7/21/2013 at 3:55 AM
I happen to be going to France, and will be visiting both of the burial/memorial locations detailed in the notes for Frederick James Buchan :
- "Le Roukloshille Military Cemetery 3.75 miles NW of Bailleul, France"; and
It may not be that Frederick's grave is at either location, once again from the current notes: "On a visit to France in November 2000 (by his great-nephew Robert Buchan) it was discovered that there is no cemetery of any type at Le Roukloshille (statement by locals & unknown in Bailleul). A visit to three local cemeteries did not locate his grave. Each cemetery has a detailed list of the dead enclosed in a brass box".
The thing about these notes is that Meteren Cemetery (http://bit.ly/12UMLDw) is 3.75 KM (not miles) West-NW of Bailleul. (See maps http://bit.ly/14tBtrw). My father was never able to find a "Le Roukloshille" as per his notes in November 2000; but he says Military records (which?) note a cross is erected at Meteran Cemetery.
I'll be going to Meteren as we are staying 20 mins drive from there.
I do note that the commonwealth war graces commission website lists a memorial being at the Villers-Bretonneux Australian Memorial. This I will also be visiting also travelling from Lille to Reims.
I'll update with any findings. Would like to confirm actual burial location.