Private John Armstrong

Private John Armstrong, 8th ( Service ) Battalion, Black Watch. He was killed in action in France on the first day of the Battle of Loos on 25th September 1915, aged 27. He was the son of Richard Armstrong of Eyemouth and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Dud Corner, Loos, France.  He fell in the assault on the strongly fortified enemy positions in the Hohenzollern Redoubt. With great dash the positions were captured but the cost was high. After 3 days heavy fighting the Battalion was withdrawn into reserve in Bethune. 19 Officers and 492 Other Ranks had become casualties. The first photo shows an actual attack with the troops advancing into a ghostly cloud of gas and smoke. this was the day the British Army first used gas. The second photo shows the village of Loos after its capture.

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