Private John Thomson

Private John Porteous Thomson, 17th ( Service ) Battalion, Royal Scots. He died in Belgium, aged 30, on the 8th October 1918 from wounds suffered in action during the ” Advance to Victory”. He had been born in Selkirk in 1888 and was the son of Agnes and the late George Thomson of Peatlaw View, Selkirk and he is buried in Lijssenhoek Military Cemetery, Flanders, Belgium. He had been employed as a warehouseman and was living in Bonnyrigg when he enlisted in the 1st/1st Lothian and Border Horse in October 1915. He was then posted to the 5th/6th Royal Scots in France and then to the 17th R.S. in September 1917. He died from his wounds in the 62nd Casualty Clearing Station at Lijssenhoek. He had been a well known athlete and was a member of the Galashiels and Edinburgh Northern Harriers. The photos show Allied troops advancing in the final 100 days of the War.

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