Corporal John Wight

Corporal John Wight, 6th ( Service ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action in Belgium near Meteren on 18th August 1918, aged 20, during the “Advance to Victory” and is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium. ( The C.W.G.S. shows his rank as Lance Corporal ). He fell in the successful action at Hoegenacker Mill where the German positions were overwhelmed and 100 prisoners taken. Casualties were 3 Officers and 29 Other Ranks killed with 4 Officers and 139 Other Ranks wounded. He had been born in Jedburgh where he was brought up by his Grand Parents. He had lived in Morebattle where had had been a farm servant at Whitton farm. He had originally enlisted in the 1st/4th K.O.S.B. before being transferred into the 7th/8th K.O.S.B. where he was wounded and gassed. Upon recovery he was sent to the 6th K.O.S.B. The photographs show Allied troops during the advances against the retreating German army during the final 100 days of the War.

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