Private George Crawford

Private George Crawford, 2nd Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. He was killed in action on 20th July  during the Battle of the Somme in the attack on High Wood from Bazentin le Petit. ( The Battalion commander Lieutenant Colonel Gordon also fell in this action ) He is buried in Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Somme, France. Casualties for this period of intensive combat were given for the period 14th July -21st July and were 2 Officers and 27 Other Ranks killed with 9 Officers and 174 Other Ranks wounded. In addition 50 Other Ranks were posted missing. (“Missing” usually meant dead ). The artist’s illustration depicts the type of grim fighting that took place in and around the Somme woods such as the infamous High Wood which took nearly two months to capture.

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