Private Thomas Mather

Private Thomas Mather, 16th ( Boys Brigade ) Battalion Highland, Light Infantry. He was killed in action  in France during the attack and capture of Beaumont Hamel by the 51st ( Highland ) Division on the Somme on 18th November 1916 ,aged 33. He was the son of James and Isabella Mather of Greenlaw and is buried in Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, Somme, France. (At this time members of the Battalion took part in the famous defence of “Frankfurt Trench” against overwhelming odds until reduced  to about 40 effectives , mostly wounded, and were forced to surrender ) . That day was the last day of the Battle of the Somme which had been raging for the previous 141 days and Beaumont Hamel had been an objective on 1st July. The photograph shows Beaumont Hamel after is capture by the Highlanders.

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