Corporal William Watson

.Corporal William Alexander Watson, “D” Coy. 7th Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action in France on 25th September 1915 on the first day of the Battle of Loos aged 21. He was the son of George and Elizabeth Watson of Windsor Cottage, Chirnside and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Dud Corner, Loos, France. 7th K.O.S.B. was part of the 15th ( Scottish ) Division and it was with this Battalion that Piper Daniel Laidlaw won the V.C. piping  the Battalion onto their attack on the Lens Road Redoubt. Casualties were very heavy with 611 killed wounded and missing out of 950 Other Ranks. 20 Officers became casualties. He had served his apprenticeship in the counting office of Messrs. Y. Trotter and Co. at Chirnside Mill but when war was declared he was working with the famous wool makers Messrs. Patons of Alloa. He was educated at the Berwickshire High School, Duns and is also commemorated on the Memorial Tablet placed in the new Berwickshire High School, Duns. The photograph shows part of the Loos battlefield looking towards the German front line. The artist’s impression shows Piper Laidlaw with his gas hood pulled up marching along the parapet and playing ” All the Blue Bonnets” to rally the men after the British gas had blown back into the trenches.,

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