the east. Most of these concentrated graves were of men who died on 1 July 1916.
The cemetery now contains 1,027 burials and commemorations of the First World War. 536 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to 24 casualties known or believed to be buried among them, and to five others buried by the Germans in Becourt German Cemetery in the spring of 1918, whose graves could not be found on concentration.
The cemetery was designed by Sir Herbert Baker.
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COATS, THOMAS
Rank: Private
Service No: 16254
Date of Death: 01/07/1916
Age: 27
Regiment/Service: Highland Light Infantry "C" Coy. 17th Bn.
Grave Reference: IV. B. 6.
Cemetery: BLIGHTY VALLEY CEMETERY, AUTHUILLE WOOD
Additional Information: Son of Matthew and Mary Buchanan Coats, of 100, George St., Paisley.
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CRAWFORD, THOMAS
Rank: Lance Corporal
Service No: 15554
Date of Death: 01/07/1916
Regiment/Service: Highland Light Infantry 17th Bn.
Grave Reference: I. H. 16.
Cemetery: BLIGHTY VALLEY CEMETERY, AUTHUILLE WOOD
Additional Information: Place of birth Paisley (SNWM).
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CURRIE, THOMAS
Rank: Private
Service No: 22633
Date of Death: 01/07/1916
Regiment/Service: Highland Light Infantry 17th Bn.
Grave Reference: I. F. 20.
Cemetery:BLIGHTY VALLEY CEMETERY, AUTHUILLE WOOD
Additional Information: Place of birth Glasgow (SNWM).
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DEY, JOHN
Rank: Private
Service No: 13263
Date of Death: 01/07/1916
Age: 24
Regiment/Service: Highland Light Infantry 15th Bn.
Grave Reference: I. A. 2.
Cemetery: BLIGHTY VALLEY CEMETERY, AUTHUILLE WOOD
Additional Information: Son of Hannah Storrar (formerly Dey), of 14, Earlston Avenue, Townhead, Glasgow, and the late John Dey; husband of Helen Faulds Dey.
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GALLACHER, JAMES
Rank: Private
Service No: 22482
Date of Death: 01/07/1916
Age: 30
Regiment/Service: Highland Light Infantry 17th Bn.
Grave Reference: III. B. 9.
Cemetery: BLIGHTY VALLEY CEMETERY, AUTHUILLE WOOD
Additional Information: Son of the late James and Jean Gallacher, of South Portland St., Glasgow; husband of Margaret McGarry Gallacher, of 13, Rosebery St., South Side, Glasgow.
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HURRIE, ALEXANDER SCOTT
Rank: Lance Corporal
Service No: 23074
Date of Death: 01/07/1916
Age: 18
Regiment/Service: Highland Light Infantry 17th Bn.
Grave Reference: IV. B. 2.
Cemetery: BLIGHTY VALLEY CEMETERY, AUTHUILLE WOOD
Additional Information: Son of David and Jane Hurrie, of 1, Morrison St., Kirriemuir, Forfarshire.
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LAIRD, ARTHUR DONALD
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Date of Death: 01/07/1916
Age: 26
Regiment/Service: Highland Light Infantry 17th Bn.
Grave Reference: III. E. 6.
Cemetery: BLIGHTY VALLEY CEMETERY, AUTHUILLE WOOD
Additional Information: Son of George Holms Laird and Mary Jane Wilson Laird, of 7, Belgrave Terrace, Glasgow.
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LUKE, JOHN
Rank: Private
Service No: 14741
Date of Death: 11/07/1916
Age: 24
Regiment/Service: Highland Light Infantry 16th Bn.
Grave Reference: III. F. 4.
Cemetery: BLIGHTY VALLEY CEMETERY, AUTHUILLE WOOD
Additional Information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. Fredrick Luke, of 3, Walker St., Maryhill, Glasgow.
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MAILER, ANDREW
Rank: Private
Service No: 15388
Date of Death: 01/07/1916
Age: 22
Regiment/Service: Highland Light Infantry 17th Bn.
Grave Reference: III. E. 4.
Cemetery: BLIGHTY VALLEY CEMETERY, AUTHUILLE WOOD
Additional Information: Son of James Mailer, of The Park, Auchentroig, Balfron Station, Stirlingshire.
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MILLER, JAMES
Rank: Private
Service No: 2691
Date of Death: 01/07/1916
Age: 31
Regiment/Service: Highland Light Infantry 17th Bn.
Grave Reference: III. B. 8.
Cemetery: BLIGHTY VALLEY CEMETERY, AUTHUILLE WOOD
Additional Information: Son of John and Margaret Miller, of Barrhead, Renfrewshire.
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MURPHY, SAMUEL
Rank: Private
Service No: 37844
Date of Death: 01/03/1917
Age: 38
Regiment/Service: Royal Scots Fusiliers 1st (Labour) Coy.
Grave Reference: Special Memorial 23.
Cemetery: BLIGHTY VALLEY CEMETERY, AUTHUILLE WOOD
Additional Information: Husband of Elizabeth Armstrong Martin (formerly Murphy), of 36, Graham St., Govan, Glasgow.
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PAIRMAN, JAMES
Rank: Private
Service No: 26988
Date of Death: 03/07/1916
Age: 26
Regiment/Service: Highland Light Infantry 15th Bn.
Grave Reference: IV. B. 9.
Cemetery: BLIGHTY VALLEY CEMETERY, AUTHUILLE WOOD
Additional Information: Chartered Accountant. Trained with the 17th Bn. Son of Mary Pairman, of "Old Manse," Busby, Glasgow, and the late Mr. A. B. Pairman.
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PARK, MATTHEW
Rank: Private
Service No: 2695
Date of Death: 01/07/1916
Regiment/Service: Highland Light Infantry 17th Bn.
Grave Reference: III. E. 12.
Cemetery: BLIGHTY VALLEY CEMETERY, AUTHUILLE WOOD
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SEATON, JAMES M.
Rank: Private
Service No: 15217
Date of Death: 01/07/1916
Regiment/Service: Highland Light Infantry 17th Bn.
Grave Reference: I. A. 1.
Cemetery: BLIGHTY VALLEY CEMETERY, AUTHUILLE WOOD
Additional Information: Place of birth Strathbungo (SNWM).
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