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Offline BenRalph

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Headstones for soldiers
« on: Saturday 14 July 18 08:39 BST (UK) »

A relative is buried on a battlefield  (ie lost) but his wife and children are buried in my local Cemetery. Is it possible to get a white soldiers gravestone for him on the plot?

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Re: Headstones for soldiers
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 14 July 18 09:00 BST (UK) »
I may be wrong but I very much doubt it, much better to have him included on the headstone for his wife and  children, that is quite usual and appropriate.
CHOULES All ,  COKER Harwich Essex & Rochester Kent 
COLE Gt. Oakley, & Lt. Oakley, Essex.
DUNCAN Kent
EVERITT Colchester,  Dovercourt & Harwich Essex
GULLIVER/GULLOFER Fifehead Magdalen Dorset
HORSCROFT Kent.
KING Sturminster Newton, Dorset. MONK Odiham Ham.
SCOTT Wrabness, Essex
WILKINS Stour Provost, Dorset.
WICKHAM All in North Essex.
WICKHAM Medway Towns, Kent from 1880
WICKHAM, Ipswich, Suffolk.

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Re: Headstones for soldiers
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 14 July 18 10:02 BST (UK) »
If this relates to either of the two world wars then official commemoration is the responsibility of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. If he has no known grave then the CWGC will have commemorated him on the appropriate memorial. They will not provide a headstone in the circumstances you describe.

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Re: Headstones for soldiers
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 14 July 18 18:39 BST (UK) »
Thanks for the replies and explanation.

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Re: Headstones for soldiers
« Reply #4 on: Saturday 14 July 18 20:31 BST (UK) »
Thanks for the replies and explanation.
I also have this with some of my  Mums family their names   did not appear on local War memorials
 because reading & writing problems family's did not put their names forward or the wife went back home to her family in a diffrent area. On two we have had added to the bottom of the family headstone also lies the love & memories of (Persons name rank etc) who died in (area died) died apart but souls fly  together