Sergeant John Drummond

Sergeant John Drummond, 2nd Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action in France on 3rd September, 1916 during the Battle of the Somme and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. He fell in the abortive attack on the German positions at Falfemont Farm. A French artillery bombardment did not materialise nor did the French attack on the right. The K.O.S.B thus went in alone and unsupported and advanced heroically in broad daylight to almost certain death. The German wire was not breached and the machine guns took an awful toll of the attackers. 8 Officers and 146 Other Ranks were killed and 3 Officers and 137 Other Ranks were wounded. ( The Battalion War diary remained tight lipped about the French failures ). The photos show Scottish troops on the Somme.

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