Private Joseph Boston

Private Joseph Henry Boston, 9th( Highland) Battalion, Royal Scots ( The Dandy Ninth ). He was killed in action in France on 31st March 1918, aged 21, during the German Spring Offensive ( Operation Michael ) and is commemorated on the Pozieres Memoriel, Pozieres, France. He was the son of Peter and Mary Boston of 1 Hawarden Terrace, Spittal. Before enlisting he had been educated at Berwick Grammer School before being employed by Messrs McCreath & Sons, Grain Merchants in Berwick. He had already been wounded in December 1916 and on being evacuated to England had survived the torpedoing of the Hospital Ship ” Donegal ” in the English Channel upon his returning to the Front in April 1917. 29 soldiers and 12 crew were lost in the sinking.

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