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Graham, E., Pte., 1916
In Abbeville Communal Cemetery, Somme, France, is the Commonwealth War Grave of 16/748 Private Edward Graham, serving with the 16th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, who died 04/07/1916.

Morpeth Herald 21/07/1916 carries an obituary:

Information has been received at Blyth that Private E. Graham, of the Commercial Battalion, N.F., has died of wounds received in action in France. Though Graham did not belong to the district he was very well known, and prior to enlistment was employed by the New Delaval and Newsham Co-operative Society in the grocery and provision department, and enlisted soon after war was declared. He was a tall young fellow and a capable pedestrian, taking a keen interest in the cross-country sport, and was a member of the Blyth Harriers. In the competition for the “Empire Cup”, given by Messrs Shepherd and Tacey of the Empire Theatre, he won two years in succession – 1913-14 – and immediately after the latter event he went to the Colours.

Rev. David Youngson has provided the following:

16/748 Private Edward GRAHAM
Northumberland Fusiliers 16th Battalion
He was the son of William and Rachel Graham of Clara Vale, Ryton on Tyne. He was born at Shildon, County Durham. A Grocer’s Traveller residing at Newbiggin, he was Initiated into Wallsend Lodge No 2703, on the 16th December 1909; Passed 20th January 1910 and Raised into Heaton Lodge No 2723, Newcastle upon Tyne on 30th December 1910. He resigned on the 17th September 1914 and was a Joining Member of Blagdon Lodge, No 659, Blyth on the 21st October 1914. He enlisted at Newcastle and died of wounds on the 4th July 1916 during the Battle of the Somme aged 29. He is buried in Abbeville Communal Cemetery, Somme, France, Grave Reference IV.C.6.

Edward Graham is remembered at Blyth on B42.24 and in Battalion History

The CWGC entry for Private Graham

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