Lance Corporal Cecil Turnbull

Lance Corporal Cecil A. Turnbull, 7th/8th ( Service )Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action in France on 9th April 1917, aged 20, on the first day of the Battle of Arras. He had been born in Edinburgh and was the son of William and Jessie Turnbull of Harestanes, Ancrum and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Arras, France. He had served his apprenticeship with Hilson & Murray, Solicitors in Jedburgh before becoming a clerk to Mr. Hilson, the Procurator-Fiscal for Roxburghshire. He enlisted in February and was posted to the 2nd K.O.S.B. in France before being posted to the 7th/8th Battalion. He fell in the successful advance over the Feuchy Redoubt towards the Village of Monchy. 5 Officers and 120 Other Ranks were casualties with 1 Officer and 30 Other Ranks being killed. The illustration is an artist’s impression of the fierce fighting that took place in the Monchy area. The photograph shows British troops with a “little friend ” in the main street of a captured village near Arras. The final photo shows a German artillery piece captured by the Battalion. After the War the gun was presented to Hawick and was positioned in front of Hawick museum.

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