Private James Reid

Private James Reid, 1st Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers. He was killed in action in France on 3rd May 1917, aged 21, during the Battle of Arras. He had been born at Easter Wooden farm, Eckford and was the son of James and Euphemia Reid of Samieston farm , Oxnam and is buried in Dury Cross Cemetery, Arras, France. His Headstone is inscribed ” He Gave His Life To Save Us “. He fell during the attack in the Bullecourt sector near Monchy where the artillery barrage was inadequate and the German defences very strongly manned. All but one of the Officers in the attacking companies fell in the early stages and the Battalion was only withdrawn with great difficulty. 6 Officers and 27 Other Ranks were killed and 3 Officers and 212 Other Ranks were wounded. In addition 2 Officers and 57 Other Ranks were posted missing. The photos show troops at Arras.

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