Lieutenant George Clapperton

Lieutenant George Clapperton, 58th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. He was killed in action in Belgium, aged 26, on the 13th June 1916 during the Battle of Mount Sorrel. He had been born in Galashiels and was the son of George and Joanna Clapperton of 5 Bellevue Street, Edinburgh. He had emigrated to Canada and was employed as a Civil Engineer in Ottawa when he enlisted in July 1915. He was commissioned and landed in France with his Battalion in February 1916. The Battle was fought between 2nd and 13th June 1916 when German forces captured the heights of Mount Sorrel in the Ypres Salient. Following attacks and counter attacks the Canadian Corps recaptured the majority of their former positions suffering over 8,000 casualties in the process. He is buried in Railway Dugouts Burial Ground ( Transport Farm), Flanders, Belgium. The photo was taken during the Battle.

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