Private George Calder

Private George Henderson Calder,2nd Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. He died from wounds in France, aged 18, on the 6th July 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. He had been born in Leith and was the son of Robert and Annie Calder of Clovenfords, Selkirkshire. He had been wounded on the 1st July during the Battalion attack on Mametz Wood which gained their Objectives at heavy cost as always. Out of the 24 Officers and 786 Other Ranks who had gone into action 7 Officers and 199 Other Ranks were killed and 9 Officers and 287 Other Ranks were wounded. In addition 39 Other Ranks were posted missing. The Battalion was relieved on the 3rd July. He died in the 12th General Hospital, Rouen and is buried in St Sever Cemetery, Rouen, France. where his Headstone is inscribed “Till We meet Again”. The photos show Scots troops on the Somme. The final photo is reckoned to be the Gordons attacking at Mametz.

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