Private Alexander Brown, 1st Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He died in France during the Battle of the Somme on 20th November 1916, aged 25. He was the son of James and Margaret Brown and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial , Thiepval, France. At that time the Battalion was encamped at Carnoy, Somme and were not in action so Private Brown may have died of wounds. The photograph shows a recently captured trench on the Somme with the chalk soil of the Region very evident. The autumn rains, however, turned the ground into a glutinous quagmire making the movement of men and guns very difficult.