Rifleman T. Laidlaw

Rifleman T. Laidlaw, 8th ( Territorial ) Battalion, London Regiment ( Post Office Rifles ). He was killed in action in Belgium on 20th September 1917, aged 35, during the Battle of Third Ypres and is buried in Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, Flanders, Belgium. He was the son of the late William and Isabella of Island Street, Galashiels and the husband of Mrs Marion Laidlaw of Woolmarket, Berwick.  Before enlisting he had been a postman serving mainly the Foulden area and whilst being a native of Galashiels he had been in Berwick for five years before the War. The photographs show the desolate nature of the Flanders battlefield after the incessant shelling had destroyed the drainage systems.

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