Gunner George Balloch

Gunner George Harper Balloch, “C” Battery, 46th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. He was killed in action in Belgium on 11th November 1917, aged 24, during the Battle of Third Ypres. He had been born in Selkirk and was the son of Archibald and Mary Balloch of St. Boswells, of Tait’s Hill, Selkirk and 115 Forrest Road, Selkirk. He is buried in La Plus Douve Farm Cemetery, Belgium. Before enlisting he had been employed as an under butler in Maidstone, Kent. He landed in France as a Bombardier but later reverted to the rank of Gunner. The Field Artillery normally used the 18 pounder gun in an anti infantry role using both high explosive and shrapnel shells one of which is shown below.

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