View from Aval Wood cemetery back to Vieux-Berquin.
From the front page on the site if you click on “Battles Of The Lys…” and then click on “The Forgotten Battle – Geoffrey Blades” you can download a 45Mb thesis written by Geoffrey which constitutes the best study available without question of what happened to your relatives unit.
Also you’re lucky in that one of the best unit histories is “The Irish Guards In The Great War” by Rudyard Kipling. Well worth getting as it covers your area of interest & is still in print. There’s an extract from it in my “Accounts” section.
The “Maps Page” has a downloadable map that covers the area in detail ….map 36ANE2. If you look up ‘how to read a trench map’ on the internet it’ll show you how to interpret trench map references.
The National Library Of Scotland (NLS) offers trench maps online, with a modern overlay so that you can see what the ground looks like today.
If you haven’t done so already, it’s worth getting a copy of your relatives Medal Index Card. It will show his medal entitlement but more important for your purposes the date he embarked to his ‘theatre of war’. It is also worth searching to see if his service record still exists – some do. Ancestry or the Public Records Office (Kew) are good places to start here.
To understand all the records that may be available and how to access them its worth getting a copy of “Tracing Your First World War Ancestors” by Simon Fowler (ISBN 185306791-1).
Good luck. Happy to try answer any questions arising.
All the best, Nick
Hello, I hope you can help me I’m trying to find out more about a relation of mine whose remains are buried at the Aval Wood Cemetery. His details are Donnelly Miles 10844 Private 2nd Battalion Irish Guards. He died on the 12/04/1918 aged 33. He was born in Ballybrack enlisted in Bray County Wicklow, Brother of Mrs. Julia Magee, of Kennedy’s Row, Loughlinstown, Co. Dublin. Buried Commemorated Aval Wood Military Cemetery, Vieux-Berquin, Nord, France.
I came across your site by Just “googling” and was wondering do you know anything about how I find out what actually happened to this gentleman in WW1 ie how he died, where he was involved in battle etc or even a link to where I might find this info. This man was my mother’s great uncle and no one in our family here in Ireland seems be aware of him which I’d like to change so he can be remembered properly for giving his life in WW1. Thank you in advance. My mobile number is 00353876172641
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