Private John McRobb

Private John McRobb, 7th/8th Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action in Belgium, aged 24, on 19th August 1917 during the Third Battle of Ypres and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Flanders, Belgium. On that date the Battalion was holding front line trenches between Zonnebeke Road and “Frost Farm” under constant shelling. He had been born in Hawick and was the son of James and Jane McRobb of 21 Horse Market, Kelso and the husband of Lizzie McRobb of 100 Roxburgh Street, Kelso. Before enlisting he had been employed as a gardener at Wooden House, Kelso and had already been gassed and wounded twice. The photos show troops in the early stages of the Battle which raged from the 31st July until late November 1917.

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