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  cap badgePrivate Thomas Cree

2nd Battalion Seaforth Highlanders
Service No: 9306

Thomas Cree grave





Personal details

Family Information

Son of William and Mary Cunningham Cree of 2 West Shaw St, Kilmarnock then Tichfield St, Kilmarnock. 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. Thomas' Pension was awarded to his mother Mary of Tichfield St, Kilmarnock on the 16/02/1917.

Born / Resided

Kilmarnock, Ayrshire / 37 Back Row, Coatbridge.


Killed in Action on the 26/06/1915 near Zwaanhof Farm, North East of Ypres


Kilmarnock 1914


Miner in Rosehall Colliery.



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 and the Battalion arrived at Boulogne on the 23/08/1914 and were part of the 10th Brigade, 4th Division. Thomas was originally buried at Boesinghe and was reburied in Bard Cottage Cemetery (see reburial form). Grave photo donated by Mick McCann at the Thomas is 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, the Seaforth Highlanders Cap Badge and Thomas' Pension Records x 3.

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