Private Thomas Scott

Private Thomas Messer Scott, “C” Coy., 1st Battalion, Black Watch. He was killed in action in France on 25th September 1915, aged 28, on the first day of the Battle of Loos. He was the son of Walter and Alison Messer Scott of Polwarth and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Dud Corner, Loos, France. He fell in the fierce fighting near Hulluch where the Battalion lost 5 Officers and 60 Other Ranks killed and 6 Officers and 151 Other Ranks Wounded. 61 Other Ranks were missing. The first picture shows an actual attack with the troops advancing into a ghostly cloud of gas and smoke. This day was the first time the British Army had used gas. The second shows the village of Loos after capture and the third is an artist’s illustration of the Black Watch attack led by their pipers.

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