Private Robert Denholm

Private Robert Denholm, 15th Battalion, Royal Scots. He was killed in action in France on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on 1st July 1916 aged 31. He was the son of Robert Denholm, Cairncross, Reston and is commemorated on the Thiepval, Somme, France. He fell in the successful attack on the “Heligoland ” strongpoint at La Boiselle despite a hail of machine gun fire which caused many casualties. There were not many successes on this fateful day. Casualties from 1st-3rd July were 18 Officers and 610 Other Ranks killed wounded and missing. The photo shows a shell bursting on the German trenches at La Boiselle just before the attack went in at 7.30 a.m.

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