Private William Straughan

Private William Straughan, 1st/5th ( Territorial ) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. He was killed during the Third Battle of Ypres on 26th October 1917, aged 23. He was the son of Mary Ann and the late Thomas Straughan of Campfield, Cornhill-on-Tweed and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium.  The photographs show the dreadful state of the Flanders battlefield where the incessant shelling had destroyed the drainage systems. ( Over 4 million shells had been fired at the German lines before the opening day of the Battle on 31st July ).

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