MATTHEW BLACK: Al­most made it to the end

Mansfield Courier - - NEWS -

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.

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