Sergeant Charles Baillie, M.M.

Sergeant Charles Albert Baillie, M.M., 8th/10th ( Service) Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. He was killed in action in Belgium , aged 22, on the 22nd August 1917 during the Third Battle of Ypres. He had been born in Galashiels and was the son of Margaret and the late William Baillie of 181 Galapark Road, Galashiels. He had been employed in the Gala Dyeworks before enlisting in November 1914. He landed in France with the 8th Battalion in May 1915. He was wounded in April 1917 during the Battle of Arras and whilst recovering he was awarded his Military Medal for gallantry under heavy fire. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Flanders, Belgium. He fell in an attack on German block houses on the Steenbeck which cost the Battalion2 Officers and 22 Other Ranks missing and 3 Officers and 157 Other Ranks wounded. In addition 13 Other Ranks were posted missing. The photos show troops during the early stages of the Battle. ( His brother William also fell – see below).

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