Corporal George Dougal

Corporal George Leith Dougal, 1st/4th ( Border ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action on 19th April 1917 during the Second Battle of Gaza aged 24. He was the son of Elizabeth and the late David Dougal of Northburn, Eyemouth and is commemorated on the Jerusalem Memorial. On 19th April the Battalion suffered 213 casualties with 50 fatalities, ( including 6 Officers) in the attack on the Turkish positions on ” Outpost Hill”. Gallantly led by Major Wattie Forrest of Kelso the Redoubt was captured but the losses meant there were too few men to hold the position and with ammunition exhausted the remnants were forced to retreat to the British lines. Major Forrest was mortally wounded on the Turkish parapet. The photographs show the Borderers in Palestine in 1917.

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