Private Thomas Strother

Private Thomas Strother, 1st/7th ( Territorial ) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. He was killed in action, aged 28, during the Battle of Morval ( part of the Somme Battle ) on 15th September 1916 and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Thiepval, Somme, France.  He had been born in Horncliffe and had been employed as a netsman on the River Tweed. 1st/7th Battalion was part of the 50th ( Northumbrian ) Division and was the territorial Battalion for the North East of Northumberland. The photograph shows the troops moving up to assault Morval. The colour photograph shows the Memorial raised to the fallen of the Division during the war. It was erected near the village of Wieltje in the Ypres Salient near where the Division had fought its first Battle on 26th April 1915 only days after landing on the Continent. The other photos show troops on the Somme and the colour image depicts a peaceful Somme landscape today.

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