Private John Paxton

Private John Purves Paxton, Machine Gun Corps ( Infantry ). He died on 26th November 1916 of wounds received during the Battle of the Somme, aged 28. He was the son of William and Jane Purves of Old Linhead, Cockburnspath and is buried in Aveluy Communal Cemetery Extension. His Headstone is inscribed ” Blessed Are The Dead “. He was the son of William Paxton a shepherd at Linhead Farm and had himself been employed as a farm worker before enlisting. One of his brothers had already been killed in the Royal Scots and another would fall in March 1917. The M.G.C. had been set up in October 1915 and used the Vickers Mk I water cooled gun in both offensive and defensive roles.

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