Second Lieutenant Henry Taggart

Second Lieutenant Henry Rawson Taggart, 3rd ( Reserve )Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, att, 1st Battalion, Black Watch. He died of wounds in France on 24th July 1918, aged 19. The Regimental History seems to indicate that his wounds were suffered during the German Offensives on the River Lys in April 1918 where the Battalion had suffered heavy casualties. He had been born in Glasgow and was the son of the Reverend Moses Taggart and Martha of the Manse, Lyne, Peebleshire and is buried in Sailly-Labourse Communal Cemetery Extension, nr. Bethune, Pas de Calais, France. His headstone is inscribed ” Watchman, What of the Night. The Morning Cometh”. He was educated at Peebles High School,  Glasgow Academy and then Edinburgh University where he was a member of the O.T.C. with the rank of Cadet Corporal and then Officer Cadet. He joined the Argylls as a Second Lieutenant in August 1917 and was attached to the Black Watch in May 1918. On 24th July his Battalion was in trenches in the Hoenzollern Redoubt sector and suffered only light shelling.

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