Private James Forsyth

Private James Elliot Forsyth, 1st/9th (Highland) Battalion, Royal Scots ( The Dandy Ninth ). He died in France on 18th April 1917 from wounds received in action during the Battle of Arras, aged 21. He was the son of Annie and the late Ralph Forsyth of 1 Seafield, Spittal and is buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, Aubigny, France.  His Headstone is inscribed ” Boy Of My Heart Sweet Memories Of Thee That Shall Not Cease While Thou Art Gone “.His brother Ralph also fell ( see above ). From early 1916 the Battalion  became part of the 51st ( Highland ) Division. After the War a very impressive Memorial was erected to commemorate the Division. It was erected in Newfoundland Park on the Somme over looking “Y” Ravine which was captured when the Division stormed and took the very strong German positions in Beaumont Hamel in November 1916. A plaque at the front of the Memorial reads in both English and Gaelic ” Friends Are Good On The Day Of Battle “.

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