Private John Bookless

Private John Bookless , “B” Company, 9th ( Service ) Battalion, Cameronians ( Scottish Rifles ). He died in France on 1st November 1918 during the ” Advance to Victory ” aged 24. He had been born in Swinton and was the son of John and Mary Bookless of Swinton. He was the husband of Margaret Bookless and had a daughter Mary and he is buried in Terlincthin British Cemetery, Wimille, Pas De Calais, France. 9th Cameronians were part of 9th ( Scottish ) Division. He had been wounded in action and taken to the 53rd General Hospital where he contracted Meningitis which proved fatal. He had already been wounded twice and before enlisting he had been employed with his father as a rabbit catcher. His brother William Bookless had been killed on the 12th July 1915 at Gallipoli. He had originally enlisted in the 2nd/4th K.O.S.B. but had been posted to the Cameronians in France. The photographs show Allied troops advancing against the retreating German Army.

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