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    Default Private W. SORLIE ( Essex regiment ) killed in a crash in Belgium on 31.10.1918 ????

    Hello to all,

    I met today an ancient roadman who worked at the belgian cimetery of Mignault. He looked to be certain with his database an airman was killed in a plane crashed in this village on 31 oktober 1918. Here are the informations about this soldier :

    SORLIE W
    United Kingdom Private Essex Regiment 11th Bn.
    Age: 39
    Date of Death: 31/10/1918
    Service No: 39565

    Two WWII airmen are buried in this cimetery and there is no confusion with them. I think he could be right because on 31.10.1918, this country was not yet free and the german are still there. But I'm surprise because, Essex Regiment is an infantry regiment. Was he passenger in a crashed plane ?
    Does somebody has information about this probable crash ?
    Thanks in advance.
    Best regards from Belgium.

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    The ancestry.com database entitled UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
    lists him as 'Died', suggests a death from natural causes, I'll check some more databases.

    Name: William Sorlie
    Residence: Amulree, Perthshire
    Death Date: 31 Oct 1918
    Death Location: France & Flanders
    Enlistment Location: Dunkeld
    Rank: Private
    Regiment: Essex Regiment
    Battalion: 11th Battalion
    Number: 39565
    Type of Casualty: Died
    Theatre of War: Western European Theatre
    Comments: Formerly S.4/243026, R.A.S.C.
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    Does the 1914-19 label of "killed" also include 'accidental death'? I merely ask because if we look at this through the other end of the telescope then our Pvt W Sorlie of the Essex Rgt might well have been going about his lawful business when this aeroplane pranged on top of him? If we knew where 11 Essex were on that date it might help? Just a thought!
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    http://www.1914-1918.net/essex.htm

    11th (Service) Battalion
    Formed at Warley in September 1914 as part of K3 and attached to 71st Brigade in 24th Division. Moved to Shoreham and then to billets in Brighton in January 1915. Returned to Shoreham in March and then on to Blackdown in June 1915.
    30 August 1915 : landed at Boulogne.
    11 October 1915 : transferred with Brigade to 6th Division.
    27 October 1915 : transferred to 18th Brigade in same Division.

    AS for the 6th Division:
    By September the division was part of IX Corps and took part in the Battle of Epehy, participating in the general attack on St Quentin and The Quadrilateral that began on 18 September and ended with the Quadrilateral's capture on the 25th.

    The division's last two major assaults of the war were in October. On the 8th they captured Bohain and on the 18th they took the high ground overlooking the Sambre–Oise Canal that prepared the way for the Battle of the Sambre.[1]

    From google searching.
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    Just for info, there doesn't seem to be anything obvious in either the Airmen Died in the First World War, or The Sky Their Battlefield that relates to this incident.

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    Hello and thanks to all,

    Then, nothing confirm private Sorlie was in the fact a pilot as told by the roadman. But it is certain that britains didn't reach this village yet on 31.10.1918. They came at this place about 10-11 november. May be a prisonner killed when evaded ????
    Best regards.

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    Thanks to all.
    Then I consider private SORLIE wasn't a pilot as said by local people. He wasin the fact ESSEX Regiment, as buried.
    Best regards from Belgium.

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