Private George Whittle

Private George Thomas Whittle, 1st/6th ( Territorial ) Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. He died of wounds in the 54th Casualty Clearing Station, Aire, France on 9th May 1918 during the German Spring Offensives aged 19. He had been born in Glendale, Northumberland and was the son of Mary and the late Thomas Whittle of New Bewick, Northumberland and is buried in Aire Communal Cemetery, France. He had enlisted under the age of 18. and had been working as a gardener at Ladykirk Hall The photographs show Allied troops preparing to resist the German advances. The Battalion was part of the 154th Brigade in the 51st ( Highland ) Division and after the War an impressive Memorial was raised in its commemoration. It was erected overlooking ” Y” Ravine in Newfoundland park on the Somme where on the 13th November 1916 the Division had stormed and captured the German positions in the village of Beaumont Hamel. A Plaque on the Memorial reads in both English and Gaelic ” Friends are Good On The Day Of Battle”.

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