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Black Watch lad Poland/Berlin mystery

 
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FortyTwa



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2009 10:02 am    Post subject: Black Watch lad Poland/Berlin mystery Reply with quote

In today's Courier

http://www.thecourier.co.uk/output/2009/10/17/newsstory13960060t0.asp

This appears to be the CWGC listing referred to

Name: ROBERTSON, JAMES
Initials: J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Unit Text: 1st/7th Bn.
Date of Death: 17/09/1918
Service No: S/21630
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: V. E. 12.
Cemetery: BERLIN SOUTH-WESTERN CEMETERY

Pte Robertson doesn't seem to be listed on the Markinch War Memorial
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DerekR



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2009 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is the "claim on the headstone" that James was killed in F&F?
And has anyone checked the location of the grave in Berlin?

Tomasz Cieslik, a Polish national, has found the headstone of Black Watch soldier Private James Robertson, believed to have been born in Markinch, in the town of Orzysz in the north-east of Poland—despite a claim on the headstone that the soldier died in France and Flanders.

Adding further confusion to the soldier’s background, an entry on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website states that Private Robertson is buried in a cemetery in Berlin, similar to many soldiers whose remains were moved after the conclusion of the war.

Mr Cieslik first came across the grave two years ago in a cemetery filled with the bodies of Russian and Prussian soldiers, and has since had little luck in finding out any more information on Pte Robertson.

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DerekR



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2009 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


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Adam Brown



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2009 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is it because the theatre of war he was fighting in when captured was France & Flanders?

Thanks

Adam
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