Private James Fairbairn

Private James Fairbairn, 2nd Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers. He died of wounds on 15th October 1916  received in action during the Battle of the Somme and is buried in Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L’Abbe, Somme, France. He had been born in Lowick and had enlisted in Berwick-upon-Tweed. 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 ground into a glutinous quagmire which made movement very difficult.

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