Private Thomas Redpath

Private Thomas Kyle Telfer Redpath, 1st Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action in Belgium during the Battle of Third Ypres on 16th August 1917, aged 31 and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Flanders, Belgium. He was the son of the late Robert Redpath and the husband of Annie Mitchell Redpath of 8 Kirkstile, Hawick.  After working as a butchers boy he enlisted in the 2nd Battalion, K.O.S.B. in 1908. He was wounded in the retreat from Mons and again in April 1915 before being posted to the 1st K.O.S.B. and sent to Gallipoli as part of 29th Division. He fell during that part of the Offensive called the “Battle of Langemarck” which was described as a complete success with all objectives taken and many Germans captured. 1 Officer and 25 Other Ranks were killed and 5 Officers and 71 Other Ranks wounded.  This action was notable for two Borderers winning the Victoria Cross, C.S.M. Skinner of ” A ” Coy. and C.Q.M.S. Grimbaldeston of ” B ” Coy. The photos show troops during the early stages of the Battle.

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