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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2017 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Alexander Alick Harrison
Birth Place: Barrhead, Renfrews
Residence: Barrhead, Renfrews
Death Date: 29 Sep 1918
Death Place: France and Flanders
Enlistment Place: Stirling
Rank: Private
Regiment: Princess Louise's (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders)
Battalion: 2nd Battalion
Regimental Number: S/22987
Type of Casualty: Killed in action Cambri
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre;
The Son of George and Jeannie Harrison of 147 Main street Barrhead: Harrison- In loving and affectionate remembrance of our dear son and brother Pte Alexander Harrison (Alick) 2nd Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, killed in action near Cambri on 29th Sept 1918 age 18 and 11 months :- so dearly loved so sadly missed by Father Mother Sister and Brothers 147 Main street Barrhead 1921
Alick is commemorated at Villers Hill British Cemetery, Villers-Guislain Burial :Plot: I. B. 23. Villers-Guislain, Departement du Nord, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France.
Villers Hill British Cemetery contains 732 Commonwealth war graves from World War I. Of these, 350 are unidentified. There are also 13 German war graves on this cemetery
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William Henderson
Gender: Male
Rank: Private
Regimental Number: 4666
Regiment Princess Louise's (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders)
Battalion- 1st 6th Batt B Coy
Birth Date: 14 Nov 1897
Birth Place: Nitshill, Glasgow
Enlistment Date: 14 Dec 1914
Death Date: 29 Dec 1916
Death Place: La Bassée Canal, Givenchy
Additional Information: Eldest Son of James Smith. and Annie Henderson, of Main street Nitshill Manager of Hurlet and Nitshill Co-op, William was Educated at Levern school, He was employed as a warehouse man with the Scottish Wholesale Society Ltd Glasgow, William joined the Argylls in Dec 1914.
He was appointed one of the police of his battalion in Falkirk 1915 and later selected by his Captain to be his orderly and dispatch rider, After which he acted as an orderly to Captain Porteus in the same Battalion. William served with the Expedinoary Force in France and Flanders from Aug 1st 1916, being for a time attached to an entrenching battalion, He rejoined his own battalion on 28th Nov 1916. The battalion was attached to the 5th DIvsion in the Festubert Givenchy section,He was killed in Action at la Bassee' canal Givenchy 29th DEC 1916 ; Buried in the British cemetery at Gorre. William was the grandson of the late Wm Henderson for many years president of Kilbirnie Co-op Society :-
Remember him who yields himself, a Soldier and a man- With Martial cloak around him- he sleeps somewhere in France- Than ground forever Scotland- The place where Willie sleeps.
The following lines inserted by his Uncle and Aunt and Cousins in sorrowful and everlasting sympathy with his bereaved parents.
William is commemorated at Grave Reference: III. D. 22. Cemetery: Gorre British and indian cemetery And Barrhead South church.
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James Kelly
Birth Place: Barrhead
Residence: Barrhead, Renfrewshire
Death Date: 3 May 1917
Death Place: France and Flanders
Enlistment Place: Paisley
Rank: Private
Regiment: Royal Scots Fusiliers
Battalion: 1st Battalion
Regimental Number: 25433
Type of Casualty: Died
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre;
Kelly - In remembrance of Private James Kelly, R,S,F. Killed in action at Arras 3 rd May 1917: One of the unreturning heroes, Father P Kelly 2 Glen street Barrhead.
James has no known grave and is commemorated at the Arras memorial bay 5 Pas de Calais France.
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James Law
Birth Place: Nitshill, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Residence: Nitshill
Death Date: 27 Mar 1918
Death Place: France and Flanders
Enlistment Place: Glasgow
Rank: Private
Regiment: Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Battalion: 7th Battalion
Regimental Number: S/13329
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre.
