Sergeant James Stoddart

Sergeant James Hector Stoddart, 6th Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in France, aged 25, on the 1st July 1944 during the Normandy Campaign. He had been born in Caddonfoot and was the son of John and Jane Stoddart, Blackhaugh, Clovenfords, Caddonfoot. He is buried in St Manvieu War Cemetery, Cheux, Calvados, Normandy, France where his Headstone is inscribed ” We Miss Him Most Who Loved Him best, Father And Sisters”. On 1st July the Germans attacked the K.O.S.B positions on the River Odon with tanks and infantry. With the help of artillery from the 178th Field Battery’s 25 Pounders the attacks were repulsed with the Battalion suffering 140 casualties in killed and wounded. The Germans lost many tanks and infantry casualties were high. The photos show Borderers in Normandy.

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