Lce-Corpl Sergeant - 2nd Royal Scots - Crawcrook

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    CRAWCROOK TOMMY'S LUCK. Rubs Shoulders with Death and is Down with - Frostbite! Lnce-Cpl. Sergeant 2nd Royal Scots, of 1, Broomfield Terrace, Crawcrook, who went to the Front early in September, has just been invalided home with frost-bitten feet, after a month in hospital in Boulogne. At Vailey, they marched to Bethune, about 200 miles, and were then transported other 32 kilometres further, where an old Frenchwoman informed them the "Allemandes" were in the woods near by. Six Scouts were sent out to reconnitre. Only three returned; they were in touch with the German Army, and not a patrol. The British attacked the enemy, Sergeant's company taking cover in a trench by the edge of the wood, where they fought for four days without food, although they had rations in their haversacks. They eventually evacuated this position. The last man evidently touched a tree, and the enemy, observing the movement of the branches, turned the machine guns on them. One man next to Sergeant was shot through the heart. They had a big "scrap" on Dec. 14, when they lost 117 men killed, and the Hon. Captain Bruce was shot. Sergeant was at the battle of the Aisne, La Bassee, Armentieres, and finally, between Ypres and Dixmude. He was 3 years with the Colours and 10 years on the reserve. This photograph was published in the Illustrated Chronicle on the 15th of February 1915. During the Great War the Illustrated Chronicle published photographs of soldiers and sailors from Newcastle and the North East of England, which had been in the news. The photographs were sent in by relatives and give us a glimpse into the past. The physical collection held by Newcastle Libraries comprises bound volumes of the newspaper from 1910 to 1925. We are keen to find out more about the people in the photographs. If you recognise anyone in the images please comment below. Copies of this photograph may be ordered from us, for more information see:" > Please make a note of the image reference number above to help speed up your order.
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    IllustratedChronicles (Flickr)
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    What does this mean? Public Domain Mark
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    Resource type: Image
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