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Private John Munro

12th Battalion Highland Light Infantry
Service No: 8163

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Personal details

Family Information

Son of Thomas and Margaret Munro. Husband of Sarah Fisher Munro of 41 Coatbank St, Coatbridge. Father of 4 children. Johns brother Private James Munro of the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers was Killed in Action on the 26/08/1914 (see index). John had 2 other brothers serving, Daniel in the Highland Light Infantry and Thomas in the Kings Own Scottish Borderers. His wife had 6 brothers serving and this was acknowledged by the King

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 41 Coatbank St, Coatbridge

Died

Killed in Action 19/01/1916 at Hulluch

Enlisted

Hamilton 1914

Employed

Clyde Tube Works / Reservist

Age

37 / DOB - 29/12/1879

Buried / Remembered

Bois-Carre Military Cemetery, Haisnes, France

Cemetery / Memorial Information

Haisnes village remained in German hands until the final advance in the year 1918, but parts of the commune were gained by British troops in the Battle of Loos. Bois-Carre Military Cemetery is named from a small copse about 274 metres to the South-West. It was begun in September, 1915, and used, largely by the 16th (Irish) Division, until August, 1916, one more grave being added in March 1918. There are over 200, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, nearly a quarter are unidentified and the graves of 47, destroyed by shell fire, are now represented by special memorials. The irregular arrangement of the rows is due to the difficult conditions under which these burials were carried out.

Additional Information

John was killed with 3 comrades as they arrived to relieve the Cameronians at 9th Avenue trench at Hulluch. John initially enlisted in the Cameronians in 1897, transferring as a Regular with the Royal Scots and serving in South Africa and India before joining the Reserve in 1906. He served 18 years in the Army. He is listed as 4TH BATTALION on the Memorial. Also remembered on the St Patricks Church Roll of Honour (see photos)

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