Sergeant William Gibb

Sergeant William Gibb, 2nd Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action in France on 28th June 1918, aged 23. He had been born in Ednam and was the son of Janet Gibb of Greenlaw and the husband of Elizabeth Gibb of Mertoun, Newstead, St Boswells and is buried in Tannay British Cemetery, His Headstone is inscribed  ” Too Far Away Your Grave To See But Not Too Far To Think Of Thee “. Thiennes, France. Before enlisting in February 1915 he had been employed as a polughman at Courthill, Nenthorn. He fell during the Second Battle of the Lys and in the successful attack on the Plate Becque. The German positions were carried at bayonet point although machine gun fire caused casualties. Over 200 Other Ranks  were casualties and 9 Officers were wounded. ( The Regimental History quotes Lieutenant Colonel Anderson as saying ” On that day our Jocks got home with the bayonet as a good heap of slain testified”. The photographs show British troops behind makeshift defences awaiting further German advances.

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