Private Henry Wyllie

Private Henry Wyllie, 1st/7th ( Territorial ) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. He had enlisted in Alnwick and was killed in action in France on 27th March 1918 during the German Spring Offensive ( Operation Michael ) and is buried in Heath Cemetery, Harbonniers, Somme, France. The photos show troops in defensive positions. The colour photograph shows the impressive Memorial raised to commemorate the 50th ( Northumbrian ) Division of which the Battalion was part until February 1918 when it was transferred to the 42nd ( East Lancashire ) Division as a Pioneer Battalion. It was erected near the village of Wieltje where nearby the Division had fought its first action of the War on 26th April 1915 during the Battle of St. Julien only days after landing on the Continent. The other photos show Allied troops preparing to resist the advancing Germans.

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