Sergeant James Piercy M.M.

Sergeant James Piercy M.M., 1st/7th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. He was killed in action in France on 14th November 1916, aged 22, during the Battle of the Somme. He was the son of Andrew and Jane Piercy of 77 West End, Tweedmouth and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Thiepval, Somme, France. He fell in the attack on ” Gird Line ” and ” Hook Sap ” which was intended to capture high ground near the infamous Butte de Warlancourt. After hand to hand fighting the attack was only partially successful and cost the Battalion 2 Officers and 19 Other Ranks killed and 4 Officers and 101 Other Ranks killed. In addition 2 Officers and 103 Other Ranks were posted missing. In Great War parlance missing usually meant dead.

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