Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch
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Location
Region : Le Touret, Pas-de-Calais, France
Latitude : 50.55999
Lontitude : 2.72307
CWGC Link : CWGC
Le Touret Memorial is located at the east end of Le Touret Military Cemetery, on the south side of the Bethune-Armentieres main road. From Bethune follow the signs for Armentieres until you are on the D171. Continue on this road through Essars and Le Touret village. Approximately 1 kilometre after Le Touret village and about 5 kilometres before you reach the intersection with the D947, Estaires to La Bassee road, the Cemetery lies on the right hand side of the road. The Memorial takes the form of a loggia surrounding an open rectangular court. The court is enclosed by three solid walls and on the eastern side by a colonnade. East of the colonnade is a wall and the colonnade and wall are prolonged northwards (to the road) and southwards, forming a long gallery. Small pavilions mark the ends of the gallery and the western corners of the court.

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Cookstown Casualties
No     Rank Name Service No Regiment / Service Date Of Death Grave Ref
1 Pte. Arbuthnot, John 8172 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 16/05/1915 Panel 16-17
2 Pte. Bates, Oliver 4686 Irish Guards 18/05/1915 Panel 4
3 Portrait L/Corp Cairns, Hugh John 4354 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 16/05/1915 Panel 16-17
4 R/man Crossett, John 8215 Royal Irish Rifles 27/10/1914 Panel 42-43
5 R/man Curtiss, Michael 8954 Royal Irish Rifles 10/03/1915 Panel 42-43
6 Pte. Hamilton, James 3699 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 16/05/1915 Panel 16-17
7 Pte. Johnston, William 10569 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 16/05/1915 Panel 16-17
8 Pte. Lavery, Edward 10739 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 16/05/1915 Panel 16-17
9 L/Corp Lawless, Robert 8016 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 16/05/1915 Panel 16-17
10 Pte. Lawlor, James Dominic 10479 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 16/05/1915 Panel 16-17
11 L/Corp McCann, William 8845 Royal Irish Rifles 25/10/1914 Panel 42-43
12 Portrait Portrait Pte. McIlree, Alexander 4304 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 16/05/1915 Panel 16-17
13 Pte. Owens, James 3620 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 16/05/1915 Panel 16-17
14 L/Corp Ross, Robert 9323 Royal Irish Rifles 11/03/1915 Panel 42-43
15 Portrait Portrait Capt Hon. Stuart, Robert Sheffield Royal Scots Fusiliers 02/11/1914 Panel 12-13
16 Pte. Taylor, Patrick 3543 Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 16/05/1915 Panel 16-17
Cemetery History
The Memorial in Le Touret Military Cemetery, Richebourg-l'Avoue, is one of those erected by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to record the names of the officers and men who fell in the Great War and whose graves are not known.
It serves the area enclosed on the North by the river Lys and a line drawn from Estaires to Fournes, and on the South by the old Southern boundary of the First Army about Grenay.
It covers the period from the arrival of the II Corps in Flanders in 1914, to the eve of the Battle of Loos. It does not include the names of officers and men of Canadian or Indian regiments (they are found on the Memorials at Vimy and Neuve-Chapelle) and those lost at the Battle of Aubers Ridge, 9 May 1915, who were involved in the Northern Pincer (the 7th, 8th and 49th Divisions - they are commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial).
The names of those commemorated are listed on panels set into the walls of the court and the gallery, arranged by Regiment, Rank and alphabetically by surname within the rank. Over 13,000 names are listed on the memorial of men who fell in this area before 25 September 1915 and who have no known grave. The memorial was designed by J.R. Truelove and unveiled by Lord Tyrrell on 22 March 1930.