Private John Scott

Private John Scott, 1st/9th ( Highland ) Battalion, Royal Scots. He was killed in action, aged 19, in France on the 22nd April 1918 during the German Spring Offensive on the River Lys. He had been born in Selkirk in 1898 and was the son of John and Elizabeth Scott of Castle Street, Selkirk and 16 Dalgety Avenue, Abbeyhill, Edinburgh. He is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Dud Corner, Loos, France. He had been employed as an apprentice printer in the Edina Works, Easter Road, Edinburgh when he enlisted in a Training Battalion in March 1917. In March 1918 he was posted to the 12th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry and then transferred to the 9th Royal Scots. His Battalion was part of the 51st ( Highland ) Division and after the War an impressive Memorial was raised in its commemoration. It was erected overlooking “Y” Ravine in Newfoundland Park on the Somme which was taken when the Division stormed the strong German positions in Beaumont Hamel. A plaque on the Memorial reads in both English and Gaelic ” Friends Are Good On The Day Of Battle”. The photos show Allied troops during the German Offensives.

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