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Ian Valentine alias Sgt. Christopher Arthur Valentine
Actually,  Ian (Ion) Hastings Webb Carter

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Ian Valentine Pages (1) & (2)   His Parents  His brothers
Clay Families
Cobbe Families
Capt Vivian
Hastings Clay
Vivian's life
Fovant P Church
Vivian's Memorial
Capt Robert Richard Clay MC
Ian Valentine
Ian's Parents
Ian's Brothers
Ian Valentine's Letters to the Clays
(1), (2), (3), (4) & (5)
Duke of Wellington's West Yorkshire Regt
Lt Col Richard Chaloner Cobbe
Archbishop Charles Cobbe
Capt. William Cobbe
Feast of the Sons of the Clergy - 1799 - Sermon
Date Event & Comment Source & Comment
May 2010 As the writer could not find Ian/Christopher on the Commonwealth War Graves Commision a query produced the following response:

Awards: M M    
Unit: 5th Bn.
Regiment: Cameron Highlanders
Service No: S/21681
Date of Death: 3 May 1917
Commemoration: ARRAS MEMORIAL
Bay 9.

The Arras Memorial is in the Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery, which is in the Boulevard du General de Gaulle in the western part of the town of Arras. The cemetery is near the Citadel, approximately 2 kms due west of the railway station

Information on Christopher Arthur Valentine MM, can also be found on the Soldiers Died CD,
available at many local libraries

Stephen Binks
Enquiry Section

Part of entry in the War Diary of the 5th Battalion, the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders

3rd May 1917:   At 3.45 am    The 5th Camerons, with the 8th Black Watch, on left and 4th Division on Right advanced to attack the German position but owing to the fact that it was still pitch dark and that there was very heavy machine gun fire from the CHEMICAL WORKS the advance did not succeed -a  second attempt was made later with no better results. The shelling of our own front line by our own artillery made the confusion worse. During these two attempts all theOfficers with the exception of 2nd Lieuts  Dufton and Gallie were either killed, wounded or missing. (Lieut Riach returned to our line in the evening from a shell hole in which he and and a few men of A company spent the day). 2nd Lieut E.S.Dufton  reorganised the men in the front line which except from activity from hostile snipers  during the day was left pretty  quiet by the enemy, but received a great deal of  attention from our own artillery. The enemy shelled CHILI Trench during the most of the day and evening     We were relieved about mid- night by the Argyll ........
[The three officers named appear to have survived the Great War, as their names neither appear to be present on the Officers Died CD
nor on the CWGC database- GGD]


National Archives

Ref: WO 95/1767
5th Batt
War Diary

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