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Info from John E. Shirley
Robert Shirley born about 1795
John Shirley wrote the following:
About two years ago, following the death of his grandmother, a small parcel of documents and medals were given to him concerning the death of his grandfather. All that was known up to then was that he was killed on active service in Greece in the 1914-18 War. John decided to investigate and contacted the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in Maidenhead. They were very helpful.
Corporal E. E. Shirley #16954 of the 9th Gloucestershire Regiment was killed in action on August 21st, 1916 during an engagement with the enemy near the Jugoslav border with Greece. The exact location is not known nor the original burial place although they assumed it would have been near to the scene of the action.
In 1919 the original grave was transferred to Karasouli Military Cemetery which lies about 56 K from Thessaloniki. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission were good enough to send a photograph of the cemetery and also the exact location of the grave.
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