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George Halbert cap badgePrivate George Halbert

1/6th (Morayshire) Battalion Seaforth Highlanders
Service No: 267641

George Halbert grave





Personal details

Family Information

Son of William and Euphemia Halbert of 4e William St, Coatbridge. Elder brother of Private Thomas Halbert of the 6th (Service) Battalion Kings Own Scottish Borderers who Died of Wounds on the 15/08/1918. In his Will George left all his property and effects to his mother. From the 1901 Census - Address - 41 Watts Land, New Monkland - William Halbert aged 45, Euphemia Halbert aged 40, James Halbert aged 13, William Halbert aged 12, George Halbert aged 9, Euphemia R Halbert aged 8, Thomas Halbert aged 4, Archibald Halbert aged 5 months, visitor Agnes Henderson aged 51. George's Pension was awarded to his mother Euphemia on the 25/10/1917.

Born / Resided

Falkirk / 4e William St, Coatbridge.


Killed in Action 09/04/1917 at the 1st Battle of the Scarpe (opening day of the Battle of Arras)




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Buried / Remembered

Highland Cemetery (II. D. 28), Roclincourt, Pas de Calais, France.

Cemetery / Memorial Information

Roclincourt was just within the British lines before the Battles of Arras 1917; and it was from the village that the 51st (Highland) and 34th divisions advanced on the 9th April 1917. Highland Cemetery was made (under the name of Roclincourt Forward Cemetery No.1) when the battlefields were cleared after the 9th April 1917. There are over 300, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, nearly 50 are unidentified and a special memorial is erected to a soldier from the United Kingdom who is known to be buried among them.

Additional Information

George and the 8th (Service) Battalion arrived at Boulogne on the 09/07/1915 and were part of the 44th Brigade, 15th (Scottish) Division before George joined the 1/6th (Morayshire) Seaforths who were part of the 152nd Brigade, 51st (Highland) Division when he was killed during the attack on the German lines near Roclincourt during the 1st Battle of the Scarpe 9th - 14th April 1917 (part of the Battles of Arras 9th April - 16th June 1917). He was one of 110 men killed from the Battalion on the opening day. The Arras offensive, 1917 (Battle of Arras) 9th April -16th June 1917 : Once again the British are called upon to launch an attack in support to a larger French offensive: the battles of the Chemin des Dames and the hills of Champagne. The opening Battle of Vimy and the First Battle of the Scarpe are very encouraging, but once again the offensive – often known as the Battle of Arras – bogs down into an attritional slog. Final attempts to outflank the German lines at Bullecourt prove terribly costly. See Directory for George's younger brother Private Thomas Halbert's page. George was previously with the 8th (Service) Battalion Seaforth Highlanders (s/3671). He is also remembered on the St John's Church Roll of Honour (see photos). See photos for George's Medal Index Card, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls, his CWGC Grave Registration x 2, his Headstone Report, another photo of George's Grave x 2, the Highland Cemetery, Roclincourt, the Seaforth Highlanders Cap Badge and George's Pension Records x 2.

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