Private J Speedy

Private J.W.Speedy, 6th ( Perthshire) Battalion, Black Watch. He was killed in action in France on 19th May 1917 during the Battle of Arras aged 17. He was the son of James and Anne Elizabeth Speedy of Mersington Mill, Greenlaw and is buried in St Nicholas British Cemetery, Arras, France. The Battalion had been holding trenches prior to the assault on “Greenland Hill” on 21st May and had been subjected to harrassing artillery fire and indeed he was killed by a shell fragment whilst bicycling up to the line.

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