Second Lieutenant William Cunningham

Second Lieutenant William Cunningham 4th ( Reserve ) Battalion, attd. 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers. He was killed in action in Belgium on the 1st October 1918 during the ” Advance to Victory” aged 27. He had been born in Selkirk in 1891 and was the son of Alexandrina and the late James Cunningham of “Lauriston Cottage”, Ettrickhaugh Road, Selkirk and he is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Flanders, Belgium. He enlisted in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in 1914 and was wounded in the capture of Beaumont Hamel in November 1916. He was a Sergeant when he was commissioned as a second Lieutenant from an Officer Cadet Unit in December 1917. The photographs show Allied troops advancing against the retreating Germans during the last 100 days of the War.

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