Private William Broomfield Whitelaw

Private William Broomfield Whitelaw, 16th Battalion, Australian Infantry. He died in France on 8th September 1916, aged 44, during the Battle of the Somme and is buried in Caudry Old Communal Cemetery, Nord, France. (At that time Caudry was in German hands so it may have been he died whilst wounded and as a Prisoner of War ). He had emigrated to Australia where he worked as a miner He was the son of George and Mary Broomfield Whitelaw, Yetholm, Roxburghshire and the uncle of Alex Whitelaw also remembered on the Yetholm Memorial who had been killed near Ypres some 6 months earlier. The photograph shows a typical Somme landscape with its chalky soil. The trench seems to have been pulverised before its capture.

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