Private John Irvine

Private John Irvine, 2nd Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He died in France, aged 22 , on 6th October 1918, of wounds received in action during the ” Advance to Victory”. He had been born in Ashkirk and was the son of James and Helen Irvine of Clerklands, Lilliesleaf and is buried in Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport, France.  Before enlisting in June 1916 he had been employed as a ploughman at Clerklands farm, Lilliesleaf. He had been twice wounded, at Arras in April 1917 and in March 1918. He died in the 2nd Canadian Hospital at Le Treport after suffering from the effects of  mustard gas. His Headstone is inscribed ” A Brave Soldier and Faithful Until Death “.The photos show Allied troops advancing after the retreating German Army.

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