Private James Monro

Private James Hume Monro, 1st Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers. He died the 8th Casualty Clearing Station in Duisans on 7th May 1917, aged 39, of wounds suffered during the Battle of Arras. He had been born in Stow and was the son of John and Margaret Monro of Cotland Place, Stow. He is buried in Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, France. Before enlisting in November 1915 he had been employed as a tailor in Stow. He was wounded in the attack east of Monchy on 3rd May where the artillery barrage was inadequate and the German defences strongly manned with a plenitude of machine guns which had not been neutralised by the artillery. Consequently the attack failed and cost the Battalion 6 Officers and  27 Other Ranks killed with 3 Officers and 212 Other Ranks wounded. In addition a Further 2 Officers and 57 Other Ranks were posted missing. This was the final act of the Battle of Arras. His Headstone is inscribed ” Until The Day Break And The Shadows Flee Away”. The photos show troops during the Battle.

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