Private James Laidler

Private James Laidler, ( Kings Own Scottish Borderers ) He is listed with the 5th Battalion, Black Watch and died of wounds on 26th February 1945 aged 18. suffered during the advance into Germany. He was the son of Robert and Mary Laidler of Laurel Terrace, St. Boswells and 8 Oxford Terrace, Edinburgh. ( He may have originally enlisted in the K.O.S.B and been transferred into the Black Watch ). He is buried in Milsbeek War Cemetery, Netherlands. From 6th February 1945 there were weeks of  fighting in the Reichswald in Germany and it is likely Private Laidler was wounded during one of these actions. His Headstone is inscribed ” To Memory Ever Dear, Not Lost Only Gone Before”. ( The Headstone photograph is by courtesy of Des Phillipet ).

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