Private Thomas Hart

Private Thomas Hart, 1st Battalion, Royal Scots. ( He served as Thomas Hendry). He died from wounds in Belgium, aged 25, on the 22nd April 1915 during the Second Battle of Ypres. He had been born in Galashiels as Thomas Hart son of James Hart of Darnick and Margaret Short of Galabank Street, Galashiels. She had married Thomas Hendry in Leith in 1898 and had lived in 55 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh. He had been a brass moulder when he enlisted as a Regular soldier in 1906 and had served in India until the Battalion returned to fight on the Western Front. He is buried in Bedford House Cemetery, Flanders, Belgium. At that time the Battalion were holding front line trenches near Sanctuary Wood and suffered numerous casualties from shelling and enfilade fire from the left flank. From 20th April to 22nd May when the Battalion was relieved casualties were 9 Officers and 332 Other Ranks in killed and wounded. The photos show troops near Ypres during the Battle.

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