Private Richard Pieroni

Private Richard Pieroni, 58th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps. He was killed in action, aged 21, In France on the 18th September 1918 during the ” Advance to Victory”. He had been born in Carlisle in 1896 and was the son of Pietro and Louisa Pieroni of Hume’s Close, Selkirk and 10 Horse Market, Kelso. ( His father had been born in Barga, Italy ). He had been employed as a cellarman in Peebles before enlisting in the 4th Kings Own Scottish Borderers in October 1914. Due to illness he was discharged in November 1915 but later re-enlisted in the Royal Scots but was posted to the M.G.C. in France. He is buried in Epehy Wood Farm Cemetery, France. The M.G.C used the Vickers Mark 11 water cooled gun in both offensive and defensive roles. The photos show Allied troops during the final 100 days of the War. ( Headstone photo courtesy of Giles Guthrie).

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