Lance Corporal Walter Knox

Lance Corporal Walter Knox. 1st/6th ( Territorial) Battalion, Black Watch. He was killed in France, aged 28, on the 24th June 1915 and is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, France. He had been born in Jedburgh and was the son of Jessie and the late Robert Knox of 3 Croft Street, Galashiels. He had served his apprenticeship at Hartrigge, Jedburgh and when he enlisted in September 1914 he was working as a gardener for Sir Stuart Coates at Ballathie, Stanley, Perthshire.At that time the Battalion were in trenches near Festubert and suffered losses from shellfire. The Battalion was part of the 152nd Brigade in the 51st (Highland) Division and after the War an impressive memorial was raised in Commemoration. It was erected on the Somme overlooking “Y” Ravine which was captured on the 13th November 1916 when the Division stormed the strong German positions in Beaumont Hamel. A Plaque affixed to the Memorial reads in both English and Gaelic “Friends are good on the day of Battle”.

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