Private George Johnston

Private George Johnston, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. ( No entry under C.W.G.C. site but there is the following ) Lance Corporal George William Johnston, 15th ( Service ) Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. He was killed in action in France during the Battle of the Somme on 16th September 1916 and is buried in the A.I.F. Burial Ground, Flers, Somme, France. He was born in Eyemouth, lived in Monk Wearmouth and enlisted in Sunderland. ( It may be that he enlisted in the K.O.S.B. before transferring to the D.L.I.). The autumn rains turned the ground into a glutinous quagmire which made all movement very difficult as can be seen from the photographs. The colour image shows part of a peaceful Somme landscape as it is today with ” no gas, no barbed wire, no guns firing now”.

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