Gunner David Scott

Gunner David Wright Scott, 290th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. He was killed in action in Belgium, aged 23, on 31st October 1917 during the Third Battle of Ypres and is buried in Ruisseau Farm Cemetery, Langemark, Flanders, Belgium. He was a baker to trade and lived with his brother in Laburnum Cottage, St Boswells when he enlisted in December 1915. One of the main weapons used was the 9.2 inch howitzer and these were used to destroy trenches and strongpoints which were out of vision and could only be dealt with by plunging fire. The second photograph shows a Howitzer in action near Polygon Wood. They also used the 60 pounder one of which is illustrated here with its new camouflage. These pieces would be used on targets well behind the front lines.

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