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William Graham Duff
Private, Black Watch

 William Graham Duff, born in 1898, joined the 6th Battalion, The Black Watch under age, and was killed on the Somme on 17th July 1916 by a German sniper.

Attempting to identify the position of the sniper to his comrades, he showed himself briefly, a generally accepted thing to do, but unfortunately was shot through the chest. His parents received notification a short time later, together with his belongings including his battledress with the bullet hole in it. They later received the "Dead Man's Penny'', a plaque given to the next of kin of those who gave their lives in the First World War.

William is buried at Nomanscott in Belgium. His parents were Samuel Duff, hatter, and Annie Cameron, whose parents owned a fish and chip shop in King Street, Crieff and at one time had a house in East High Street next to Baird's Building, where travellers could pass the night in some discomfort, hanging on to a rope stretched across the room, for the price of one old penny.


 
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