Private Alexander Hush

Private Alexander Hush, ” C ” Coy., 2nd Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action in Belgium on 18th April 1915, aged 29. He was the son of Mrs Ann Hush of 14 Chapel Street, Berwick and is commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium. He fell during the fighting to capture ” Hill 60 ” and the craters caused by the mines blown during the attack. Much of the crater fighting was hand to hand using anything that came to hand such as picks and sharpened shovels. This sanguinary scrap cost the Battalion 10 Officers and 201 Other Ranks of whom some 50 were killed. Hill 60 was a notorious spot in the Ypres Salient and it is estimated that 8,000 men of both sides were killed there in the continual attack and counter attack. The artist’s illustrations give some idea of the fighting there in 1915.

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