Private James Scott

Private James Scott, 7th ( Service ) Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders. He was killed in action in France, aged 20, on the 25th September 1915 on the first day of the Battle of Loos. He had been born in Jedburgh and was the son of John and Betsy Scott of Annfield, Jedburgh. He is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Dud Corner, Loos, France. Before enlisting in September 1914 he had been employed in the gardens of Floors Castle, Kelso. As part of the 9th ( Scottish ) Division the Battalion attacked and captured the ” Hoenzollern Redoubt” and Fosse 8. Between the c25th and 27th September when the Battalion was relieved they suffered 7 Officers and 58 Other Ranks killed and 11 Officers and 342 Other Ranks wounded. In addition 2 Officers and 109 other Ranks were posted missing. The first photo shows an actual attack at Loos with the troops advancing through a ghostly cloud of gas and smoke. This was the first time in the War that the British Army had used gas. The second shows Loos after its capture and the third shows shells landing on the “Hoenzollern Redoubt”. The artist’s illustration depicts Highlanders attacking led by their pipers.

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