Private George Watson

Private George Watson, 9th ( Highland ) Battalion ( The Dandy Ninth ), Royal Scots. He was killed in action in France on 11th April 1917, aged 23, during the Battle of Arras. He was the son of Helen and the late George Watson of Rillbank, Denholm and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Arras, France. On that day the Battalion attacked a pocket of resistance still holding out in the ” Brown Line”  which they did after a violent bombardment. The position was taken and consolidated after which the Battalion was relieved. Casualties from 9th April to 12th April were 12 Officers and 230 Other Ranks. Success was always expensive. The photograph shows troops and a tank in a captured village near Arras.

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