Private Robert Blaikie

Private Robert Blaikie, 8th ( Service ) Battalion, Black Watch. He was killed in action in France on 9th April 1917 on the first day of the Battle of Arras. He was the brother of Mrs R. Whitelaw of Church Street, Eyemouth and is buried in Cabaret-Rouge Cemetery, Souchez, France.  His Headstone is inscribed ” Ever Remembered By His Father, Mother Brothers And Sisters “. The Battalion objectives on the “Black” and “Blue” Lines were stormed and captured but with losses of 5 Officers and 50 Other Ranks killed and  6 Officers and 147 Other Ranks wounded. By nightfall the position was consolidated and the Cameron Highlanders and Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders passed through to attack the German strongpoint of Athies. The photographs show British troops accompanied by a ” Wee Pal ” in the main street of a captured village near Arras.

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