Corporal James Budd

Corporal James Budd, 1st Battalion, Cameronians. He was killed in action in France, aged 31, on the 20th July 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. He had been born in Sunderland and was the son of James and Hannah Budd of Sunderland and the husband of Mary Ann Budd of Old Bongate and Maitland House, Jedburgh. He had been working in Hamilton as a railway brakesman when he enlisted. He fell in an attack on the infamous High Wood which cost the Battalion very heavy casualties. 5 Officers and 52 Other Ranks were killed and 4 Officers and 160 Other Ranks were wounded. In addition 1 Officer and 157 Other Ranks were posted missing. The photos show Scottish troops on the Somme and the colour image shows a peaceful Somme landscape today with “no gas, no barbed wire, no guns firing now”

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