Private Samuel Turnbull

Private Samuel Turnbull. ” B ” Coy., 1st/8th ( Service ) Battalion, Black Watch. He was killed in action in France on 19th July 1918, aged 34. He was the Son of Robert and Hannah Turnbull of Denholm and the husband of Jessie Connor ( formerly Turnbull ) of 18 Landalec Terrace, Cowdenbeath.  Before enlisting he had been employed as a miner at Raith Colliery in Fife. He is buried in Meteren Military Cemetery, Nord, France. He fell in an attempt to secure the village of Meteren. The attack failed due to the failure to destroy the barbed wire defences intermingled with hedges in front of the German lines. Casualties were as usual heavy. 8 Officers and 105 Other Ranks were killed and 5 Officers and 111 Other Ranks were wounded.

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