Private Thomas Nesbit

Private Thomas Nesbit,  2nd Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. He was killed in action at Salonika on 10th September 1916 during the Salonika campaign and is buried in Struma Military Cemetery , Greece. His Headstone is inscribed ” Thy Will Be Done”. He was the son of John and Margaret Nesbitt of West Newton, Kirknewton and had been born in Ford, Northumberland.( His brother John also fell – see above ) He fell in an attack on the Bulgarian positions in the village of Nevolyen on the River Struma which was intended to pin the enemy in position to cover a larger offensive elsewhere on the Front. The river was crossed and the village was captured but a heavy counter attack forced the much depleted Battalion to retire from the village and back across the Struma. The Battalion had started with 360 effectives and of these 5 Officers were killed, 2 wounded and a further 3 wounded and taken prisoner. Other Rank casualties were 119 in killed wounded and missing.

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