MATTHEW BLACK: Almost made it to the end
MATTHEW Black was born in Maindample in 1897. Raised on the family farm at Nillahcootie, he was working as a labourer when he enlisted in June 1916.
He found himself in France in December 1916, in a brutal winter with the ground frozen rock hard and heavy snowfalls.
His battalion became involved in the harassment of German troops which were withdrawing behind what became known as the Hindenberg Line.
hospital in England and it was not until January 1918 that he re-joined the battalion for another bitter winter.
In February, in response to a German breakthrough near Villers Bretonneux, Black’s 57th Battalion became involved in turning the enemy back.
He received a commendation for his ‘bravery and devotion to duty at Villers Bretonneux on April 24/25 1918’.
On August 8, in the Battle of Amiens, Black was seriously wounded and died from his wounds shortly after.
He is buried at Vignacourt British Cemetery.