Private Walter Douglas

Private Walter Douglas, 1st/4th ( Border ) Battalion , Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action France during the attack on Fauberge de Paris, a suburb of Cambrai, on 4th October 1918, aged 32. He was the son of William and Mary Douglas of The Row, Oxton and is buried in Cantaing British Cemetery, France along with 11 of his comrades. This action cost the battalion 150 casualties with 4 Officers and 26 Other Ranks being killed. Theses casualties reduced the fighting strength of the Battalion to 350 Officers and Other Ranks. On the 5th October the Battalion was relieved by a Battalion of the Highland Light Infantry thus making the actions on the 4th the last combat of the War for the 4th K.O.S.B. The photograph shows the author Gavin Richardson standing over Private Douglas’s headstone. ( Taken from his excellent book ” After Gallipoli” which details the Battalion’s campaigns after Gallipoli ).

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