Private James Fawcus

Private James Fawcus, 1st/4th ( Territorial ) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. He was killed in action in Belgium on 26th October 1917 during the Battle of Third Ypres and is buried in Poelcapelle British Cemetery, Nr., Ypres, Flanders, Belgium. He had enlisted in Berwick and he fell in the fierce fighting in and around ” Aden Point ” where the Battalion took some of their objectives but were unable to hold them in the face of heavy artillery and enfilading machine gun fire. As usual casualties were heavy with 10 Officers and 96 Other Ranks being killed and 150 wounded. The photographs show the dreadful state of the battlefield where the drainage system had been shattered by the incessant shelling.

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