Private William Johnston

Private William Johnston, 15th Battalion, ( Glasgow Tramways ), Highland Light Infantry. He was killed in action in France on 3rd July 1916, aged 29, on the third day of the Battle of the Somme and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Thiepval, Somme, France. He was the son of John Johnston, surfaceman, of Sandholm, Newcastleton and before enlisting he was employed by the Glasgow Tramways Co. He was survived by his widow and one child. The 15th H.L.I. was a ” Pals ” Battalion and originally was formed from employees of Glasgow Tramways. The photograph shows a recently captured trench on the Somme with the very evident chalk soil of the Region.

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