Private William Black

Private William Black, 2nd Battalion ,Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action in France on 23rd July 1916 during the Battle of the Somme, aged 22. He was the son of Mrs and the late Adam Black of 41 Rae Street, Dumfries and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Thiepval, Somme, France. He fell near the infamous High Wood in the attack on ” Wood Lane “. This assault in support of the Royal West Kent Regiment failed and cost the Battalion 8 Officers and 234 Other Ranks killed and wounded. The artist’s illustration depicts the type of grim fighting that took place in and around the Somme woods that Summer. It took about two months to capture the infamous High Wood with heavy casualties on both sides.

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