Captain James McLaren

Captain James McLaren, 7th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. He was killed in action in France on 21st November 1917, aged 22, and is Commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louveral, France. He was the son of Duncan Mclaren of Fairnington, Kelso and had been educated at Edinburgh Academy. His brother William had died of wounds three days before ( see above ).  He had joined his Battalion in May 1915 and was promoted Captain in October 1916.  Cambrai was the first time Tanks had been used in large numbers to effect a break through of the German lines. He fell whilst leading “B” Company in the attack on Fontaine-Notre-Dame. The first photograph shows some of the tanks just before the attack commenced, the second shows Highlanders jumping a captured trench and the third shows Highlanders checking a German dugout in a captured trench.

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