Private Albert Cross

Private Albert Cross, 2nd Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. He was killed in action in France, aged 22, on the 25th September 1915 on the first day of the Battle of Loos. He had been born in Galashiels and was the son of Janet and the late Henry Cross of 28 Stanley Street, Galashiels. He had been working as a moulder in Glasgow when he enlisted in August 1914. He is buried in Cambrin Churchyard Extension, France. He fell in the attack on the German lines in front of Auchy which could not progress due to machine gun fire and uncut wire entanglements. Casualties were 15 Officers and 315 Other Ranks many of which were caused by the gas release blowing back on the assaulting troops. The first photo shows Highland troops marching up to the line at Loos and the second shows an actual attack at Loos with the troops advancing through a ghostly cloud of gas and smoke. This was the first time the British had used gas in the War and due to adverse wind conditions was not always a success. The third photo shows the village of Loos after capture.


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