Private William Mauchline

Private William Mauchline, 2nd Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action in France on 9th April 1917 on the first day of the Battle of Arras, aged 24. He had been born in Westruther and was the son of  John and Jessie Mauchline of Houndslow, Westruther and is buried in Quatre-Vents Military Cemetery, Estree-Cauchy, Pas de Calais, France. His Headstone is inscribed ” Asleep In Jesus “. He fell in the successful assault and capture of the major German positions on Vimy Ridge in support of the Canadian Infantry. In Great War terminology casualties for this stunning success were not heavy. 1 Officer and 22 Other Ranks were killed and 1 Officer and 137 Other Ranks were wounded. Many of the casualties were caused by sniper fire. ( Grateful Thanks to Jane Alexander for the photograph of the Headstone ).

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