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Michael McGraw cap badgePrivate Michael McGraw

1st Battalion East Lancashire Regiment
Service No: 6842

Michael McGraw grave





Personal details

Family Information

Son of Elizabeth McGraw. Brother of Mrs Elizabeth Windsor of 7 Hutton St, Coatbridge. Michael lived with his sister and her husband Hugh and their daughter Elizabeth at their 1891 address 12 Lang St, Coatbridge. From the 1881 Census - Address - Addies Square, Coatbridge - Elizabeth McGraw aged 46, James McGraw aged 19, Elizabeth McGraw aged 17, Thomas McGraw aged 15, John McGraw aged 13, Michael McGraw aged 11, Joseph McGraw aged 8, Catherine McGraw aged 6, William McGraw aged 5. From the 1891 Census - Address - 12 Lang St, Coatbridge - Hugh Windsor aged 25, Elizabeth Windsor aged 25, Elizabeth Windsor aged 9 months, Michael McGraw aged 19.

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 7 Hutton St, Coatbridge previously 12 Lang St, Coatbridge.


Killed in Action on the 03/05/1915 at Hill 60 during the Battle of St. Julien (part of the 2nd Battle of Ypres)


Hamilton 1914


Tube Worker in the British Tube Works previously a Coal Miner.



Buried / Remembered

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 34), West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, often referred to simply as the Menin Gate, bears the names of more than 54,000 soldiers who died before 16 August 1917 and have no known grave. Between October 1914 and September 1918 hundreds of thousands of servicemen of the British Empire marched through the town of Ypres's Menin Gate on their way to the battlefields. The memorial now stands as a reminder of those who died who have no known grave and is perhaps one of the most well-known war memorials in the world. It commemorates casualties from the forces of Australia, Canada, India, South Africa and United Kingdom who died in the Salient. In the case of United Kingdom casualties, only those prior 16 August 1917 (with some exceptions). United Kingdom and New Zealand servicemen who died after that date are named on the memorial at Tyne Cot, a site which marks the furthest point reached by Commonwealth forces in Belgium until nearly the end of the war. New Zealand casualties that died prior to 16 August 1917 are commemorated on memorials at Buttes New British Cemetery and Messines Ridge British Cemetery.

Additional Information

The Battalion arrived at Le Havre on the 22/08/1914 and were part of the 11th Brigade, 4th Division. Michael arrived in France on the 23/11/1914. He fell during the Battle of St. Julien, 24th April – 4th May 1915. This was part of the Battles of Ypres, 1915 (2nd Ypres), 22nd April – 25th May 1915 : Often known as the 2nd Battle of Ypres, this began with surprise German attack using poison gas against French North African forces holding defences near Ypres. Both sides rushed reserves in and the battle developed into the second epic in that area. British Second Army withdraws to a shorter line near Ypres. Michael had 12 years Army service. He is also remembered on the Stewarts and Lloyds Roll of Honour (see photos) and in the St Augustine's Parish (book) Roll of Honour. See photos for Michael's Medal Index Card, his Newspaper clipping, his CWGC Grave Registration, his name on the Menin Gate Memorial Panel List, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls x 2, his name on the Menin Gate Memorial x 2 and the East Lancashire Regiment Cap Badge.

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