Corporal James McCraw

Corporal James McCraw, 7th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders. He was killed in action on 25th September 1915 on the opening day of the Battle of Loos and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Dud Corner, Loos, France. He was the son of Robert and Margaret McCraw of Redden where Robert was the byreman. His Battalion was part of the 44th Brigade in the 15th ( Scottish ) Division and he fell in that part of the attack which captured the village of Loos and Hill 70. The German Lens Road Redoubt on the flank known as the “Jews Nose” caused many casualties with a crossfire of machine guns. The first photo shows a group of Seaforths in a trench before the Battle with one of their number using a trench periscope to observe the enemy lines. The second shows part of the battlefield looking towards the German front lines where shells are bursting. The third depicts an actual attack with the troops disappearing into the clouds of gas and smoke. This was the first time in the War that the British Army had used gas. The fourth photo shows the village of Loos after its capture.

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