Private Robert Hendry

Private Robert Hendry, 6th (Service) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action in France, aged 36, on the 9th April 1917 on the first day of the Battle of Arras. He had been born in Birgham. Coldstream, Berwickshire and was the son of the late William and Elizabeth Hendry of Birgham and the husband of Catherine Hendry of 4 Ladhope Bank, Galashiels. Before enlisting he had been employed as a fishing fly dresser in Perth. He fell in the successful attack on the German “brown Line” which cost the Battalion 2 Officers killed and 12 wounded. The Regimental history does not give Other Rank casualties. He is buried in Bailleul Road West Cemetery, St. Laurent- Blangy, Arras, France. The Battalion was part of the 9th (Scottish) Division and after the War a Memorial was erected to commemorate its part in the Battle. It was originally erected on the Arras-Douai Road but after heavy traffic made it unsafe it was reallocated to the front of the Point-du-Jour Military Cemetery His brother William also died as a result of his war service. The photos show troops during the Battle.

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