Private James Strachan

Private James Strachan, 1st/9th ( Highland ) Battalion, Royal Scots ( The Dandy Ninth). He was killed in action on 1st August 1918 and is buried in Raperie British Cemetery, Villmontoire, France. He fell in the attack on strong German positions near  Villemontoire. Unfortunately the supporting barrage was poor and French support did not materialise with the result the 9th Battalion attacked alone. Casualties were appalling  133 men were killed and 300 wounded a total which represented about 80% of the Battalion strength. Although the attack was a failure, success on the flanks forced the Germans into full retreat.

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