Corporal James Spiden

Corporal James Spiden, 11th ( Service ) Battalion, Royal Scots. He was killed in action in France on 27 September 1915 during the Battle of Loos, aged 22. He had been born in Prestonkirk, East Lothian and was the son of Jane and the late George Spiden of Pathhead and Ecklaw, Cockburnspath and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Dud Corner, Loos, France.  Before enlisting in January 1915 he had been employed as a farm servant in Pathhead, Midlothian and landed with his Battalion in France in May 1915. He fell in the action which saw his Battalion and 12th Royal Scots defending the captured Hohenzollern Redoubt against a strong German counter attack. The first photograph shows the village of Loos after its capture and the second shows shells bursting on the Redoubt.

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