Private James Sword

Private James Robert Baillie Sword, 1st Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action on 26th November 1917 in the Marcoing sector during the Battle of Cambrai and is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louveral, Cambrai, France . This Battle was noteworthy as it  was the advent of the massed Tank attack and initially a great hole was torn in the German lines. The church bells rang in Britain to celebrate this victory. But strong German counter attacks and a lack of reserves forced the British back to almost the Start Line.  He had been born in Haddington, enlisted in Berwick-upon-Tweed and lived in Ettrick. The first photograph shows tanks ready for the attack and the second shows an individual tank in more detail.

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