Private George Wharton

Private George Wharton, 1st/7th ( Territorial ) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. He was killed in action in France during the Battle of the Somme on 16th July 1916, aged 19. He was the son of George and the late Jane Wharton of Holmside Cottage, Norham and is buried in Ridge Wood Military Cemetery, Somme, France. He was one of the Battalion bombers and was killed whilst in the act of throwing bombs into the German trenches. Before the war he was a fisherman on the River Tweed and had enlisted at a recruiting meeting held in Norham. The photograph shows a recently captured trench on the Somme with the chalk soil of the Region very evident.

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