Private Joseph Coltherd

Private Joseph Coltherd, 7th ( Service ) Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders. He fell in action in France on 25th September 1915 on the first day of the Battle of Loos, aged 23. He had been born in Innerwick, East Lothian and was the son of Janet and the late John Coltherd of Aikengall, Oldhamstocks and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Dud Corner, Loos, France. He had enlisted in Lauder and had landed in France with his Battalion in May 1915. The Battalion was part of the 9th (Scottish) Division which was adjudged to have been one of the best Divisions in the Army. The first photo shows an actual attack with the troops disappearing into the gas which the British Army  had used for the first time in the War and the second shows the village of Loos after its capture. The artist’s illustration shows a Battalion attack at Loos led by its pipers.

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