Captain Charles Cunningham

Captain Charles Clement Francis Cunningham, 2nd Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders .He  died  in the 13th Field Ambulance at Dernacourt in France on 19th August 1916, aged 33, from wounds received in action at the notorious High Wood during the Battle of the Somme. He had been born in Morebattle and was the son of Margaret and the late Charles John Cunningham, J.P., D.L. of Muirhouselaw, St Boswells and is buried in Dernacourt Communal Cemetery, Somme, France. (His brother Kenneth also fell ( see above for details ).  His Headstone is rather strangely inscribed  ” Over Fork Ever “. Perhaps the “K” has been inserted erroneously. He had been employed as a agent for the Jardine Matheson Company of Hong Kong and returned from the U.S.A. in June 1915. He was then commissioned in September 1915 going to France in July 1916. The photos show Scottish troops on the Somme and the colour image depicts a peaceful Somme landscape today with “no gas, no barbed wire and no guns firing now”.

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