Private Matthew Wight

Private Matthew Brown Wight, 6th Depot Coy. Machine Gun Corps. He died in France of pneumonia on 4th November 1917, aged 26. He was the son of Margaret and the late James Wight of Low Angerton, Morpeth and is buried in Eataples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. His Headstone is inscribed ” He Giveth His Beloved Sleep “. He was a native of Duddo, Cornhill-on-Tweed and lived at Branxton Moor. Before enlisting at Wooler he had been employed in agriculture on the family farm. He had originally enlisted in the Durham Light Infantry before being transferred into the M.G.C. The M.G.C. used the Vickers Water Cooled Machine Gun. There is a stained glass window in Branxton Church dedicated to the Machine Gun Corps. The photo shows gunners in action.


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