Private John Armstrong

Private John Armstrong, 8th 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 After 3 days heavy fighting the Battalion was withdrawn into reserve in Bethune. 19 Officers and 492 Other Ranks had become casualties.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 image is an artist’s impression of the Battalion in the attack and the second shows part of the loos battlefield looking towards the German front lines.

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