Lance Corporal Thomas Nesbitt

Lance Corporal Thomas Nesbitt, 2nd  Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. He was killed in action on 10th September 1916 during the Salonica Campaign, aged 25. He was the son of John and Margaret Nesbit of New Etal, Cornhill-on-Tweed and is buried in Struma Military Cemetery, Greece. His brother John also fell and is listed above. Before enlisting he had worked on the farm at Weetwood Hill for Mr Jeffrey. He enlisted in December 1914 and had seen action at The Battle of Loos in September 1915. The 2nd Battalion had been transferred to Salonika in October 1915 and remained there until June 1918 when it was transferred back to France. He fell in the attack across the River Struma in order to take the Bulgarian positions in the village of Nevolyen. Resistance was stronger than anticipated the the troops were forced to re-cross the Struma with heavy casualties. 5 Officers were killed, 2 wounded and 3 made Prisoners of War.  119  Other Ranks were killed wounded or missing. These casualties represented about 50% of the attacking force.( The Berwickshire Advertiser has his rank as Corporal). His Headstone is inscribed ” Thy Will Be Done”

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