Private Thomas Cranston

Private Thomas Cranston, 2nd Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in Belgium, aged 38, on the 16th August 1917 during the third Battle of Ypres. He had been born in Smailholm, Roxburghshire and was the son of the late John and Mary Cranston formerly of Victoria Street, Galashiels. and husband of the late Mary Cranston. 16 Bank Close, Galashiels who died in 1912 during the birth of their son Robert. He had been na Regular soldier with the K.O.S.B. and had served in the Second Anglo Boer War in South Africa. After his discharge he had worked in the coal depot of Gala station. On the outbreak of War he had enlisted in the 4th K.O.S.B. Reserve and was then posted to the 2nd Battalion. He is buried in Artillery Wood Cemetery, Belgium.

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