Gunner Andrew Fortune

Gunner Andrew Fairbairn Fortune, 16 Battery, 1 Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery. He was killed in action in Belgium, aged 29, on the 1st June 1940. He had been born in Hangingshaw, Heriot and was the son of John and Betsy Fortune and is buried in Bredene Churchyard near Ostend, Belgium. His Battery had joined the British Expeditionary force in France in February 1940 and were tasked to cover the routes used by the B.E.F in their retreat to Dunkirk for evacuation. The Regiment would have used the 3.7 inch Quick Firing gun which was in general use as an anti -aircraft weapon until the 1950s.

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