Corporal Jacob Strassheim

Corporal Jacob Strassheim, 7th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. He was killed in action in Belgium on 27th March 1916, aged 23 and is buried in Railwar Dugouts Burial Ground ( Transport Farm ), Zillebeke, Flanders, Belgium. He was the son of Jacob and Elizabeth Strassheim of Spittal and the husband of Isabella Strassheim of 39 Main Strret, Spittal. It is interesting to note that he served under the name of Straughan. ( possibly because of his Germanic sounding surname ). Before enlisting he had worked for the Scremerston Coal Company and he left a widow and two children. He was a keen footballer and played foe Scremerston Hearts. His brother John served in the same Battalion. At that time the Battalion were holding front line trenches in the Hill 60 sector of the Ypres Salient and suffered casualties fron enemy artillery.


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