Private Joseph Learmonth

Private Joseph Learmonth, 2nd Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders. He was killed in action on 25th April 1915 during the Battle of St. Julien ( part of the greater Battle of Second Ypres ) and is buried in Seaforth Cemetery, Cheddar Villa, Belgium. The cemetery was originally named Cheddar Villa but in 1922 the C.O. of 2nd Battalion, Seaforths managed to get the name changed to Seaforth Cemetery as over 100 Seaforths who fell in that action are buried there.  The second photo shows Scottish troops trying on their rudimentary gas masks. ( The Germans had used poison gas for the first time on the Western Front on the 22nd April ).

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