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WW1 memorial - can't make out my relative's name at the moment
« on: Sunday 31 January 21 14:45 GMT (UK) »
Hello,
I am printing out some of my images so the rest of the family can read about the family tree.

This is an important gravestone because it belongs to my great Uncle Cecil Digby who was killed age 19, six weeks before the end of WW1, having spent about 18 months on active duty.

He does not have a grave so this is a photo of his name engraved on the Tyne Cot memorial. It's not very clear though, and when it's printed out it's even worse. I've played with the image but without success. Here is the original; can anyone make it clearer what the words say (Machine Gun Corps (Inf). Digby C W is on the right hand column, sixth one down.

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Re: WW1 memorial - can't make out my relative's name at the moment
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 31 January 21 17:50 GMT (UK) »
I don't think this is much clearer, but I've repaiired the crack.
Pat
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Re: WW1 memorial - can't make out my relative's name at the moment
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 31 January 21 17:59 GMT (UK) »
I don't want to belittle the "lad" but he was said to be aged 21 when he died on 30 September 1918 - son of Mr & Mrs Digby, 16 "G" Block, Peabody Avenue, Ebury Bridge Road, Pimlico.

And you could always download his "certificate" from CWGC to add to his memorial.  If I remember correctly there is no charge.
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Re: WW1 memorial - can't make out my relative's name at the moment
« Reply #3 on: Sunday 31 January 21 18:09 GMT (UK) »
Just to clarify - I've downloaded my grandfather's  .pdf "certificate" for his death in 1916 - no charge.

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Re: WW1 memorial - can't make out my relative's name at the moment
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 31 January 21 18:29 GMT (UK) »
I don't want to belittle the "lad" but he was said to be aged 21 when he died on 30 September 1918 - son of Mr & Mrs Digby, 16 "G" Block, Peabody Avenue, Ebury Bridge Road, Pimlico.

And you could always download his "certificate" from CWGC to add to his memorial.  If I remember correctly there is no charge.

Thanks for this, I have checked again and his correct date of birth was 6th Aug 1898 - actually he had turned 20 a month before he died. The address of his next of kin is correct so it is the right person, but my aunt (who lived with them) said both he and his younger brother Sydney lied about their ages so they could sign up. Sydney got lucky and was sent to Ireland for the duration but Cecil got sent all over the place on the front lines, I have his full (long and very detailed!) report from his regiment including the fact that he was 19 when he presented several times at the field ambulance a few months before he died.

I have downloaded the certificate but it's pretty poor to be honest - his name etched on the Tyne Cot memorial is much more poignant, I think.

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Re: WW1 memorial - can't make out my relative's name at the moment
« Reply #5 on: Sunday 31 January 21 18:31 GMT (UK) »
this is the CWGC  :(
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« Reply #6 on: Sunday 31 January 21 18:31 GMT (UK) »
I don't think this is much clearer, but I've repaiired the crack.
Pat

thank you Pat.
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Re: WW1 memorial - can't make out my relative's name at the moment
« Reply #7 on: Sunday 31 January 21 18:34 GMT (UK) »
WHATEVER - at least he is commemorated and remembered.  :-X
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Re: WW1 memorial - can't make out my relative's name at the moment
« Reply #8 on: Sunday 31 January 21 18:36 GMT (UK) »
WHATEVER - at least he is commemorated and remembered.  :-X

Yes, on the Tyne Cot memorial, and I am trying to get the photo sharper so I can show my older relatives it.
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