Private Andrew Redpath

Private Andrew Redpath, 11th ( Service ) Battalion, Royal Scots. He died from wounds in France, aged 22, on the 27th March 1918. He had been wounded during the German March Offensives and died in the 3rd Canadian Stationary Hospital, Doullens. He had been born in Heriot and was the son of Andrew and Alison Redpath of Corse Hope, Heriot and is buried in Doullens Communal cemetery Extension No.1, Doullens, France where his Headstone is inscribed ” Until The Day Dawns And The Shadows Flee away To Memory Ever Dear”. He had originally enlisted in the 15th Royal Scots in September 1914 and landed in France in January 1916 . He was later transferred to the 11th Battalion. The Offensive had opened on the 21st March and the Battalion had seen severe fighting without breaking as they retreated over the old Somme battlefield in the face of relentless enemy pressure. Over the period the Battalion suffered casualties of 4 Officers and 18 Other Ranks killed and 8 Officers and 68 Other Ranks wounded. In addition 6 Officers and 238 Other Ranks were posted missing. Some of these missing would have become Prisoners of War. The photos show troops in defensive positions awaiting the advancing Germans.

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