Private Rodger Buglass

Private Rodger Smith Buglass, 10th/11th ( Service ) Battalion, Highland Light Infantry. He was killed in action in Belgium, aged 30, on 27th August 1917 during the Third Battle of Ypres and is buried in Dochy Farm New British Cemetery, Poelcapelle, Flanders, Belgium. Dochy Farm was a German strongpoint taken by the New Zealanders on 4th October 1917 and was used as a British Cemetery after the War for casualties from isolated graves in the surrounding area. He had been born in Ayton as Rodger Fish and was the son of Mary ( Fish) Buglas and strepson of Thomas Buglass of Coldingham.  He had originally joined the Royal Scots but in France was posted to the H.L.I. He fought on the Somme in 1916 and was wounded at Arras in April 1917. When he died at Ypres he was part of the Battalion Trench Mortar team. The photos show troops with trench mortars during the early stages of the Battle which had begun on the 31st July.

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