Additional Information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. James Law, of 1, Unitas Buildings, Nitshill, Glasgow - Law in loving memory of John Law who died 9th dec 1917 : also his sister Agnes who died through accident on 18th Dec 1918, And private James Law Cameron's who was killed in action on 7th March 1918. How bright these Glorious spirits shine Insert By their Father -Mother and sister Hurlet
James is commemorated on Panel Reference: Bay 9. Arras France and Flanders Memorial. James was a Nitshill lad and is commemorated on the Nitshill war memorial, He was a parishioner of Levern Church Waterside, Now demolished, whose war memorial has been relocated to the Barrhead South and levern Church.
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Andrew Law
Birth Place: Nitshill, Renfrewshire
Death Date: 15 Nov 1915
Death Place: France and Flanders
Enlistment Place: Barrhead, Lanarkshire
Rank: Private
Regiment: Seaforth Highlanders
Battalion: 8th Battalion
Regimental Number: S/2661
Type of Casualty: Killed in action age 25
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre.
Information: late Son of George and Margaret Law, of Howden's Land, Nitshill, Glasgow. No one knows the silent ache, Only those who lost can tell, of the grief that's born in silence for the son we loved so well insert by sorrowing mother, brothers and sisters
Andrew is Commemorated on Panel 112 to 115. Loos Memorial Loos-en-Gohelle, Departement du Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France. Andrew was a Nitshill lad and is commemorated on the Nitshill war memorial, He was a parishioner of Levern Church Waterside, Now demolished, whose war memorial has been relocated to the Barrhead South and levern Church.
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Matthew Law
Birth Place: Nitshill, Renfrewshire
Residence: Nitshill
Death Date: 19 Aug 1918
Death Place: France and Flanders
Enlistment Place: Glasgow
Rank: Private
Regiment: Cameronian (Scottish Rifles)
Battalion: 10th Battalion
Regimental Number: 41287
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre
Comments: Formerly 3569, Glasgow Yeo.
Law - In loving memory of my beloved son Pte Matthew Law 10th Scottish Rifles, Killed in action in France 19th Aug 1918-
Three years have passed and none can tell, The loss of one we loved so well. better in heaven- better than here ,only we miss you Matthew dear. by his Mother (Jane) Brothers and sisters Dunlop street Nitshill.
Matthew is commemorated on Vis-en-Artois British Cemetery Panel 6 Haucourt, Departement du Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France, was a Nitshill lad and is commemorated on the Nitshill war memorial, He was a parishioner of Levern Church Waterside, Now demolished, whose war memorial has been relocated to the Barrhead South and levern Church.
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Alexander Logan
Birth Place: Barrhead, Renfrews
Residence: Barrhead, Renfrews
Death Date: 10 Oct 1918
Death Place: France and Flanders
Enlistment Place: Glasgow, Lanarks
Rank: Private
Regiment: Princess Louise's (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders)
Battalion: 2nd Battalion
Regimental Number: S/9121
Type of Casualty: Died of wounds age 35
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre
The son of Agnes Logan, of Carlton, Barrhead, Glasgow, and the late William Logan.
Alexander is commemorated at Grave Reference: I. A. 8. Selridge British Cemetery Montay Departement du Nord Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France, And on the family stone at Neilston Cemetery.
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Robert Daniel Murray
Birth Place:Trinity Gask 16th December 1895
Death Date: 26 Oct 1915
Death Place: France and Flanders
Enlistment Place: Glasgow
Rank: Private
Regiment: Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Battalion: 9th (Service) Battalion
Regimental Number: S/6564
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre.
The Son of Alexander Murray of Mount saterland Nitshill Renfrewshire, Late Head of Trinity Gask public school Perthshire, And son of Jeanie, Daughter of John Morrison , A Merchant, Duntocher.
Robert was educated at Trinity Gask public school and Queens Park High school Glasgow, Robert was training as a chartered accountant, Attached to the firm Davidson and Wellman Chartered accountants Glasgow. Robert Volunteered and enlisted on the 10th of November 1914 ( 6 days after the start of the war) He was in France by the beginning of July 1915, And was killed near Loos and was buried on the battle field.
