Private Robert Whitehead

Private Robert Whitehead, 7th Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action in France on 25th September 1915 on the first day of the Battle of Loos and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Dud Corner, Loos, France. He fell in the attack on the Lens Road Redoubts where the Battalion suffered very heavy casualties and Piper Daniel Laidlaw won the Victoria Cross. Despite the gas he pulled up his gas hood and marched along the parapet amidst a storm of shot and shell playing “All the Blue Bonnets “on his pipes until the troops who were shaken by the gas blowing back into their trenches rallied and commenced their attack. The Objectives were captured but at the cost of 650 casualties in killed, wounded and missing. This was the first time the British Army had used gas in the War and it was not wholly successful due to changes in the wind direction.

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