Private David Biggar

Private David Fisher Biggar, 5th/6th (Territorial) Battalion, Royal Scots. He died in France, aged 28, from wounds on the 12th August 1918 suffered during the “Advance to Victory”. He had been born in Galashiels and was the son of Charles and Christina Biggar of Glebe Place, Galashiels and the husband of Maggie Biggar of Walkerburn and 275 Gallapark Road, Galashiels. Before enlisting he had been a mill worker in Walkerburn and played football for the local team. He enlisted in December 1915 and joined his Battalion in France in January 1917 being wounded in July of that year. He died in the 47th Casualty Clearing Station and is now buried in Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Somme, France. It is likely he was fatally wounded in the attack on Parvillers which made little progress due to a weak artillery bombardment and the late arrival of some tanks and cost the Battalion 9 Officers killed. The photos show Allied troops advancing after the retreating Germans during the final 100 days of the War.

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