Lieutenant George Fair

Lieutenant George Fair, 1st/4th ( Border ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action in France on 1st October 1918 during the “Advance to Victory ” aged 36. He was the son of Provost George McFarlane Fair and Mrs Elizabeth Fair of 74 Castle Street, Duns and is buried in Cambrai East Military Cemetery, Cambrai, France. He had been educated at the Berwickshire High School and had joined the local Territorial Force Battalion 1/4th K.O.S.B. into which he was commissioned in 1915. He had served in Palestine and had been transferred with the rest of the 52nd( Lowland) Division to France in April 1918 to help stem the German advance. Before the War he had organised the Great Bazaar in Duns which was needed to clear the debts of the local Working Mens Club. Pre war he had worked with his father in his coach building business. His brother served with Canadian Forces. He fell in an attack on strong German positions near “Paris Copse” near Cambrai which reached the objective but was withdrawn under heavy shellfire to the original positions. Casualties were 4 Officers and 26 Other Ranks killed and a further 120 wounded.  He is also commemorated on the Memorial Tablet placed in the new Berwickshire High School, Duns. His Headstone in France is inscribed ” Forever With The Lord Amen, Amen “.

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