Corporal Thomas Austin

Corporal Thomas Oswald Austin, 1st/7th ( Territorial ) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. He was killed in action in France on 15th September 1916, aged 19, during the Battle of the Somme. He was the son of Mrs Martha Dempster of 4 Station Cottages, Tweedmouth and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Thiepval, Somme, France. He fell in an attack on German positions near Mametz Wood which was only partially successful and cost the Battalion heavily. 3 Officers and 40 Other Ranks were killed and 7 Officers and 219 Other Ranks were wounded. In addition 74 Other Ranks were posted missing. He had been wounded three times previously. Before the War he had been employed as a miner at Scremerston.

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