Private John Scott

Private John Scott, 8th/10th ( Service ) Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. He was killed in action in France, aged 21, on the 10th April 1917 during the Battle of Arras. He had been born in Selkirk in 1896 and was the son of James and Agnes Scott of 74 Back Row, Selkirk. and he is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Arras, France. He had worked in the Selkirk Co-op fish shop before going to work as a fishmonger in Peebles. Originally he had joined the 8th Battalion in France but was wounded in July 1916. Upon recovery he was posted to the 8th/10th Battalion in France. He fell in the attack on strong German positions between Monchy and the Scarpe. Ground was gained by the Battalion but with both flanks in the air the attack was halted with 235 casualties. The photos show Allied troops during the Battle.

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