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Donald Francis Coffey

In memory of:

Private Donald Francis Coffey

August 15, 1917

Military Service


Service Number:

905080

Age:

24

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment)

Division:

10th Bn.

Additional Information


Born:

July 4, 1893

Commemorated on Page 218 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

MAROC BRITISH CEMETERY
Nord, France

Grave Reference:

III. M. 3.

Location:

Maroc is a cemetery located in the village of Grenay which is about 15 kilometres south-east of Bethune. From Lens take the N43 towards Bethune. After Loos-en-Gohelle turn left (after the petrol station) and follow straight on. The MAROC BRITISH CEMETERY is a few kilometres on the right side of the road, in the village. The Cemetery was begun by French troops in August, 1915, but it was first used as a British Cemetery by the 47th (London) Division in January, 1916. During the greater part of the War it was a front-line cemetery, protected from enemy observation by a slight rise in the ground, and used by fighting units and Field Ambulances. Plot II was begun in April, 1917, by the 46th (North Midland) Division. By the middle of October, 1918, Plot III, Row A and part of Row B, had been filled; and the remainder of Plot III and the ends of certain rows in Plot I contain the remains of soldiers buried on the battlefields, or in small cemeteries, North and East of Grenay, and brought in after the Armistice. The 8th Canadian Battalion erected a wooden memorial in the cemetery to their officers and men who fell in the Battle of Hill 70 (East of Loos) on the 15th August, 1917.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Circumstances of Death Registers– Source: Library and Archives Canada.  CIRCUMSTANCES OF DEATH REGISTERS, FIRST WORLD WAR Surnames:  CLEAL TO CONNOLLY.  Microform Sequence 21; Volume Number 31829_B016730. Reference RG150, 1992-93/314, 165.  Page 549 of 1384.
  • Newspaper Clipping– From the Renfrew Mercury for 29 March 1918.
  • Photo of Donald Francis Coffey– Donald Coffey's Military Portrait and Medals

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