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  cap badgePrivate Thomas Cree

2nd Battalion Seaforth Highlanders
Service No: 9306

Thomas Cree grave

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Personal details

Family Information

Son of William and Mary Cunningham Cree. From the 1891 Census - Address - 13 Neephill Row, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire - William Cree aged 27, Mary C Cree aged 25, Thomas Cree aged 3, Dennis Cree aged 2, Margaret Cree aged 1 month. From the 1901 Census - Address - 8 Kiln Row, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire - William Cree aged 35, Mary Cree aged 33, Thomas Cree aged 13, Dennis Cree aged 12, Maggie Cree aged 10, Kate Cree aged 8, George Cree aged 4, Joseph Cree aged 2, Archibald Cree aged 1 month.

Born / Resided

Kilmarnock, Ayrshire / 37 Back Row, Coatbridge.

Died

Killed in Action 26/06/1915 near Zwaannhof Farm, N.E of Ypres

Enlisted

Kilmarnock

Employed

Miner in Rosehall Colliery.

Age

27

Buried / Remembered

Bard Cottage Cemetery (VI. C. 7), West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Cemetery / Memorial Information

or much of the First World war, the village of Boesinghe (now Boezinge) directly faced the German line across the Yser canal. Bard Cottage was a house a little set back from the line, close to a bridge called Bard's Causeway, and the cemetery was made nearby in a sheltered position under a high bank. Burials were made between June 1915 and October 1918 and they reflect the presence of the 49th (West Riding), the 38th (Welsh) and other infantry divisions in the northern sectors of the Ypres Salient. There are now 1,639 Commonwealth casualties of the First World War buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 39 of the burials are unidentified but special memorials commemorate three casualties known to be buried among them.

Additional Information

Thomas was originally buried at Boesinghe, reburied in Bard Cottage Cemetery (see reburial form). Grave photo donated by Mick McCann at the britishwargraves.co.uk. Also remembered on the St Mary's Church Roll of Honour (see photo). See photos for Thomas' Medal Index Card, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls, his CWGC Grave Registration x 2, his Reburial Form, another photo of his Grave, his Headstone Report x 2, Bard Cottage Cemetery and the Seaforth Highlanders Cap Badge.

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