Acting Corporal John Airlie

Acting Corporal John Airlie, 2nd Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in Flanders on 9th February 1915, aged 37. He was the son of Thomas Airlie of Gourlay’s Wynd, Duns and is commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium. At that time the Battalion were holding trenches in the Neuve Eglise sector of the Ypres Salient but were not involved in any offensive actions. He was a Regular Soldier and had already served for eight years chiefly in India. In a letter home to his mother a comrade, Private O’Brien informed her he had been shot by a sniper.

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