Private James Thomson

First World War

Private James Thomson, 6th Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action in France on 25th September 1915 on the first day of the Battle of Loos and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Dud Corner, Loos, France. He had been born in Galashiels and lived in Earlston. The Battalion's objective was the village of Haisnes but could not pass the German strong point of " Little Willie " part of the very heavily fortified Hoenzollern Redoubt and despite much heroic endeavour the attack failed with heavy losses. Killed and missing amounted to 358 with 272 wounded or gassed. Of the twenty Officers 11 were killed and 8 wounded. Pipe Major Robert Mackenzie a man of over 60 years of age piped the men over the parapet until wounded in both legs. He later died of these wounds and it is said he most assuredly deserved a Victoria Cross.