Private Thomas Yellowlees

Private Thomas Yellowlees, 9th ( Service ) Battalion, Black Watch. He was killed in France on 28th September 1917, aged 21 and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Arras, France.  He had been born in Yarrow and was the son of Thomas and Isabella Yellowlees of Winterburgh, Ettrick, Selkirkshire. Before enlisting in the Scots Greys he was employed as a gamekeeper by the Earl of Wemyss at Cramalt Lodge, Meggat, Cappercleugh, Yarrow. He was then posted to the 8th Battalion Black Watch in France in July 1915 before joining the 9th Battalion. At that time the Battalion were in trenches north of the Scarpe, near Arras in what was a quiet sector at the time although there was sporadic shelling.

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