Private George Murray

Private George Murray, 1st/6th ( Territorial ) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. He died from wounds in Belgium on 17th December 1917, aged 27. He was the son of George and Christine Murray of 143 Cragside Terrace, Blyth and is buried in Lijessenhoek Military Cemetery, Flanders, Belgium. He had been born in Berwick and had enlisted in Alnwick.  His headstone is inscribed ” He Answered The Call “. The photographs show the conditions of the battlefield where the incessant shelling had destroyed the fragile Flanders drainage systems. ( Over 4 million shells were used in the opening barrages alone ). The colour photograph shows the impressive Memorial raised to the 50th ( Northumbrian ) Division of which the Battalion was part until July 1918 when it was reduced to cadre and assigned to lines of communication duties. It was erected near the village of Weiltje in the Ypres Salient where nearby at St Julien on 26th April 1915 it had fought its first action of the War only days after landing on the Continent.

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