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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 10:22 pm    Post subject: Haddington Parish Church Reply with quote

Not listed on UKNIWM.

This memorial is located inside Haddington Parish Church (the civic memorial is outside). No further details of location.

I only have this one partial photo of this memorial kindly supplied by GWF member Dycer (George Souness) who also provided the info on existance of this memorial.



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: SOUNESS, GEORGE SPEED
Initials: G S
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Serjeant
Regiment/Service: Royal Scots
Unit Text: 8th Bn.
Age: 24
Date of Death: 22/03/1918
Service No: 325002
Additional information: Son of the la.te Charles Constable Souness and Annie Speed Souness.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Bay 1 and 2.
Memorial: ARRAS MEMORIAL

This photo of Sgt George Souness was kindly provided by GWF member Dycer (also George Souness) and was taken in France in November 1915.



Dycer has confirmed that the John Souness listed was a brother to George Souness.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 11:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any relationship to the Scottish footballer Graeme Souness I wonder. He was from Edinburgh ?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

More information received from George Souness. The Souness's listed are not related to the footballer.

Info about the George Souness listed.................

From his Obituary."He was prior to the war,in the employment of the General Post Office as a postman in Haddington.unmarried.A younger brother was killed earlier in the war.Was one of two surviving members of the machine gun team who left Haddington with the battalion."

The following photos concern John Souness

I have not seen one of these Graves Registration photo cards before, did everyone get one?



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2009 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

More from George Souness, this time about the John Souness listed.

His Number was 582 and you already have Cemetery details. Don't really know anything more about him other than he was an apprentice in the Local Newspaper,no idea of trade but not a journalist.

If only we could get this level of info on every man on every memorial.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2009 5:58 pm    Post subject: 582 Pte J Souness Reply with quote

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I have not seen one of these Graves Registration photo cards before, did everyone get one?


Paul

The Graves Registration Units did provide photos to those who were in communication with them regarding a casualty or a grave they had registered. This was not always possible, until sometime after the burial, due to ongoing military operations. In this case it could have been soon after.

Interestingly John's grave is at the end of Row A. The French graves to the rear have been moved and Bloomfield's Cross of Sacrifice is in place there now.

It is sad to learn that John's NOK were known then but that they did not provide full details to IWGC , when requested, to have these added to his entry in their record.

Name: SOUNESS
Initials: J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Royal Scots
Unit Text: 8th Bn.
Date of Death: 29/01/1915
Service No: 582
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: A. 1.
Cemetery: SAILLY-SUR-LA-LYS CHURCHYARD
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