Corporal John Mcveigh

Corporal John Mcveigh, 1st/7th ( Territorial ) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. He was killed in action in Belgium on 5th July 1915, aged 19. He had been born in Tweedmouth and was the son of John and Frances McVeigh of 12 Foundry Cottages, Tweedmouth and is buried in St.Quentin Cabaret Military Cemetery, Flanders, Belgium. His Headstone is inscribed ” Safe In The Arms Of Jesus”. At this time the Battalion held front line trenches near Wulverghem near Ypres in Flanders and Private McVeigh was killed by one of the snipers who were very active in this area. Before the War he had been employed as an assistant baker with Messrs Simpson of West Street, Berwick. The colour photograph shows the impressive Memorial raised to commemorate the fallen of the 50th ( Northumbrian ) Division of which the Battalion was part until February 1918 when it was transferred to the 42nd ( East Lancashire ) Division as the Pioneer Battalion. It was erected near the village of Weiltje in the Ypres Salient where on the26th April 1915 the Division fought its first action of the War only days after landing on the Continent.

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