Private George Renton

Private George Renton, 1st Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action in France, aged 20, on the 30th November 1917 during the Battle of Cambrai. After his mother’s death he had been raised by his mother’s family the Patersons of Old Cambus, East Mains, Cockburnspath and he is commemorated on the Cambrai, Louveral, France. He fell in the fighting known as the “St Andrew’s Day Battle” to halt strong German attacks near Marcoing. A splendid counter attack stopped the Germans in their tracks and the battle fizzled out. The Battalion was relieved on the 5th December having suffered casualties of 4 Officers and 11 Other Ranks killed and 4 Officers ant 79 Other Ranks wounded. In addition 40 Otherr Ranks were posted missing. This Battle saw the first use of the massed tank attack on good ground which initially broke through the German lines. The phots were taken during the Battle.

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