Private William Dumble

Private William Dumble, 1st/7th ( Territorial ) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. He was killed in action  in France on 15th September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. He fell in the confused fighting in and around the German positions at ” Quadrilateral Trench ” where attack followed counterattack. The Battalion lost 147 Officers and Other Ranks killed and a further 6 Officers and 219 Other Ranks wounded. He had been born in Tweedmouth and had enlisted in Berwick. The photograph shoes a typical Somme landscape with its chalky soil. The captured trench seems to have been well pulverised by artillery. The second photo shows the impressive Memorial raised to the 50th ( Northumbrian ) Division of which the Battalion was part until February 1918. It was erected near the village of Weiltje in the Ypres Salient where nearby the Division had fought its first action of the War on 26th April 1915 after only days after landing on the Continent.

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