Lance Corporal Angus Meikle

Lance Corporal Angus Sutherland Meikle, 12th ( Service ) Battalion, Royal Scots. He was killed in action in France on 21st April 1918 during the German Spring Offensive on the River Lys aged 23. He was the son of Robert and Isabella Meikle of Courthill, Nenthorn and Earlston Mains, Earlston and is buried in Bienvilliers Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. He had been employed at Maidenhall Farm, Mertoun before he enlisted in April 1916. Originally he had enlisted in the K.O.S.B. before being transferred to the Royal Scots. ( The C.W.G.C site has his Unit as 5th/6th Battalion, Royal Scots as does “Soldiers Died”). Doubtless he had been transferred from the 12th Battalion. From the 21st -25th April the Battalion casualties were 1 Officer and Other Ranks men killed and 3 Officers and 54 Other Ranks wounded. In addition 14 Officers and  502 Other Ranks were reported missing. Many of these casualties occurred on the 25th when the Battalion was surrounded and overwhelmed in an heroic last stand in order to buy their Comrades behind to form a defensive line. The photos show troops in defensive positions.

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