Private George Robertson

Private George Robertson, 6th Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action in France on 25th September 1915, aged 30 on the first day of the Battle of Loos. He was the brother of Henry Robertson of Bonny View, St Boswells and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Dud Corner, Loos, France. He fell in the disastrous assault on the village of Haisnes which got no further than ” Madagascar Trench “. No gains were made and the Battalion lost 11 Officers and 358 Other Ranks killed or missing and 8 Officers and 272 Other Ranks wounded or gassed. No Officer escaped unscathed. Sheer bravery was not enough against machine guns and uncut barbed wire. His late father, James Robertson, had been a mason in St Boswells. The first picture shows part of the battlefield looking towards the German front lines and the second shows an actual attack with the troops disappearing into ghostly clouds of smoke and gas. This was the first time in the War that the British Army had used gas.

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