Captain George Houston-Boswall

Captain Sir George Reginald Houston- Boswall, Bart., 2nd” Coy”. 4th Battalion, Grenadier Guards. He was a regular soldier and  was killed in action in France on 27th September 1915, aged 38  He fell in the attack on the “Chalk Pits” during the Battle of Loos and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Dud Corner, Loos, France. He was the fourth Baronet and succeeded his father in 1908 as the male heir of the ancient family of Houstouns of Cotrioch, heritable baillies of the Barony of Busbie, Wigton and of Calderhall, Midlothian.The family seats are at Blackadder, Edrom and Allanbank, Berwick. Sir George held the office of Deputy Lieutenant of Berwickshire and his heir was his brother Captain Thomas Randolph Houstoun Boswell serving with the 13th Battalion, Royal Scots. He had served in the Boer War and had retired in 1906 to settle down on his estate. He volunteered for service on the outbreak of war and went to France with his Battalion on 15th August 1915 in time to take part in the Battle of Loos. His body was never found. He had married in London in 1913, Naomi Veronica Anstey daughter of the late Colonel Thomas Anstey, R.E. and had two daughters Sheila and Elizabeth. The photo shows part of the Loos battlefield looking towards the German front lines.

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