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An unknown North Irish Horseman

 

 

This unknown North Irish Horseman lies in Queens Cemetery, Bucquoy, Pas-de-Calais, grave IV.E.18. Private Thomas Bryson of the North Irish Horse lies next to him. The bodies of both men were recovered in November 1919 from burial sites just north of Grandcourt and the Ancre River. They were then moved to the Queens Cemetery. When found, this man's grave was not marked by a cross or anything else to assist with his identification. However a North Irish Horse badge was found on his body. The gravestone inscription reads:

A SOLDIER
OF THE GREAT WAR
NORTH IRISH HORSE

KNOWN UNTO GOD

 

I believe that this man is Private John Martin Roberts, who is officially recorded among the missing, and is commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial. A submission seeking formal recognition of Roberts' burial place is currently before the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.