Lance Sergeant James Law

Lance Sergeant James Law, 8th ( Service ) Battalion, Black Watch. He was killed in action in France on 25th September 1915, aged 23, on the first day of the Battle of Loos. He had been born in Ancrum in 1892 and was the son of James and Hannah Law of ” Sunnyside “, Denholm. Before enlisting he had been employed as a farm worker and he is  commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Dud Corner, Loos, France. He fell in the fighting at the Hoenzollern Redoubt and Fosse 8 where the Battalion suffered the loss of 19 Officers and 492 Other Ranks. His brother William also died in the War ( see above ). The first picture shows the ” Death Penny “, a copper medallion issued to the families of all those who died during the War. The second photo shows an actual attack with the troops disappearing into the ghostly clouds of gas and smoke. This was the day that the British Army used gas for the first time. The third photo shows the village of Loos after capture and the final image shows shells bursting on the redoubt. The artist’s illustration depicts the Black Watch at Loos.

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