Private Thomas Riddell

Private Thomas Riddell, 6th ( Service ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed, aged 42, in Belgium on the 2nd November 1915. He had been born in Selkirk in 1873 and was the son of the late Maud Riddell and Thomas Riddell of 3 Inglis Close, Back Row, Selkirk. He was the husband of the late Maud Riddell of Halliday’s Park, Selkirk and is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium. He had been employed as a millworker and was a widower with 5 children. He landed with the Battalion in May 1915, fought at the Battle of Loos but was killed by a sniper on the 2nd November. At that time the Battalion were in front line trenches near Zillebeke in the Ypres Salient and suffered some casualties from sniping and artillery fire.

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