The graves are in fact only Headstone, without the remains of the named Soldiers. The Original graves were destroyed during the war, by heavy artillery fire. The remains of the soldiers couldn't be found after the war. All fallen soldiers and officers, who weren't found are Remembered @ Menin Gate Memorial or Tyne Cot Cemetery Memorial, but for those lads they made an exeption and they are Remembered at Perth Cemetery
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My great grandfather's headstone is here. Robert Oldfield Pte.24722 4th city pals. 19th battalion died 22/6/1917 aged 38.
I will be going there to visit on the 100th year anniversary of his death this year 22/6/2017 to pay my respects. I think I have located where he was when he was killed in shelling. I found this passage in archives of his regiment:
"Battlefield History of the 19th (Service) Battalion Machester Regiment (4 th City)" moving to the Ypres Salient.
On the 20th June, the 19th Battalion moved to Chateau Segard and the following day to the trenches in the Ypres salient. Enemy artillery and aircraft were quite lively during this tour and the Battalion suffered a few casualties.i believe my great grandfather was one of these casualties in the shelling attacks.
On the 29th, the 17th Kings Liverpool Regiment relieved and the Battalion marched to Canal reserve camp at Dickebusch. A series of moves between Camps in the salient area ensued and on the 30th June The Battalion proceeded to Crab Crawl Tunnel in preparation for the attack on the German lone east of Ypres on the 31st of June.
Ominously, the weather was wet and predicted to worsen.
Casualties for the above action were:
16 Officers and 283 other ranks killed, wounded or missing.