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 had been born in Jedburgh and was the son of James and the late Joan Scott of Jedburgh.  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  photograph shows a Howitzer on show in the Imperial War Museum. They also used the 60 pounder one of which is illustrated below.. These pieces would be used on targets well behind the front lines.

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