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6730   Company Sergeant Major William George Motum
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/06/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles (British Army)
Died: 10/03/1915 (Killed in Action)
Age: 31
William George Motum was born in London about 1884. William Motum met his wife Hannah in Dublin. William Motum served in India and returned to Aden possibly in the early part of 1914. When war broke out, the Battalion was shipped to France. Aden was not an accompanied tour so on return from India the family returned to their home in Aughnacloy. Company Sergeant Major Motum was serving with E Company of the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles when was killed in action on 10th March 1915. He was 31 years old. The CWGC record Company Sergeant Major Motum as the husband of Hannah Motum, of Caledon Road., Aughnacloy, Co. Tyrone.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Le Touret Memorial
  Le Touret, Pas-de-Calais
Grave Ref: Panel 42-43
CWGC Casualty 854746
Le Touret Memorial is located at the east end of Le Touret Military Cemetery, on the south side of the Bethune-Armentieres main road. From Bethune follow the signs for Armentieres until you are on the D171. Continue on this road through Essars and Le Touret village. Approximately 1 kilometre after Le Touret village and about 5 kilometres before you reach the intersection with the D947, Estaires to La Bassee road, the Cemetery lies on the right hand side of the road. The Memorial takes the form of a loggia surrounding an open rectangular court. The court is enclosed by three solid walls and on the eastern side by a colonnade. East of the colonnade is a wall and the colonnade and wall are prolonged northwards (to the road) and southwards, forming a long gallery. Small pavilions mark the ends of the gallery and the western corners of the court.
References and Links
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1 Unfortunately, unreadable image of panels from Le Touret
2 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of William George Motum
3 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
4 Wartime Memories Project A relative (Allan Wiggam), details information on William Motum
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