Private James Newbigging

Private James Newbigging, 6th Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action in France on 3rd May 1917 during the Battle of Arras. He was the son of the late P. Newbigging who had a plumbers business in Duns. After his father died he and his brother carried on with the business. He was unmarried ,lived in Newtown Street, Duns and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Arras, France. He fell in a disastrous night attack on “Greenland Hill” which despite heroic endeavour failed completely. Three Companies attacked but with the flank attacks failing they were cut off and  only 50 men managed to return to British lines. Casualties were very heavy with 10 Officers killed and 403 Other Rank casualties of which 51 were killed, 152 wounded and 200 missing.

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