Lance Corporal Robert Armstrong

Lance Corporal Robert McVittie Armstrong., 10th ( Service ) Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. He died in the 36th Casualty Clearing Station in France, aged 29, on 7th November 1917 of wounds received in action on 3rd November during the Battle of Third Ypres. He had been born in Westruther, Berwickshire and was the son of Mrs Agnes and the late John Armstrong of Templehall, Midlem and is buried in Zuydcoote Military Cemetery, Nord, France. He had originally enlisted in the Kings Own Scottish Borderers but had transferred to the Argylls. The photographs show the desolate nature of the Flanders battlefield  where the drainage systems had been destroyed by the incessant shelling. His Headstone is inscribed ” Rest In Peace Till We Meet Again “. The colour photo shows the impressive Memorial raised to commemorate the men of the 9th and 15th ( Scottish ) Divisions who fell in the Battle. The 10th Argylls were part of the 26th Brigade in the 9th Division. It was erected on the Frezenberg Ridge near the village of Zonnebeke in the Ypres Salient and was unveiled in August 2007. A plaque in both Gaelic and English is affixed to the front of the Memorial and contains a quote from the Declaration of Arbroath.

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