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Thiepval Memorial to the Missing

Thiepval Memorial To The Missing

The Thiepval Memorial to the missing of the Somme, bears the names of  73,357 officers and men of the United Kingdom and South African forces who died in WW1 in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 and have no known grave. Over 90 percent of those commemorated died between July and November 1916.

The Thiepval memorial also serves as an Anglo-French Battle Memorial in recognition of the joint nature of the Somme 1916 offensive and a small cemetery containing equal numbers of Commonwealth and French graves lies at the foot of the memorial.

Thiepval memorial was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and was built between 1928 and 1932. It was unveiled by the Prince of Wales (later to become Edward VIII), in the presence of the President of France, on 31 July 1932. The dead of other Commonwealth countries who died on the Somme battlefields and have no known graves are commemorated on national memorials elsewhere.

The names are listed on huge panels, mounted on sixteen piers, in regimental order and then within each regiment by rank and then name. However, the register contained in bronze lockers by the main steps is in surname order.

Almost every regiment and corps of the British army are found here, and in addition soldiers from the Royal Naval Division and South African Brigade. Perhaps every rank from Private to Lieutenant Colonel is recorded, and the youngest soldier to die on the Somme (Pte Reginald Giles, Gloucestershire Regt, age 14) is commemorated on the memorial.

Thiopval Memorial

The London Regiment has the greatest number of names, with 4,340 listed. Next is the Nothumberland Fusiliers with 2,931 names and Royal Fusiliers with 2,502; reflecting the large size of these regiments during the Great War.

The names of  24 soldiers listed on the Coxhoe & District War Memorial representing nine different regiments appear on the panels of the Thiepval memorial.

The images shown here represent  9 men of the Durham Light Infantry from Coxhoe who are named on the Thiepval Memorial.



The Coxhoe Men On Thiepval


Bowes. Ralph


Royal Engineers


Brandon. Thomas

Durham Light Infantry

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Brown. Norman

Durham Light Infantry

Carr. Anthony

Durham Light Infantry

Crosby. Thomas

Durham Light Infantry

Glendinning. William

Durham Light Infantry

Johnson. Allan

Durham Light Infantry

Moyle. Thomas Horsley

Durham Light Infantry

Seeber. Martin James

Durham Light Infantry

Woodward. Frederick

Durham Light Infantry


Cranson. James


East Yorkshire Regiment

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Garnett. William

East Yorkshire Regiment

Thubron. Robert

East Yorkshire Regiment

Young. James

East Yorkshire Regiment


Duignan .Philip


Tyneside Irish N/land Fusiliers

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Hargreaves. Thomas William

Tyneside Irish N/land Fusiliers

Payton. Patrick

Tyneside Irish N/land Fusiliers


Forster. John George


Yorkshire Regiment

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Hedley. Thomas

Yorkshire Regiment

Ogden. Thomas

Yorkshire Regiment


Jamieson. Alexander


Cameron Highlanders

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Johnson. Joseph


Royal Fusiliers

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Lindsay. Robert William


Loyal North Lancashire Regt.

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Redden. John


Kings Own Yorkshire. L. Inf.

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