Lance Corporal William Baxter

Lance Corporal William Baxter, 17th (3rd Glasgow) Battalion, Highland Light Infantry. He was killed in action in France, aged 19, on the 1st July 1916 on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. He had been born in Galashiels and was the son of Margaret and the late William Walker of 256 Scott Street, Galashiels. He had been living and working in Glasgow as a Chartered Accountant when he enlisted and is buried in Lonsdale Cemetery, Authuille, Somme, France where his Headstone is inscribed ” Them Also That Are Fallen Asleep In Jesus God Will Bring with Him 1 Thess. Chap 4.v.14″. He fell in the attack by the 32nd Division on the Leipzig Redoubt. which was partially successful but intense machine gun fire cost the Battalion 22 Officers and 400 Other Rank casualties.( During the action Sergeant James Turnbull won the V.C. for his part in repulsing several counter attacks). The first photo shows troops attacking over a wide and open no mans land with the other photos showing Scots troops on the Somme. The colour image shows a peaceful Somme landscape today with ” No gas, no barbed wire, no guns firing now”.

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