Lance Corporal James Crawford

Lance Corporal James Crawford, 9th Battalion, Black Watch. He was killed in action in France on 25th September 1915, aged 21, on the first day of the Battle of Loos. He was the son of Robert and Annie Crawford of Deanfoot, Hawick and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Dud Corner, Loos, France.  His father was a Private in the Army Veterinary Corps. The Battalion attacked the Lens Road Redoubt on that day and with great elan captured the German front and support lines and fought their way in the village of Loos itself. Casualties were very heavy and when the Battalion was relieved the following day only 98 men returned. 10 Officers and 360 Other Ranks had been killed and 11 Officers and 320 Other Ranks had been wounded The first picture shows an artists impression of the Battalion attack and the second a photo of part of the battlefield looking towards the German front lines where shells are bursting.

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