Private John Fitzgerald

Private John Fitzgerald, 9th Battalion, Black Watch. He was killed in action in France on  the first day of the Battle of Loos on 25th September 1915, aged 28. He was the son of William and Jane Fitzgerald of Torwood, Birnam, Dunkeld and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Dud Corner, Loos, France. Before the war he had been employed as an under foreman by Lady Askew Robertson on Ladykirk Estates. He fell in the assault and capture of the German front and support lines, the village of Loos itself and the crest of Hill 70. This cost the Battalion very heavily and of the 940 attackers only 98 returned unwounded that evening. 10 Officers and 360 Other Ranks were killed and 11 Officers and 320 Other Ranks were wounded. Some of the missing rejoined the next day. The first image is an artist’s impression of the Black Watch attack and the second is a photo of part of the Loos battlefield looking towards the German front line trenches where shells are bursting. The third photo shows the village of Loos after its capture.

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