Captain William Lockie, M.C.

Captain William James Lockie, M.C., 12th/13th ( Service ) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers att. 2nd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. He was killed in action in France, aged, 26, on 22nd March 1918 on the second day of the German Spring Offensive ( Operation Michael ). He was the son of George and Mary of Dingleton, Melrose and is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, Pozieres, Somme, France. He had been employed as a commercial traveller in Northumberland before enlisting in the 13th Battalion, N.F. in August 1914. He was commissioned into the 13th Battalion, N.F. in March 1915 and won his Military Cross on the Somme in July 1916. The citation read ” For conspicuous gallantry and determination. When the enemy made a strong counter attack he kept his men well in hand during the hard fighting which ensured that, although wounded, kept command until the ground was consolidated”. The photographs show British troops awaiting further German advances.

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