CWGC will replace headstone A.I. Northrup

Avard Isaac Northrup G/12239

While collecting data for this website I've discovered an incorrect regiment inscription on Avard's headstone. It says 'North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment' (NSR).

This young Private disembarked on July 27, 1944 from England and disembarked on August 30, 1944 in France. Avard Isaac Northrup G/12239 died age 19 in Belgium by a bullet wound to the head. His remains were temporary buried in Duinhoek, Belgium. A place between De Panne and Adinkerke.

The NSR was still in France at the time Avard died. However the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada (QOCH) were certainly somewhere near De Panne.

In a reply Martin SkellyRecords Administrator Headstones CWGC writes:

Having investigated this case, it does appear that Private Northrup was serving with the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada at the time of his death.

I believe the confusion has arisen due to the fact that he was only transferred from the North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment 10 days prior to his death so it is likely that the paperwork had not yet made its way through the system (additionally there are a couple of instances in his service record where the regiment has been crossed out and corrected so there was also confusion from the Canadian perspective).

As a result of the above, i have now amended our internal database to reflect the correct regiment and this change should replicate on our website within the next 24 hours or so. Please do feel free to check.

I have also placed a headstone amendment request into our works programme however as this will necessitate a new headstone, it will take anything up to 18 months to complete, due to the large number we replace each year. Rest assured however that the wheels are now in motion to correct the headstone.