Private Hugh Dickson

Private Hugh Dickson, 7th ( Service ) Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders. He was killed in action in France, aged 26, on the 25th September 1915 on the first day of the Battle of Loos. He had been born in Coldingham and was the son of Robert and Janet Dickson of Scott’s Buildings, Reston. He had landed in France with his Battalion in May 1915 and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Dud Corner, Loos, France. The first photo shows an attack at Loos with the troops disappearing into a ghostly cloud of gas and smoke. This day was the first time the British Army had used gas in the War. The second shows Loos village after capture and the third is an artist’s illustration depicting an attack at Loos led by their pipers.

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