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Blargies Communal Cemetery Extension

Blargies Communal Cemetery Extension, Oise.

NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Monday 10 March 1919

Jersey Soldier's Tragic Death. One of life's saddest tragedies has been revealed in the lamentable death of Rifleman William (Willie) Remy, one of the original Jersey Company, at Abbencourt Stationary Hospital on Wednesday evening. The deceased soldier had been right through the campaign without injury and on Sunday 2 March was expected to leave the theatre of war for Jersey. His wife, who resides at 56 King Street had been daily expecting his arrival and in fact yesterday her mother went down to the pier fully assured that the soldier would be on board the Pembroke. Our readers can then judge the great shock the wife received on the delivery of the days mail when she was handed two letters, one bearing outside the tragic words "Re Death of Husband". The first, dated Wednesday, stated that the Rifleman had been admitted to hospital suffering from a fractured femur and was considered dangerously ill; the next conveyed the sad information that Rifleman Remy died at 11pm having been admitted in the early afternoon in a collapsed condition as the result of a railway accident. The under matron added "He was quite conscious and talked about being on the way home. Shortly afterwards he was very quiet and remained so until he died". The accident is apparently that mentioned in our columns on Thursday in which, near Amiens, several wagons containing soldiers on leave were in collision with a second train in which soldiers were travelling. At that time 10 dead and 25 wounded had been discovered. The late soldier, who was highly respected both in civil life and in the Army, was in in his 26th year. Our readers will join us in tendering our heartfelt sympathy to the young widow in the tragic manner in which her natural joy and hope of seeing her husband has been transformed into the most poignant grief

William George Remy

Private William George Remy
125th Company, Labour Corps

Died following an accident, aged 25 years.

Husband of Bertha Remy of 56 King Street, St Helier, Jersey.

Notice of Death appears in Jersey Evening Post of Tuesday 11 March 1919


Commonwealth War Graves Commission Record


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