Private Thomas Bennett

Private Thomas Hislop Bennett, 1st/4th (Border) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He died from wounds, aged 21, in France on the 2nd September 1918 during the “Advance to Victory”. He had been born in Galashiels and was the son of the late George and Agnes Bennett formerly of Victoria Street, Galashiels and the brother of Jessie Bennett of Greenbank Street, Galashiels. He had been farming in Canada but had returned home to enlist joining the Battalion in Egypt. He then served in Palestine before moving to France with the rest of the 52nd (Lowland) Division in April 1918. He is buried in Bad-Du-Sud British Cemetery, Bailleulval, France. It is likely he was wounded in the attack near the village of Queant which cost the Battalion around 150 casualties including 2 Officers and 23 Other Ranks killed. The photos show Allied troops advancing after the retreating German Army during the final 100 days of the War.

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