Private Thomas Keddie M.M.

Private Thomas Halliday Keddie, M.M., 9th ( Highland), Battalion, Royal Scots. He was killed in France during the Battle of Arras on 18th May 1917, aged 19. He was the son of David and Robina Keddie of 10 Caledonian Road, Edinburgh and had been born in Stow. He is buried in Roeux British Cemetery, Arras, France. His Headstone is inscribed ” Sleep n Beloved Sleep And Take Thy Rest They Miss You Most Who Loved You Best”. At that time the Battalion were occupying front line trenches and were subjected to a continuous bombardment and suffered casualties. The photograph shows troops and a tank in a captured village near Arras. From early 1916 onwards the Battalion was part of the 51st ( Highland ) Division and the photograph shows the very fine Memorial raised to the Division after the War. It was erected in Newfoundland Park on the Somme overlooking “Y” Ravine which was taken when the Division stormed and captured the very strong German positions in Beaumont Hamel in November 1916. A plaque on the front reads in both English and Gaelic ” Friends Are Good On The Day Of Battle”. The photos show troops during the Battle.

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