Maybe someone will recognise the man on the right as they think he's a Hebburn man.
Monica's niece has done a lot of research and here is what she wrote. Any help for her would be fantastic.
George William Dent was killed in action and is commemorated on the memorial in Plodgsteert. I am a teacher and teach about WW1. Each year, I tell the children the story of George and his brother in law Henry Riley and they are moved by their story. It was because of this that I decided to look into it all again. We came across the battalion log for the 8th Durham’s which detailed day by day the harrowing events they experienced. We were amazed to find that on the date of George’s death (Aug 1915), the author of the log had taken the care to write a map reference of his burial.
The burial location was away from the from the front line, up next to the battalion headquarters. This made sense as George’s case was also unique in the fact that he was killed on the same day that the battalion were relieved and were heading back to their billets so would explain why he was not just buried where he fell on the front like so many others.
After locating the concentration report which was dated 1920 during the horrendous task of clearing the dead, George was named on a report with two others. The map reference stated was the reference for where the trench was. It stated there was a memorial cross and no remains found hence why he did not have a grave and was therefore named on the memorial at Ploegsteert. But now we knew that there were no remains there because that was not where he was buried. I then set out to find all of the bodies that had been recovered from the area. There were 18 and none of them were likely to be George due to their location or clues found ok the bodies - ie one was with the Northumberland fusiliers. This means George is still buried in the original location or there is a small cemetery within very close proximity to the HQ location which was being used by the DLI. Within it, there are the bodies of 2 unknown soldiers.
I also found out in my research that although George and Henry enlisted together, they did not go out to France together. In fact, they never ended up being out there together at all. George went first in April 1915 and was killed August 1915. Henry went in October 1915 and was killed January 1916. Someone that I’m interested in finding more about is a man called Hugh Turner. He went to war with George and survived the whole ordeal and was with Henry also. Henry mentions Hugh or ‘Hughie’ as he refers to him in many of his letters. Hugh himself writes one and in it says from your nephew. I believe he may be a cousin of Henry Riley. Don’t know if you’ve ever heard of him? I’m also going to look into the McVeys and again was going to ask you if you might know anything of them?
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