Private William Stirling

Private William Stirling, 6th ( Service ) Battalion, Cameron Highlanders. He was killed in action  on the second day of the Battle of Loos on 26th September 1915. He was the son of Mr Charles Stirling of Leader Terrace, Earlston and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Dud Corner, Loos, France. His brother, a Private in the 1st/4th K.O.S.B, had already been invalided home from Gallipoli. The 6th Camerons were part of 15th Scottish Division and attacked Hill 70 in an attempt to stem a German counter attack. They were led by Lt. Col. Angus Douglas- Hamilton  who was to win  a posthumous V.C. for his actions on that day. Before enlisting he had been in the service of Messrs. Dodds, Merchants of Earlston.  The photograph shows the village of Loos after its capture.

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