Private Peter Lillico

Private Peter Marshall Lillico, 1st/7th ( Territorial ) Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. He died from wounds in France on the 16th March 1917 aged 19. He had been born in Selkirk in 1897 and was the son of William and Eliza Lillico of Goslaw Green, Selkirk. He is buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, Aubigny, France where is Headstone is inscribed ” He Died That We Might Live “. Before enlisting in August 1914 ( under age ) he had been employed as an apprentice gardener at Philiphaugh, Selkirk. He was wounded at Beaumont hamel in November 1916 and after a spell in the 3rd Canadian General Hospital in Boulogne he re-joined his Battalion in February 1917. His Battalion was part of the 51st ( Highland ) Division and after the War they were commemorated with a very impressive Memorial. It was erected in Newfoundland Park on the Somme overlooking “Y” Ravine which was captured on 13th November 1916 when the Division stormed and took the very strong German position in Beaumont Hamel ( where Private Lillico was first wounded ).A plaque on the Memorial reads in both English and Gaelic ” Friends Are Good On The Day Of Battle “.

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