Private William Linton

Private William Linton, 2nd Battalion, Scots Guards. He died from wounds in France, aged 19, on the 21st May 1915. He had been born in Heriot and was the son of John and Mary Linton of Knowepark, Heriot and is buried in Cabaret Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, France. He had been educated in Heriot, Dalkeith and Lasswade High Schools and was about to enter Edinburgh University when the War broke out. He enlisted in September 1914 and joined his Battalion in France in April 1915. He was wounded and captured during the Battle of Festubert and died in a German Field Hospital in Seclin. The photos show troops during the Battle. This Battle cost the Battalion 4 Officers and 47 Other Ranks killed and 3 Officers and 182 Other Ranks wounded. In addition 172 Other Ranks were reported missing some of whom were Prisoners of War.

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