War Graves

our adopted graves

Together with my partner, I adopted 3 war graves.

These soldiers died in November 1944 for our freedom.

Charles Edwin Morley Lieutenant - 1st Battalion, The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry attached 1st Battalion, The Gordon Highlanders

Information:

  • Surname:Morley
  • Initials :C.E.
  • Nationality: Groot-Brittannië
  • Country: Groot-Brittannië
  • Army Service Number: 293737
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: 1st Battalion, The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry attached 1st Battalion, The Gordon Highlanders
  • Divisio: 51st (Highland) Division
  • Initially he was given a Royal Army Service Corps Number and then served with the 1st Battalion of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry in the 53rd Welsh Division. On August 8th Charles Edwin Morley was transfert to the 1st Battalion Gordon Highlanders in the 51st Highland Division. Lieutenant Charles Morley is married and father of a son (John) when he receives his call for military service in the British Army in 1943. In daily life he is a police officer in Slough. In 1944 he was given the command of the Bren Gun Carrier platoon of the 1st battalion of Gordon Highlanders as an officer.  The 1st Gordons took part in Operaion Ascot and had the task to liberated Roggel. On 16 November 1944 he and his BCP entered Roggel. There is only one photos of this event. Charles is said to be the standing officer in the first Bren Carrier. Later that day they received orders to move to Californië farm ( T'Fort ) in Neer. On a patrol in scanning the opposition on the Zig Canal he was killed by machine gun fire.
  • Killed in Action :16-11-1944
  • Burial sight: Venray War Cemetery
  • Land : Nederland
  • Plot : V
  • Row: B
  • Number: 6

James Slater Private - 1st Battalion, The Gordon Highlanders

Gegevens:

  • Surname: Slater
  • Initials: J.
  • Nationality: United Kingdom
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Age : 28
  • Family:Son of James and Mary Slater of Bolton, Lancashire.
  • Army Number: 3389686
  • Rank: Private
  • Regiment: 1st Battalion, The Gordon Highlanders
  • Division: 51st (Highland) Division
  • Information: It would seem from his service number that when Private Slater was first conscripted, possibly in 1939, he joined the East Lancashire Regiment and later was transferred to the 1st Battalion Gordon Highlanders. This may have been on 26 August 1944. As the British Army was badly short of manpower, the 9th (Staffordshire Infantry Division) was chosen to be disbanded and its men transferred to other units to bring them up to strength. The 5th Battalion East Lancashire Regiment was part of this Division. Private Slater was killed in action while Crossing the Wessem-Nederweert Canal at Schoor.
  • Killed in Action: 14-11-1944
  • Buried at : Nederweert War Cemetery
  • Land: Netherlands
  • Plot : II
  • Row: C
  • Number: 11

Thomas McAllister Private - 1st Battalion, The Gordon Highlanders

Gegevens:

  • Surname:McAllister
  • Initials:T.
  • Nationality: United Kingdom
  • Born: 15-11-1919
  • Born in: Paisley
  • Country: Groot-Brittannië
  • Age :24
  • Army Number:2828191
  • Rank:Private
  • Regiment: 1st Battalion, The Gordon Highlanders
  • Division: 51st (Highland) Division
  • Information:Thomas McAllister was an Arts graduate from the University of Glasgow (class of 1940). Private McAllister would probably have been conscripted in 1940, after his graduation from Glasgow University. His service number suggests that he initially was allocated to the Seaforth Highlanders and at some point, he transferred to the 1st Battalion Gordon Highlanders and possibly served in North Africa, as part of the 153rd Brigade of the 51st Highland Division and the Eighth Army, and in Sicily prior to the invasion of Europe in 1944. However, the 2nd Battalion Seaforth Highlanders also served in these campaigns.
    Private Thomas McAllister was killed during the Wessem-Nederweert Canal crossing on the 14th of November 1944 together with Private Slater one day before his 25th birthday.
  • Killed in Action:14-11-1944
  • Burial Sight: Nederweert War Cemetery
  • Land : Netherlands
  • Plot : II
  • Row: C
  • Number: 10

Thanks to monument of tolerance and Hugo Levels for additional information.