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Finding the fallen
Wilfred Higley and Fred Higley were both killed during the war. A. P. Higley survived. We can investigate soldiers whom we know to have died during the First World War by looking at the CD-Rom, "Soldiers Died in the Great War". The CD-Rom also includes "Officers Died in the Great War" and is available at Shropshire Archives and Oswestry Library, just turn up and ask if you can see it.
We can also check if they are commemorated on any memorials in Britain, France or Flanders. Hundreds of memorials to the fallen exist and a good way of finding an individual soldier is to search on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website (Opens in a new window). The commonwealth War Graves Commission is the organisation charged with cataloging and maintaining the war graves of British and Commonwealth servicemen, wherever they have fallen in the world.
Private W. J. Higley died of wounds on 13th November, 1917. He is buried at the Zuydcoote Military Cemetery, France. The cemetery largely contains the graves of the officers and men who died at the 34th and 36th Casualty Clearing Stations during the autumn of 1917. There are over 300 men commemorated there.
Visit the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website (Opens in a new window).
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Page created October 2003 and last updated 30 July 2007