Private Peter Blake

Private Peter Blake, 2nd Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in France on 30th July 1916 during the Battle of the Somme and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Thiepval, France. He had been born at West Calder and had enlisted in Berwick. He fell in action in an attack on an “orchard” to the West of Delville Wood which had little success. The Battalion suffered heavily, losing 6 Officers killed and 6 wounded together with 244 Other Ranks. Originally he was posted to the 1st Battalion, K.O.S.B. and joined them at Gallipoli in June 1915. He later transferred to the 2nd Battalion which was in France. The artist’s illustration gives an idea of the grim type of fighting that took place in and around the Somme woods such as Delville.

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