Private George Crerar

Private George Gow Crerar, 7th ( Service ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action in France on 25th September 1915, aged 26 on the first day of the Battle of Loos. He was the son of Alexander and Mary Crerar of Melmerby, Carlisle and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Loos, France. He fell in the assault on the Lens Road Redoubts, the action in which Piper Daniel Laidlaw won the Victoria Cross. The positions were taken but at a terrible cost , 20 Officers and 611 Other Ranks out of the 950 attackers. ( The picture is a newspaper illustration of Laidlaw having pulled up his gas hood piping the men into the assault despite the effects of gas and a hail of bullets) The photographs show shells bursting on the German front line and an actual assault with the attacking troops disappearing into a ghostly cloud of smoke and gas.

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