Private Thomas Todd

Private Thomas Todd, 1st/4th ( Border ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action in Palestine on 19th April 1917 during the Second Battle of Gaza and is buried in Gaza War Cemetery, Israel. He had been born in St.Boswells and had enlisted in Jedburgh. He fell in the fighting at ” Outpost Hill ” where the Battalion took the Turkish ” redoubt ” after hand to hand combat. However artillery fire and continual counter attacks caused  heavy casualties and the position had to be evacuated under cover of darkness before reinforcements and ammunition could be brought forward. 6 Officers and 16 Other Ranks were killed and 9 Officers and 152 Other Ranks were wounded. In addition 28 Other Ranks were posted missing, which in Great War speak usually meant dead.

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