Private James Graham

Private James Jackson Graham, 11th ( Service ) Battalion, Royal Scots. ( Possibly ) He was killed in action in France, aged 25, on the 14th July 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. He had been born in Ashkirk and was the son of Elizabeth Jackson and the adopted son of his uncle and aunt James and Barbara Graham of Sewlkirk and Lewinshope, Yarrow. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. As part of the 9th ( Scottish ) Division he fell in the attack on the German positions in Montauban. It was very heavily defended and the day saw only part of the village secured. The photos show Scottish troops on the Somme and the colour image depicts a peaceful Somme landscape today.

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