Private George Geddes

Private George Watson Geddes, 1st Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action in France on 11th April 1918 during the German Spring Offensive on the River Lys aged 23. He was the son of George and Catherine Geddes of Ramscleugh Cottage, Castle Dykes, Cockburnspath and is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Flanders, Belgium. At that time the Battalion were at Doulieu on the Lys River and faced an attack by overwhelming German forces who broke through on the flanks and forced a general retreat to avoid being cut off. Casualties were very heavy and at nightfall the Borderers were reduced to about 150 Officers and men. His brother William who had been with the Tyneside Scottish had been killed in action on 11th September 1917.

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