Corporal James Oag

Corporal James Oag, 2nd Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action in Belgium on 4th October 1917, aged 29, during the Battle of Third Ypres. He was the son of James and Margaret Oag of 14 Livingstone Place, Edinburgh and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Flanders, Belgium. He fell in the attack on Polderhoek Chateau. The attack in dreadful conditions was only partially successful and the Battalion had to fight off several German counter attacks. Casualties as ever in this type of fighting were high and the Battalion lost 11 Officers and 438 Other Ranks in killed and wounded. It was here that Captain Machin from Coldstream won his M.C. for his daring reconnaissances and rallying his men at the flanks of the attack during the counter attacks.

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