Captain David Colville

Captain David Colville, 4th Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He died of wounds from a sniper’s bullet on 18th February 1945 in Holland, aged 25. He had been born in Glasgow and was the son of David and Elizabeth Colville of Chapel-on-Leader, Earlston and is buried in Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Nijmegen, Holland.  He had been educated at Eton College and was a cadet lance Sergeant in the O.T.C when he was commissioned into the 4th Battalion in November 1938.  He had led his Company in the assault bon Walcheren in November 1944. He fell in “C” Company’ s attack on Kasteel Blijenbeek , a German held stronghold which finally cost the Company 40 casualties. The position was finally subdued by rocket firing Hawker Typhoons. His Headstone is inscribed ” To His Gay & Gallant Spirit. A Happiness Which Once Has Been Imperishable”. The photos show the Borderers in early 1945.

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