Private George Dodds

Private George Peacock Dodds, 2nd Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers. He was killed in action in France, aged 29, on the 30th July 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. He had been born in Kelso in 1886 and was the son of Robert and Elizabeth Dodds of 76 Back Row, Selkirk and he commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Thiepval, Somme, France. He had been employed as a warper when he enlisted in the Kings Own Scottish Borderers in June 1916. He was then transferred to the R.S,F. and went to France in June 1916. He fell in the attack on the strongly fortified village of Guillemont where the Fusiliers alone reached the village. The flank attacks failed and the battalion was forced to retire to avoid being cut off. Casualties were very heavy. 20 Officers and 750 Other Ranks had gone into action and of these 633 were killed wounded or captured. ( His brother James also fell, see below ). The photos show Scottish troops on the Somme and the colour image shows a peaceful Somme landscape today.

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