Sergeant John Strother

Sergeant John Strother, 21st Battalion ( 2nd Tyneside Scottish ) Northumberland Fusiliers. He was killed in action in France on the first day of the Battle of Arras on 9th April 1917, aged 22. He was the son of James and Fanny Strother of Tweed Row, Horncliffe and is buried in Bailleul East Cemetery, St Laurent-Blagny, Arras France.  The Battalion captured all their objectives namely the German Black, Blue and Brown Lines with relatively few casualties. Before enlisting he had worked as a fisherman at Scotch New Water at the Union Bridge, Horncliffe before joining the Police Force. He had enlisted in July 1915 and at the time of death he was acting Company Sergeant Major. The photographs show troops accompanied by a tank in a captured village near Arras.

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