|Description||File of correspondence concerning the grave of Private William Hodgkinson in Crouy British Cemetery, France, as well as the grave and headstone of Private Joseph Talbott in Bus House Cemetery, Belgium, and the grave of Gunner H. Kirkham in Rosieres Communal Cemetery Extension, France. Also concerns the grave of Private W. Middleton in Villers Hill British Cemetery, France. |
Main topics include an enquiry from a First World War veteran asking for information of the burial locations of three men who died during the First World War, including his brother Private Joseph Talbot and two of his wife’s relatives, Private William Hodgkinson and Gunner H. Kirkham. Further correspondence regarding request from Private Talbott’s brother to have the surname on the headstone amended from “Talbot” to the correct spelling of “Talbott”. Further correspondence regarding request from the brother of Private Talbott to have a personal inscription added to the headstone and the same for that of his wife’s brother, Gunner Kirkham. Correspondence regarding further letter from the brother of Private Talbott enquiring into the deaths and burials of Private W. Middleton as well as two of his comrades, Charles Bowers and W. Joyce, with response from the Commission confirming the date of death and the location of Private Middleton’s grave and that Mr Talbot’s comrades were not recorded in the Commission’s records and therefore must have survived the First World War.
|Content Note||Includes: Handwritten letter from brother of Private Talbott requesting for a personal inscription to be added to the headstone and recounting his visit to the grave and appreciation of the Commission’s work as well as noting his own service at around Ypres and at Hill 60 during the First World War, dated 9 Jan 1962; Handwritten letter from brother of Private Talbott asking for the inscription ‘IN FOND REMEMBRANCE FROM HIS SISTERS & BROTHERS’ to be added to the headstones of Private Talbott and Gunner Kirkham, as well as mentioning that both men’s widows remarried and that he served on the Somme and the Ypres Salient, dated 25 Feb 1962. Handwritten letter from brother of Private Talbott on behalf of a friend, requesting details of the grave of Private W. Middleton, who died on 29 Sep 1918 between Arras and Cambrai, as well as his own attempts to trace the graves of two of his comrades named Charles Bowers and W. Joyce, who he was with at Hill 60 during a gas attack on 23 Sep 1917 and were later at the Paive River in November 1917, dated 29 Jun 1962.|
|Cemetery_Name||CROUY BRITISH CEMETERY, CROUY-SUR-SOMME|