Unique IDCWGC/8/1/4/1/2/268
File NumberCCM73402

CWGC_8_1_4_1_2_268 (CCM73402).pdf

DescriptionFile of correspondence regarding Captain Lord Hugo Francis Charteris Elcho who is commemorated on the Jerusalem Memorial, Israel and Palestine. Main topics include: correspondence regarding enquiries about the location of Captain Elcho’s grave and subsequent attempts to search for its location; correspondence regarding the difficulties relating to the recovery of graves in the Sinai Desert; correspondence regarding the inability to locate Captain Elcho’s grave; correspondence from next of kin requesting information about the Jerusalem Memorial and other casualties who died in the area.
Content NoteIncludes: Internal note to the Registrar stating that Captain Elcho’s body had not been located and that the possibility of identifying his remains were very remote, dated 14 December 1922; copy of Report to Officer Commanding, Grave Registration Units (Eastern Branch) on Military Graves at Qatia, regarding 63 graves in the Egypt Canal Zone, which included that of Captain Elcho, dated 10 February 1917; War Diaries enquiries relating to Captain Elcho of the Royal Gloucester Hussars on 23 April 1916 and 23 May 1916, dated 4 and 10 April 1923; letter from N.W.S. Matheson, IWGC Deputy Director of Works, Egypt, to the Governor, Sinai Province, El-Arish, enquiring whether anything further could be done to identify the graves of British officers and soldiers in the Qatia area with specific reference to Captain Elcho, dated 2 February 1923; letter from N.W.S. Matheson to the IWGC Director of Records, IWGC Director of Works, and IWGC Secretary explaining that due to environmental conditions in Qatia and the Sinai Desert it was very difficult to locate bodies and that further searches were not likely result in the identification of graves, dated 2 February 1923; letter from the Registrar to the Director of Records stating that there was practically no burial information relating to Captain Elcho and very little chance finding the grave, dated 19 May 1925; letter from H.F. Chettle, Director of Records, to the Deputy Director of Works, Egypt, stating that Colonel Hughes’s decision to stop the search for graves at Hod El Gahid and Sinai Desert, dated 20 May 1925; handwritten letter from Mary Wyndham, mother of the casualty, to Fabian Ware requesting information about the Jerusalem Memorial and other casualties who died in the region for a book she was writing, dated 9 February 1932.
Date17/10/1921 - 2/2/1932
Extent1 file
ArchNoteRepackaged by Michael Davis (Trainee Archivist) on 22/11/2019.
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