Lance Corporal John Wight

Lance Corporal John Wight, 6th ( Service ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action in Belgium, aged 20, on the 18th August 1918 during the ” Advance to Victory”.  He had been born in Jedburgh and was the son of Thomas and Alice White of Jedburgh. Before enlisting ( underage) in November 1914 he had been a farm servant at Whitton farm, Morebattle. He had originally enlisted in the 4th Battalion but was transferred to the 7th/8th Battalion in France in April 1917. He was wounded and upon recovery was posted to the 6th K.O.S.B. He fell in the attack near Meteren which was completely successful with all objectives secured and many prisoners taken. Casualties were 2 Officers and 25 Other Ranks killed and 5 Officers and 139 Other Ranks wounded. In addition 4 Other Ranks were posted missing. He is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Flanders, Belgium. The photos show Allied troops advancing after the retreating german Artmy during the final 100 days of the War.

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