Private George Renton

Private George Renton, 1st Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action in France on 30th November 1917 during the Battle of Cambrai, aged 20. He was the son of George Renton and is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louveral, France. He fell in the ” St Andrews Day Battle ” where the Battalion attacked near Marcoing and suffered casualties of 8 Officers and 130 Other Ranks with 4 Officers and 41 Other Ranks being killed. This was the first time that tanks were used en masse ( 437 ) and on good ground to breach the German lines. The first photograph shows tanks ready for the attack to commence and the second shows one of the tanks in close up.

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