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  cap badgePrivate Matthew Eliot Hendrie

2nd Battalion Highland Light Infantry
Service No: 8148

Matthew Eliot Hendrie grave





Personal details

Family Information

Son of John and Margaret Murray Hendrie of 239/b2 Main St, Coatbridge. Younger brother of Lance Corporal George Hendrie of the 12th Battalion Highland Light Infantry who was Killed in Action on the 21/05/1916. Matthew's younger brother John did not go to War due to a leg injury received at a Foundry. Matthew left a Will leaving all belongings to his mother and father. From the 1901 Census - Address - 62 Long Row, Coatbridge - John Hendry aged 42, Maggie Hendry aged 40, Thomas Hendry aged 19, George Hendry aged 17, Matthew Hendry aged 10, Maggie Hendry aged 6, Sarah Hendry aged 5, John Hendry aged 1. Matthew's Pension was awarded to his mother Margaret on the 22/06/1917.

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 239/b2 Main St, Coatbridge.


Died of Wounds (gun shot) on the 08/12/1916 in a Boulogne Hospital


Coatbridge 08/1914


Lochrin Iron Works / Reservist.


25 / DOB - 12/06/1891

Buried / Remembered

Boulogne Eastern Cemetery (VIII. C. 200), Pas de Calais, France.

Cemetery / Memorial Information

Boulogne, was one of the three base ports most extensively used by the Commonwealth armies on the Western Front throughout the First World War. It was closed and cleared on the 27 August 1914 when the Allies were forced to fall back ahead of the German advance, but was opened again in October and from that month to the end of the war, Boulogne and Wimereux formed one of the chief hospital areas. Until June 1918, the dead from the hospitals at Boulogne itself were buried in the Cimetiere de L'Est, one of the town cemeteries, the Commonwealth graves forming a long, narrow strip along the right hand edge of the cemetery. In the spring of 1918, it was found that space was running short in the Eastern Cemetery in spite of repeated extensions to the south, and the site of the new cemetery at Terlincthun was chosen. Boulogne Eastern Cemetery contains 5,577 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and 224 from the Second World War.

Additional Information

The Battalion arrived at Boulogne on the 14/08/1914 and were part of the 5th Brigade, 2nd Division. Matthew arrived in France on the 23/11/1914. The Battle of the Ancre, 13th – 18th November 1916 (the last part of the Battle of the Somme 1916) : The Battle was now extended northwards across to the far side of he River Ancre. The British force attacked in fog and snow on the 13th November from the very same front lines from which the attack had failed so badly on the 1st July. Beaumont-Hamel was finally captured but Serre once again proved an objective too far. Considerable casualties were sustained before the battle was called off. This was the last Battle the Division were involved and possibly where Matthew received his injuries. Matthew was a Reservist and was called up at the outbreak of war. The Newspaper clipping states Matthew was seriously wounded by a gun shot and was lying in a Boulogne Hospital (see photos). He subsequently died of these wounds. Matthew's date of birth is from the Scotland Births and Baptisms form (he is listed as aged 27 on the CWGC site). See Directory for Mathew's brother Lance Corporal George Hendrie's page. Grave photo donated by Mick McCann at the See photos for Matthew's Medal Index Card, his Newspaper clippings x 4, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his CWGC Grave Registration x 2, his Headstone report, his Service Medal and Award Rolls x 2, Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, the Highland Light Infantry Cap Badge and Matthew's Pension Records x 2.

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Visited mathew and George's grandfather was there brother.really chuffed to find more info about grandfather was john hendrie he did not go to war because one of his legs was injured in foundry. George has is mame on galasheils memorial. My mother sheila is george and mathews neice. My email is iam calum
Calum mclachlan, Tarbrax westcalder , 03/11/2019 2:00PM
This is my great uncle. His brother George was my great grandfather. Lovely to find out this information.
Annabelle Coombes, London, 29/10/2019 7:59PM

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