Private Robert Scott

Private Robert Scott, 1st/4th ( Border ) Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He died in Palestine on 17th November 1917, aged 20 from wounds received in action. He was the son of Robert and Helen Charters Scott of 6 Hall Street, Galashiels and is buried in Deir El Belah War Cemetery, Israel. He was a native of Newtown St Boswells. It is likely he was wounded on the 13th November in the fighting for the Turkish positions in the village of El Mughar which was captured after some fierce hand to hand combat. Hundreds of prisoners were taken along with artillery pieces and machine guns.  4 Officers and 31 Other Ranks were killed and 9 Officers and 138 Other Ranks were wounded. The photos show Borderers in Palestine in late 1917. The three soldiers are Alec Lawrie, Willie Cockburn and Jim Murray all of whom had played football for Coldstream F.C. Jim Murray went on to win a Scottish Amateur Cup winners medal with Coldstream in 1925.

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