Private John Jeffrey

Private John Jeffrey, 8th ( Service ) Battalion, Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.  He was killed in action during the Battle of the Somme on 1st October 1916 aged 20. He was the son of William Jeffrey of Haddon, Kelso and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Thiepval, France. The photograph shows a recently captured trench on the Somme with the chalk soil of the Region very evident. The autumn rains soon turned the churned up battlefields into a glutinous quagmire in which men and guns could only move with difficulty as can be seen from the photographs.

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