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Unique IDCWGC/8/1/4/1/2/95-1
File NumberCCM30354 PT.1
TitleMajor The Hon. HUGH DAWNAY - HARLEBEKE NEW BRITISH CEMETERY and Captain The Hon. ARTHUR EDWARD BRUCE O'NEILL - YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL - 2nd Life Guards
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DescriptionFile of correspondence concerning the grave of Major The Hon. Hugh Dawnay in Harlebeke New British Cemetery, Belgium, and Captain The Hon. Arthur Edward Bruce O’Neill who is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium. Main topics include: correspondence with next of kin regarding the identification and burial location of Captain O’Neill; correspondence regarding the discovery of four unidentified soldiers from the Life Guards near Zillebeke; correspondence with next of kin regarding the physical descriptions of Major Dawnay and Captain O’Neill; correspondence with Major Dawnay’s dentist regarding the teeth chart and identification of the casualty; correspondence confirming the identification of the casualty; enquiries from next of kin regarding the condition and location of Major Dawnay’s grave.
Content NoteIncludes: Handwritten letter from Lord O’Neill, father of Captain O’Neill, to the IWGC Secretary requesting information about his son’s identification and burial location, dated 7 February 1924; letter from A.E.H.S., IWGC Principal Assistant Secretary informing Lord O’Neill that no information relating to the burial place of Captain O’Neill was obtained, and that owing to the length of time elapsed since his death there was very little hope of identifying his grave, dated 15 February 1924; note to Registrar regarding the location that Captain O’Neill was left dead on 6 November 1914, dated 3 July 1925; note to Registrar regarding the particulars and physical description of Captain O’Neill, dated 7 July 1925; letter from the IWGC Principal Assistant Secretary to Lord O’Neill regarding the discovery of four unidentified soldiers from the Life Guards near Zillebeke, including an Officer approximately 6 feet in height that was thought to be either Captain O’Neill or Major Dawnay, dated 18 August 1925; handwritten letter from Lord O’Neill to the IWGC Secretary stating that Captain O’Neill was not 6 feet in height, dated 27 August 1925; letter from the IWGC Principal Assistant Secretary to Lady Susan Dawnay, widow of Major Dawnay, regarding the discovery of four unidentified soldiers from the Life Guards near Zillebeke, dated 18 August 1925; handwritten letter from Lady Dawnay to the IWGC stating that Major Dawnay was 6 feet 4 inches in height and wore a gold locket around his neck roughly the size of a farthing on a gold chain with the inscription “Suse” and a photograph inside, dated 21 August 1925; internal correspondence from the IWGC Director of Records approving the double commemoration of Major Dawnay who was already recorded on the Menin Gate Memorial, dated 1 September 1925; copy letter from J. Lewin Payne, Major Dawnay’s dentist, to Lady Edwina Lewin requesting a chart of Major Dawnay’s teeth for the purpose of identification, dated 3 September 1925; letter from J Lewin Payne to Rudyard Kipling providing a description and chart of Major Dawnay’s teeth showing the positons of five absent teeth and fillings on the mandible and maxilla, dated 7 September 1925; letter from the IWGC Director of Records to Lady Edwina Lewin confirming the identity of the unknown officer as that of Major Dawnay, dated 11 September 1925; Handwritten letter from Edwina Lewin to the IWGC requesting information on behalf of Lady Susan Dawnay about the condition of and ability to visit Harlebeke New British Cemetery, dated 16 September 1925; Letter from Hugh O’Neill, brother of Captain O’Neill, requesting tickets for the unveiling ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial, dated 29 June 1927; Letter from the IWGC Principal Assistant Secretary to Mrs. Margaret C. Russell regarding enquiry about the graves of Major Dawnay, Sergeant G.G. Wacher, Gilroy Gardner, Lieutenant Arthur C.M. Dolton, Bombardier D.Q. MacSwiney, dated 4 October 1928; Personal note to Vice-Admiral P. Dawnay, son of Major Dawnay, regarding the particulars and burial location of his father, dated 31 May 1961.
Date6/9/1919 - 29/6/1961
Extent1 file
CollectionArchive
CategoryEfiles
Cemetery_NameHARLEBEKE NEW BRITISH CEMETERY and YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL
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