Private Thomas Armstrong

Private Thomas Armstrong, “C” Coy. 9th Battalion, Black Watch. He was killed in action in France on 25th September 1915, aged 20, on the first day of the Battle of Loos. He was the son of William and Martha Armstrong of 2, George Street, Newcastleton and is buried in Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe, Loos, France. His Headstone is inscribed ” He Died That Future Generations Might Live “.  He fell in the fierce fighting to capture Loos village and Hill 70. Casualties from enemy machine guns and rifle fire were very heavy and out of 940 men who started the attack ony 98 returned to Philosophe on the 26th. 10 Officers and 360 Other Ranks were killed and 11 Officers and 320 Other Ranks were wounded.  Other men who had been mixed up with other units rejoined later. The first picture is an artist’s impression of the attack by the Black Watch and the second shows part of the Loos battlefield looking towards the German lines where shells are bursting.

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