Corporal Hugh Collier

Corporal Hugh Collier, 2nd Battalion, Royal Scots. He was killed in action , aged 26, in Belgium on the 26th September 1917 during the Third Battle of Ypres. He was born in Selkirk and was the son of Adam and Elizabeth Collier of 10 Dunsdalehaugh Roads, Selkirk and he is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Flanders, Belgium. He had joined his Battalion in France in June 1915 and had been wounded thrice. On the 26th the Battalion attacked the German positions near Hill 40 in the Salient. Resistance was strong and little progress was made allowing a German counter attack which was repulsed. As ever casualties were heavy with 4 Officers and 45 Other Ranks killed and 6 Officers and 278 Other Ranks wounded. In addition 66 Other Ranks were posted missing. ( The C.W.G.C. site gives his rank as Lance Corporal ). The photos show troops during the Battle. The photos show troops during the Battle amidst the dreadful ground conditions caused by the incessant shellfire having destroyed the Flanders drainage systems.

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