Private Andrew McCall

Private Andrew McCall, 1st Battalion, Scots Guards. He was killed in action in Belgium on 11th November 1914, aged 29 during the First Battle of Ypres. He was the brother of Mr C. McCall of Knowe Head, Tweedmouth and is commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium. He fell in the very severe fighting near Gheluvelt where the Battalion was practically destroyed in attempting to stem the German advance. Losses were very severe. 9 Officers and 105 Other Ranks were killed with 7 Officers and 151 Other Ranks wounded. In addition 5 Officers and 430 Other Ranks were posted missing , some of whom would have been prisoners .Thus 702 men were casualties from a total of 772 All Ranks. The Battalion was part of the 1st Guards Brigade along with 1st Coldstream Guards, 1st Cameron Highlanders and 1st Black Watch. The photograph and artist’s illustrations show secenes from the fighting.

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