Newbattle at War a history of the Parish at war   

 Now featuring Scots in the Great War Living History Society.    



Initials: W B J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Sapper
Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers
Unit Text: 176th Tunnelling Coy. / Gordon Highlanders
Age: 19
Date of Death: 28/12/1915
Service No: 79413
Additional information: Son of James and Jessie Thomson, of Blackcot Gardens, Dalkeith, Midlothian. Native of Newtongrange, Midlothian.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: I. F. 8.










Due to his expertise as miner with the pick and shovel, William in common with a lot of miners was transferred to the Royal Engineers and attached to 176th Tunnelling Company. Sadly he would meet his end in underground combat with his German counterparts.



Sapper Hynd, a Londoner would survive the war an immigrate to the United States.