Lance Corporal John Palfrey

Lance corporal John Ellis Palfrey, Lothian and Border Horse. He died from wounds in Hospital, aged 28, on the 17th October 1916 and is buried in Selkirk Cemetery. He had been born in 1888 in Tillicoultry and was the son of Charles and Elizabeth Palfrey of Broomfield, Selkirk. Before enlisting in September 1914 he was a designer and traveller for Gardiner & Sons, Tweed Manufacturers of Selkirk. He was a playing member of Selkirk Rugby Club. He landed with “B” Squadron in France in the 28th September 1915. In July 1916 he was with a party of men in an observation post at Kemmel when it was hit by a shell killing or wounding the whole group. He was evacuated to Frensham Military Hospital at Farnham, Surrey where he died from his wounds.

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