Private William Brown

Private William Brown, 6th ( Service ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He died from wounds in Belgium, aged 20, on the 27th April 1918. He was born in Selkirk in 1898 and was the son of William and Jane Brown of 11 Heatherlie Terrace, Selkirk and is buried in Haringhe ( Bandaghem) Military Cemetery, Flanders, Belgium where his Headstone is inscribed ” Thy Will Be Done “. Before enlisting in May 1916 he had been employed as a compositor with the ” Southern Reporter” newspaper in Selkirk. He joined the Battalion as a signaller in June 1917. It is likely he had been wounded during the German Spring Offensive on the River Lys where the Battalion was involved in heavy fighting and had suffered casualties of 21 Officers and 413 Other Ranks. The photos show Allied troops in defensive positions during the Offensives.

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