Private John Grieve

Private John Skeldon Grieve, 12th ( Service ) Battalion, Royal Scots. He was killed by a sniper on 8th July 1916 during the Battle of the Somme and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Thiepval, Somme, France. He had been born in Oldhamstocks and was the son of James and the late Agnes Grieve of Dunglass, Oldhamstocks and before the War he worked as a gardener on the Dunglass Estate. On this day the Battalion were covering the left flank of the 30th Division who were attacking Trones Wood. The photos show Scottish troops during the Battle which lasted from the 1st July till the 18th November. The colour photo shows a peaceful Somme landscape as it is today with ” no gas no barbed wire no guns firing now”.

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