Rededication for Capt. Cecil Thomas Tuff (Frank Mahieu) - Wijtschate - 14/05/2019
2019, May 14th, Wijtschate, Heuvelland, Oosttaverne Wood Cemetery:  a rededication ceremony was held for Captain Cecil Thomas Tuff who until now was buried as "a captain of the Royal West Kent Regiment" but since the recent identification now has a known grave. The ceremony was also attended by his great nephew Geoffrey Tuff and his great niece Prunelle Scarlett. Military honour was performed by members of 1st. Bn. The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, also representing the British Embassy. The service was conducted by Army Chaplain Ian Kemp , 2nd Bn. The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment.

Captain Tuff was killed in the night of 18-19 April 1915, aged 29, at Hill 60 during very heavy fighting. He was shot through the head at 3 AM while leading his company in the attack. The trenches there at that time were almost completely filled and bogged with the bodies of the fallen and no time was left to recover them. Capt Tuff's body remained there and after the war couldn't be identified properly when being buried at Oosttaverne Wood Cemetery.  He was one of six officers of the battalion killed that night.

LEST WE FORGET.
(Nederlandse tekst volgt)
 
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Photo of Cecil Thomas Tuff when student at Malvern College (between 1899-1905)

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Pagina aangemaakt door / page made by Frank Mahieu.