Private James Winter

Private James Winter, “D” Coy. 13th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. He was killed in action in France on 4th July 1916 during the Battle of the Somme, aged 20. He was the son of James and Harriet Winter of Pressen Hill, Kelso and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Thiepval, France.  Before the war he had been employed by the Earl of Home as a forestry worker on the Hirsel Estate, Coldstream. Berwickshire before enlisting in Wooler, Northumberland. The photograph shows a typical Somme landscape with its chalky soil and the trench seems to have been well pulverised before its capture.

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