Private William Scott

Private William Scott, 7th ( Service ) Battalion, Cameron Highlanders. He was killed in action in France, aged 36, on the 25th September 1915 on the first day of the Battle of Loos. He had been born in Selkirk in 1879 and was the son of the late Agnes Scott and the brother of Euphemia Scott of Forest Road, Selkirk. ( His brother Robert also fell – see above ). He had been living in Falkirk when he enlisted and landed with his Battalion in France in July 1915. He is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Dud Corner, Loos, France. He fell during the 15th ( Scottish ) Division attack which captured the village of Loos and part of Hill 70. At this point the attack became disorganised and the Germans were able to rally and hold off further advances, The photos show troops attacking through a ghostly cloud of gas and smoke and Loos village after it capture. ( This was the first time the British Army has used gas in the War ) The Artist’s illustration shows a Battalion attack with the pipers to the fore.

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