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Posted by Captain Donal Buckley on August 19, 2004 at 16:08:19:

In Reply to: Re: Sergeant Major Cornelius Coughlan VC posted by Mrsk on August 13, 2004 at 05:04:10:

Gratifying to see so much inerest. Why was the grave not marked?
Two Suggestions:
1. The family were not that flush. This being the case, one would have imagined that the Gordon Highlanders would have forked out. It would be unusual if a Regiment did not go to great lengths to mark one of their own VC's!

2. It is normal to wait about a year before erecting any stone work because of subsidence caused by decomposition. Given that he was buried in early 1915, a year later came 1916 and the political wind changed utterly. It may have been the case that it became unpopular to flag "British" soldiers graves from then on.

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