Lance Corporal Mark Willis

Lance Corporal Mark Willis, 22nd ( 3rd Tyneside Scottish ) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. He was killed in action in France on 9th April 1917, aged 19, on the first day of the Battle of Arras. He was the son of Mrs Willis of Coxen’s Lane, Berwick and is buried in Bailleul Road East Cemetery, St.-Laurent- Blangy, France. Before enlisting he had been employed as a butcher in Hide Hill, Berwick and had been a member of the Northern Cyclists Battalion. On that day  the Tyneside Scottish Brigade took its objectives and consolidated them until relieved. The photo shows British troops and a “little friend” in a captured village near Arras.

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