John Thomson Eslick (1897-1916)
Private John Thomson Eslick was born in 1897 in Bridgeton, Glasgow, the son of John Eslick and his wife Sarah Thomson. He was with his parents in the 1901 census. John joined the 6th/7th Battalion of the Royal Scots Fusiliers in 1915, service number 20591. His occupation was listed as turner.
As Allied troops across all forces prepared for the Somme offensive, John lost his life in a tragic accident. The accident report reads:
On 4th June 1916 No 20591 Pte Eslick J. was accidentally wounded by 11379 Pte McGraw H. who was sitting on the firestep along with 19219 Pte Hughes A. and 14953 Pte Cunningham R. Pte McGraw opened the bolt and shut it again raised his rifle to draw the trigger. He was not aware that a bullet was in the barrel. He had not raised the rifle high enough and the bullet wounded Pte Eslick in the left shoulder.
John died from the wound two days later. He was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal and is buried at Lillers Communal Cemetery in the Pas-de-Calais region of France.
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