Private, Robert Baxter

Corporal Robert Baxter, 7/8th Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action in France during the Battle of Arras on 24th April 1917, aged 22. He was the son of James Baxter of High Street, Greenlaw and is commemorated on the Arras memorial, Arras, France. Before the War he had been apprenticed to Mr Stoddart of Greenlaw and at the time of death he had five brothers on active service. ( The notice in the ” Berwickshire Advertiser ” has his rank as Corporal ). The Battalion took part in an attack which did not fair well and they became stuck in the fire swept battle zone until relieved later in the day. 150 casualties were suffered. The photograph shows a German gun captured by the Battalion near Monchy and displayed in front of Hawick museum after the War

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