Private William Cockburn

Private William Cockburn, ( probably) 7th/8th ( Service ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action in France on 23rd July 1918 aged 24. He was the son of Mrs Margaret Hill of Spittal-on-Rule, Jedburgh and is buried  in Buzancy Military Cemetery, Aisne, France.  ( He is the only William Cockburn listed in ” Soldiers Died” and he is not on the Jedburgh War Memorial). On that day the Battalion attacked strong German positions  between Rosieres and Buzancy. the Artillery barrage was ineffectual and the enemy machine guns were not suppressed. Casualties were again heavy with 4 Officers and 95 Other Ranks were killed or missing and 7 Officers and 214 Other Ranks were wounded. Little ground was gained.

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