Lance Corporal Peter Thomson

Lance Corporal Peter Thomson, 7th/8th ( Service ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action in France, aged 21, on the 23rd July 1918. He had been born in Tweedmouth and was the son of Margaret Thomson and the grandson of James Thomson of Lamberton, Berwickshire. He lived at West Foulden and was employed as a gamekeeper at Edington Hill, Chirnside when he originally enlisted in the 1st K.O.S.B. He was then posted to the 6th K.O.S.B. before joining the 7th/8th Battalion. He is buried in Vauxbuin French National Cemetery. At that time the Battalion was operating with the French and on the 23rd they attacked towards Buzancy. The barrage failed and the attack stalled in the face of heavy machine gun fire with heavy casualties. 4 Officers and 32 Other Ranks were killed and 7 Officers and 214 Other Ranks were wounded. In addition 63 Other Ranks were posted missing.

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