THE FIRST TANK CREWS

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Laurie Rowntree's death site confirmed

Posted by firsttankcrews on August 14, 2017 at 11:05 AM

Creme de Menthe crewman Laurie Rowtree was commissioned into the Royal Field Artillery in January 1917 and returned to the Western Front in the summer. He was killed on 25 November in the closing stages of the Battle for Passendaele, probably as a result of counter-battery fire.

An exhibition about his life is currently under way at the York Castle Museum.  As you would expect, a lot of research has been undertaken aboiut his life and, as part of this, the place of his death has been identfied.  His battery was operating northeast of Zonnebeke close to the location of Dochy Farm New British Cemetery, which was establised after the war.

Lawrie's body was however taken back to the British Rear Areas, probably on an artillery limber,   He is buried, together with 553 other soldiers of the Royal Field Artillery who lost their lives in the Ypres Salient at Vlamertinge New Military Cemetery,

He is not forgotten



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