Private John Jeffrey

Private John Jeffrey, 8th ( Service ) Battalion, Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. He was killed in action in France on 1st October 1916 during the Battle of the Somme aged 20. He was the son of William Jeffrey of Haddon, Kelso. and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. 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 shell battered ground into a glutinous quagmire making the movement of men and guns very difficult as can be seen from the photographs.

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