Private Robert Grainger

Private Robert Grainger, 12th Battalion, Royal Scots. He was killed in action in Belgium on 11th April 1918, aged 39 and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Flanders, Belgium. He was the son of Adam and Elizabeth Grainger of Oldhamstocks. He fell during the German Spring Offensive where the foe was pushing back the British 19th Division near the White Chateau which was just south of the Ypres-Comines Canal sector. The Battalion at this stage prevented the Germans from turning the flank of the 19th Division and helped to prevent any break through. Most of the casualties were caused by very heavy artillery shelling. His father was the local schoolmaster.

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