Private David Cowe

Private David Cowe, ” D” Coy.1st/7th ( Territorial ) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. He  died from wounds in France on 2nd June 1916, aged 27. He was the son of John  and Margaret Cowe of Main Street, Norham and is buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, France. Before the war he had worked as a baker for his father who had a shop in Norham. He had just returned from leave when he was hit and had been attached to the 199th Trench Mortar Section. The photos show heavy and light trench mortars in action. After the War an impressive Memorial was raised to commemorate the 50th (Northumbrian) Division of which the Battalion was part. It was erected near the village of Weiltje in the Ypres Salient where on the 26th April 1915 the Division had fought its first action of the War only days after landing on the Continent.

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