Second Lieutenant Robert High

Second Lieutenant Robert Donald High, 1st/4th ( Territorial ) Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. He was killed in action on 22nd March 1918, the second day of the German March Offensive ( Operation Michael ) aged 37. He was the husband of Mary Carmichael High of Ladykirk Schoolhouse, Ladykirk, Berwickshire and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Arras, France. Before the War he was the Headmaster of Ladykirk Public School. The colour photograph shows the Memorial erected to the 51st ( Highland ) Division of which the Battalion was part. It was erected in Newfoundland Park on the Somme overlooking “Y” Ravine which was taken on 13th November 1916 when the Division stormed and captured the strong German positions in Beaumont Hamel. A plaque in Gaelic on the Memorial Reads ” Friends Are Good On The Day Of Battle “. The other photos show Allied troops awaiting the German advances.

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