Private David Scott

Private David Scott, 6th ( Service ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers . He was killed in action on 12th October, 1917 in Belgium during the Battle of Third Ypres aged 32 and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Flanders, Belgium. He was the son of the late John Scott and husband of Elizabeth Scott, 4 Hillhead, Bonnyrigg, Midlothian. He fell in what was called ” The First Battle of Passchendaele” where the attack was made between the Ypres- Roulers railway and Houlthust forest.  Ground conditions were so atrocious ( see photographs) with much of it flooded that no real advance was possible and many men were lost in the waters as well as to machine gun fire and artillery. There were 196 casualties with 15 killed, 154 wounded and 27 missing ( probably drowned. One German pill box was captured where they were accused of hoisting the white flag before firing on our men. 31 Germans died with surprisingly 5 prisoners taken. The photos show the desolate state of the Flanders battlefield. The colour photo shows the impressive Memorial raised to commemorate the men of the 9th and 15th ( Scottish ) Divisions who fell during the Battle. It was erected on the Frezenberg Ridge near the village of Zonnebeke in the Ypres Salient and was unveiled in August 2007. A plaque in both Gaelic and English is affixed to the front of the Memorial on which is inscribed a quote from the Declaration of Arbroath.

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