Private George Renton

Private George Renton, 17th ( Service ) Battalion, Royal Scots. He died from wounds in France, aged 19, on the 16th April 1917. He had been born in Jedburgh and was the son of James and Janet Renton of Exchange Street and 5 Abbey Close, Jedburgh. He had been employed as a farm worker when he enlisted in the 12th Royal Scots in July 1915. He was wounded in France in July 1916 during the Battle of the Somme and evacuated to hospital in London. Upon recovery he was posted to the 17th Battalion. At that time the Battalion were in trenches near Berthaucourt and lost 8 Other Ranks killed and 18 wounded. Private Renton was wounded in the head and died in the 107th Field Hospital. He is buried in Nesle Communal Cemetery, Somme, France where his Headstone is inscribed ” In Unfading Memory Of George Eldest Son Of James And Janet Renton. He Died For His Country”.

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