Captain Fergus Bowes-Lyon, the maternal uncle of Queen Elizabeth II, fell at the Battle of Loos in northern France in 1915. Bowes-Lyon was 26 at his death, a Captain in the Black Watch who died “leading an attack on the German lines at the heavily fortified Hohenzollern Redoubt.” Queen Elizabeth’s World War I family loss is documented in this article in the Guardian about her visit to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
His death, followed by their inability to find out where his remains lay, hit the Queen Mother and her family hard. In 2011 Captain Bowes-Lyon’s grandson, James Joicey-Cecil, 59, with the help of his second cousin, the Prince of Wales, and historian Christopher Bailey, helped trace where he was buried in a mass grave in a quarry….
The Queen spoke of detective work to track down his suspected mass grave in 2011 as she met Ministry of Defence officials who help families find the bodies […]