Private James Elliot

Private James Elliot, 1st/4th (Border) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action in France, aged 23, on the 1st September 1918 during the “Advance to Victory”. He had been born in Coldstream, Berwickshire and was the son of Janet Elliot of Park Street, Galashiels. He had formerly been in the Royal Medical Corps but had transferred to the K.O.S.B. at some point. He fell in an attack on the Hindenburg Line near Queant where heavy machine gun fire stalled the advance. There were around 150 casualties with 2 Officers and 23 Other Ranks killed. The following day and with the aid of the Royal Scots Fusiliers the village was cleared and the advance continued. He is buried in H.A.C. Cemetery, Ecoust -St. Mein, France. The photos show allied troops advancing after the retreating German army in the final 100 days of the War.

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