Private James Porteous

Private James Porteous, 1st/7th ( Territorial ) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. He was killed in  Belgium on 27th March 1916, aged 20. He was the son of J. Porteous of West Weetwood, Wooler. He had enlisted in Alnwick. and is buried in Railway Dugouts, Burial Ground where his Headstone is inscribed ” Thy Will Be Done “. He was killed along with 3 of his comrades when a shell landed in their trench. The photograph shows the impressive Memorial raised to commemorate the 50th ( Northumbrian ) Division of which the Battalion was part until February 1918 when it was transferred to the 42nd ( East Lancashire ) Division as the Pioneer Battalion. It wasa erected near the village of Weiltje in the Ypres Salient where nearby at St. Julien on the 26th April 1915 the Division had fought its first action of the War only days after landing on the Continent.

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