Private Adam Watson

Private Adam Watson, 1st Battalion, Black Watch. He was killed in action in Belgium, aged 35, on the 31st October 1914 during the First Battle of Ypres. He had been born in Selkirk in 1879 and was the son of Adam and Catherine Watson of 37 High Street, Selkirk. He had enlisted in 1900 as a Regular Soldier and had served in the South African War and in India. He had left the Army but as a Reservist he had been called up at the outbreak of War and landed in France on the 13th August 1914. He is commemorated on the Menin gate, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium. He fell on a day of intense fighting near the village of Gheluvelt which preceded the last German attempts to break through the British lines. The photos show Scottish troops in Flanders in November 1914.

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