Lance Corporal James Turnbull

Private James Turnbull, 1st/8th ( Territorial ) Battalion, Royal Scots. He was killed in France, aged 23, on the 17th March 1915. He was born in Selkirk in 1891 and was the son of Alexander and Mary Turnbull of Back Row, Selkirk. Before enlisting he had been employed in the Tweedvale Mills, Walkerburn, Peeblesshire. He was killed by a sniper and buried behind the lines. His grave was later lost and he is now commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, France. At that trime the Battalion were holding front line trenches in the area of Neuve Chappelle and suffered casualties from shelling and sniping. ( His brother George also fell – see above ). The photos show British troops in the Neuve Chappelle sector.

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