Sapper Leopold Dilger

Sapper Leopold Ignatius Dilger, 106th Field Company, Royal Engineers. He was killed in action in France, aged, 28 on the 29th July 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. He had been born in Galashiels and was the son of Amalia and the late Dionisius Dilger of Johnstone’s Close, Galashiels and the husband of 29 Stirling Street, Galashiels. His parents had been born in Germany but had married in Glasgow in 1876 and his father had had a watchmaker’s business in Galashiels for about 40 years.( His 4 sons all served in the Army ). He had enlisted in May 1915 and joined his Company in France in December 1915. He is buried in Sucrerie Military Cemetery, Colincamps, Somme, France where his Headstone is inscribed ” Father In Thy Gracious Keeping Leave We Now Our Loved One Sleeping “. The photos show troops on the Somme.

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