Lieutenant Thomas Robson-Scott

Lieutenant Thomas Selby Robson-Scott, 2nd Battalion, Royal Scots. He was killed in action in Belgium, aged 20, on the 14th December 1914. He had been born in Bedrule and was the son of John and Margaret Robson-Scott of Newton, Jedburgh. He is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium. He had been educated at Rugby School before attending the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He was commissioned into the Royal Scots in February 1914 and went to France in August 1914. He had commanded the Battalion machine gun section and had fought at Mons, the Marne, the Aisne and Ypres. He is mentioned several times in the Regimental History and is referred to as the” intrepid young commander” of “C” Company. On 14th December the Battalion was tasked with an attack on the German positions at Petit Bois. The artillery barrage was weak and a thick hedge impeded the assault. The immediate objectives were captured at bayonet point but “C” Company’s attempts to progress further proved disastrous. Lieutenant Robson-Scott, leading his men, was hit three times but struggled on until he fell mortally wounded just outside a German trench. Due to the volume of fire It proved impossible to recover his body. 3 Officers were killed and 4 wounded with over 100 Other Ranks killed or wounded. ( Private H .H. Robson won the Victoria Cross for crawling through the mud under heavy fire to rescue a wounded N.C.O. He was wounded in a second sally into no mans land but was rescued later in the day and survived his wounds ). The photos show Scottish troops near Ypres in late 1914.

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