Private James Oliver

Private James Oliver, 9th Battalion, Royal Scots ( The Dandy Ninth ). He was killed in action on 25th March 1918 during the German March Offensive, aged 19. He was the son of John and Elizabeth Oliver of Chirnside and is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, Pozieres, Somme, France. At that time the Battalion was in the St. Quentin sector but due to German pressure elsewhere moved back to the village of Villevecque and then further back to Beauvois. Further retirement took place until a critical rearguard action took place near Curchy where a succession of German thrusts were smashed.. Casualties were heavy and the Battalion was reduced to two Companies.

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