Lieutenant James Lawrie

Lieutenant James Alexander Lawrie, 6th Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action in France, aged 25, on 3rd May 1917 during the Battle of Arras. He was the son of Thomas and Jane Lawrie of Melrose and the husband of Robina of Edinburgh and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Arras, France. He had been employed in Edinburgh as a mercantile clerk before enlisting in the 9th( Highland ) Battalion, Royal Scots and from there being commissioned into the K.O.S.B. in January 1916. He fell in the disastrous unreconnoitred night attack on the strong German positions at “Greenland Hill”. The attackers advanced unsupported too far into the enemy positions and were cut off. Only some 50 men of the three attacking companies managed to return to British lines. 10 Officers and 51 Other Ranks were killed and 3 Officers and 152 Other Ranks were wounded. In addition 200 Other Ranks were posted missing ( This usually meant killed ).

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