Private Robert Barron

Private Robert Barron, 2nd Regiment, South African Infantry. He was killed in action in France, aged 42, on the 24th March 1918 during the German Spring offensives. He had been born in Galashiels and was the son of Robert and the late Mary Barron of 46 Meigle Street, Galashiels. At some point he had emigrated to South Africa and was working as a machine minder before enlisting in April 1917 and sailing from Cape Town in June of that year. He fell in the fighting at Marrieres Wood and is commemorated on the Poziers Memorial, Somme, France. The photos show Allied troops in defensive positions.

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