On this day: A war casualty on the day of the ceasefire

11th November 1918. Charles William Scott, a Private in the 1st Kent Cyclist Battalion (British Army Cyclist Corps), died in India. His grave is in the Kirkee War Cemetery, Khadki, Maharashtra.

The Army Cyclist Corps was founded in 1915 and was mainly used for British coastal defences. The 1st Kent Battalion were reformed as infantry and sent to India. I can’t find out what happened while they were there, but it’s likely they were assisting the Indian Army with defending its frontiers.

The Kirkee War Cemetery was created for Second World War graves. However, it also includes servicemen from the First World War – including Charles William Scott – whose graves were moved from a Bombay cemetery later on.

On the 11th of November 1918, Armistice Day, an estimated 11,000 servicemen and women lost their lives.

4 thoughts on “On this day: A war casualty on the day of the ceasefire”

    1. It was very hard to pick out just one soldier for that day, but the Cyclist Corps caught my eye because I hadn’t heard of them before.

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