Private George Briggs

Private George Briggs, 2nd Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers. He was killed in action in France on 9th July 1916, aged 25, during the Battle of the Somme. He was the son of James and Bessie Briggs of Dovesford Cottage, Camptown, Jedburgh and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Thiepval, Somme, France. He had been employed as a gardener before enlisting in September 1914. ( His brother Jasper also fell- see above ). At that time the Battalion were in trenches near the village of Montauban which they had helped to capture on the 1st July and on the 9th they attacked the German positions at “Maltzhorn Farm” at Trones Wood. Two Machine Guns and many prisoners were taken. The artists impression depicts the grim nature of fighting that took place in and around the many Somme woods such as Trones that Summer and Autumn. The photograph shows the wood after its final capture with an observation post in a tree.

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