Private Robert Mitchell

Private Robert Mitchell, 1st/8th ( Territorial ) Battalion, Royal Scots. He was killed in action in France on 11th April 1918 aged 25 during the German Spring Offensive on the River Lys. He had been born in Meggat and was the son of James and Margaret Mitchell of Henderland, Cappercleuch, Yarrow and he is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Dud Corner, Loos, France. At that time the 9th ( Scottish) Division’s front was under continuous pressure from the advancing Germans with the Battalion’s positions south of the Ypres-Comines Canal under intensive shelling with many casualties inflicted. On the 11th a German attack on the positions of the 11th and 12th Royal Scots was repulsed and it may have been here that Private Mitchell fell. Between the 4th and the 21st April the Battalion casualties amounted to 1 Officer and 10 Other Ranks killed and 3 Officers and 54 Other Ranks wounded. In addition 69 Other Ranks were posted missing. The photographs show Allied troops in defensive positions preparing to resist the advancing Germans.

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