Private John Gibson

Private John Henry Gibson, 8th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. He was killed in action in France on 25th September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. The photograph shows a recently captured trench on the Somme with the chalk soil of the Region very evident. The autumn rains soon turned the churned up battlefields into a glutinous quagmire making movement very difficult for men and guns.

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