Private Francis Berry

Private Francis Berry, 2nd Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action in France on 25th September 1916, aged 20, during the Battle of the Somme. He was the son of Francis and Catherine Berry of Minto and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Thiepval, Somme, France. He fell in the very successful attack on the German positions in Morval where nearly 700 prisoners were taken along with 5 Machine Guns. As ever casualties were not light and 3 Officers were killed with 2 Officers wounded. Other Rank casualties were 165 of which 40 were killed. He had been born in Towie, Aberdeenshire and had enlisted in Hawick. The photograph shows a recently captured trench on the Somme with its typically chalky soil.

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