Memorial plaque Christopher Serocold Tennant
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Christopher Serocold Tennant
On the floor in the church of Elverdinge
Elverdinge, Ieper
GPS-Reference R5566 - ELVERDINGE - St.-Petrus- en Pauluskerk
DMSX N 50°53'04.4'' - E002°48'58.3''
DMX N 50°53.074' - E002°48.971'
D N 50.884566° - E002.816189°
UTM 31U E 487070 N 5637004
GOOGLE EARTH 50 53.074 N, 002 48.971 E
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The text on the brass plate (which is approx. 50 cm / 1.6 ft x 30 cm / 1 ft) reads : Orate pro anima CHRISTOPHER SEROCOLD TENNANT 2nd Lieut. Welsh Guards, of Cadoxton, Neath, Wales. Born 1897. Fell in action 3rd Sept. 1917 near Langemarck. Aged 19 Dearly loved Ex voto matre sua Sancta Teresia a Jesu Infante pro nobis This officer, so I found, was killed in a minor operation, two weeks after the Battle of Langemark (8 km / 5 miles eastward). That same day (3 Sept.), and the following day 16 other ranks fell in the same battalion (1st Welsh Guards). He is the son of Charles Coombe and Winifred Coombe Tennant, of Neath, Wales. His biography was written in 1918 already by Sir Oliver Lodge ("Christopher - A Study in Human Personality"). I do not possess that biography, but it is in the Ypres In Flanders Fields Documentation Centre. It is obvious that I want to read it as soon as I can. As to the rediscovery I can only conjecture what must have happened, based on what some people in Elverdinge told me, and also having found that George Christopher Serocold Tennant (CWGC) or George Christian Serocold Tennant (SDGW) was buried at Canada Farm cemetery (Elverdinge, near the road to Poperinge).
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