Private Hugh Dickson

Private Hugh Aitchison Dickson, 7th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders. He was killed in action in France on the first day of the Battle of Loos on 25th September 1915, aged 26. He was the son of Robert and Janet Dickson of Scotts Buildings, Reston and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Dud Corner, Loos, France.  The first photo shows a group of Seaforths in a trench before the Battle. One man is using a trench periscope to observe the enemy lines. The second shows an actual assault with the troops disappearing into a ghostly cloud of gas and smoke. This was the first time in the War the British Army had used gas. The third photograph shows part of the Loos battlefield looking towards the German front lines and the fourth shows the village of Loos after its capture.

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