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CHAPTER \"
SUMMARY OF OFFICERS AND OTHER RANKS KILLED
AND DIED OF WOUNDS OR DISEASE
1. The table which follows has been based on the Roll of Honour
described in Chapter VI , supplemented and corrected by information
from the Regimental Annuals, Battalion War Diaries, Cemetery
Registers and personal recollection.
2.
The numbers shown against each battalion are of those who
were serving with it at the time of their death, or immediately before
it in the case of deaths from wounds or disease, so far as it has been
possible to establish the po tings.
3. Officers and other ranks who were
attached
to the Iachine Gun
Corps and other regiments are included in a special column of the
t able, while tho e who had been
transferred
to units outside the
Regiment are not included . Those known to have been serving with
light trench morta r ba tteries have been counted with the battalions
from which they had been detached for this duty, wherever possible.
4. The registers of the cemeteries maintained by the Imperial
War Graves Commission, which the compiler was enabled to consult
through the courtesy and h elp of the officials of the City of York
Public Library, have provided later information as to the battalions
with ",hich casua lties were se rving at the time of their death than
was available when the Roll of Honour was compiled . This accounts
in part for differences between the two documents.
It
has, however,
not been possible to check the records of all cemeteries by this means
for two reasons. First, many cemeteries, especially those begun early
in the war, we re damaged or destroyed in la ter fighting; and
secondly, burials on or near a battlefield had often to be conducted
under conditions which made accurate records of graves impossible.
Thus, in Lancashire Landing Cemet ery; only two out of the eighty–
four graves known to be the resting-place of members of the 1st
Battalion can be identified by name ; while many cemet eries in
France and Flanders. in areas in which battalions of the Regiment
fought . contain large numbers of unidentified graves . The figu res
given in the table can therefore be regarded as only approximately
accura te, either in tota l or in detail.
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