Second Lieutenant Robert Connochie

Second Lieutenant Robert Hope Connochie, 4th Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action in Belgium, aged 24, on the 31st July 1917 on the first day of the Battle of Third Ypres. He had been born in Galashiels and was the son of Thomas and Hope Connochie of “Braeside”, Gala Terrace, Galashiels. He had been employed at the Tweed Mill, Galashiels when he enlisted in the Lothian and Border Horse landing in France in September 1915. He was later commissioned into the K.O.S.B. in September 1916. (However at this time the 4th Battalion was serving in Palestine so he may have been attached to another Battalion of the Regiment such as the 7th/8th which was in action on the 31st July ). He is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium. The photos show troops in the early stages of the Battle.

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