Robert D Murray 1901 census
Age 5
Estimated Birth Year abt 1896
Relationship Son
Father's Name Alexander Murray
Mother's Name Jeanie Murray
Gender Male
Where born Trinity Gask, Perthshire
Civil parish Trinity Gask
County Perthshire
Address Schoolhouse
Household Members
Name Age
Alexander Murray 59
Jeanie Murray 45
Elizabeth F Murray 21
James W Murray 12
Archibald S Murray 10
Robert D Murray 5
Findlay Murray 3
Robert is commemorated at the Loos memorial Loos-en-Gohelle
Departement du Pas-de-Calais Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
Plot: Panel 78 to 83. and on the Levern Church war memorial housed in the Barrhead South and levern Church Main street Barrhead. And also commemorated on the Nitshill and Hurlet war memoria
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Andrew McIndoe
Birth Place: Barony, Lanark
Death Date: 19 Dec 1916
Death Place: Balkans
Enlistment Place: Glasgow
Rank: DVR.
Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery
Battalion: 4th Highland (Mountain) Brigade. [RGA - (TF)]
Regimental Number: 300366
Type of Casualty: Died
Theatre of War: Balkan Theatre
Comments: Formerly 1310, 4Th Low. How. Bde., R.F.A.
Andrew is commemorated at Sarigol Military Cemetery Kristoni, Regional unit of Kilkis, Central Macedonia, Greece Plot: C. 428.
And Barrhead South and Levern Church main street Barhead
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Robert Ritchie
Birth Place: Neilston(Parish) , Renfrewshire
Death Date: 7 Aug 1915
Death Place: France and Flanders
Enlistment Place: Barrhead, Renfrews
Rank: Private
Regiment: Princess Louise's (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders)
Battalion: 1st 6th Battalion
Regimental Number: 2038
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre.
Evening Times reported Robert Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 1st 6th Battalion as killed in action on the 7th Aug 1915 in the 14th August paper issue on page 3 Then 13th Aug Gave him of Highland Cyclists Page 3 with photo :
Barrhead news- Deaths In loving memory of Pte Robert Richie A&SH (Cyclist section ) who was killed in Action 7th Aug 1915 age 19 years ;- Died in the pride of his youth and his glory, Far from his home and the land of his birth, none near to mourn him, save willows that are weeping, Mantling the place where a hero lies sleeping. Inserted by his chums:
The son of William and Jeanie Richie 11 Stewart Street Barrhead Father- Mother- Sister and Brother at Stewart Street.
More Barrhead Killed Intimation has been received by Mr and Mrs Ritchie, 11 Stewart Street Barrhead, Of the death in France of their eldest Son Private Robert Ritchie, of the 51st Cyclist Company. Pte Richie was only 19 years of age, but he was unusually well developed, standing over six feet in height and weighing over 13 stone. He was a member of the local territorial company of the A.&S Hrs when the war begun, and was at once mobilised and proceeded to Bedford, From thence he went to France and was transferred to the 51st Cyclist Company of the Highland division. He was a quiet, steady young man, and much sympathy will be felt for his parents. Prior to enlisting he was employed in the Giffonck pits.
Writing to Mrs Richie an officer of the company (Lieut. Alex P. Taylor) says:- “ It is with the sincerest regret that I announce the sad news of your Son’s death, Which occurred in the trenches here this morning about fife o’clock. he was doing his turn of duty as sentry in one of the traverses when he was hit on the forehead with a sniper’s bullet. He died almost instantaneously.I was in a dugout just a few yards away and his corporal came to me at once, But by the time I ran the few yards away he was dead. It will be a consolation to you to know he could not have suffered no pain, As he uttered no sound. He has died a true Soldier’s death, doing his duty for King and country- The most glorious death of all. We feel his loss very much, as he was one of our best men, quiet and reserved , but ever ready and willing to perform any task asked of him. Some of his comrades broke down altogether on hearing the news, and a general feeling of sadness prevails us all. to you I extend on behalf of the officers and men of the 51st Cyclist company our sincerest sympathy and deep regret. he is buried in a pretty little cemetery in a valley just behind the lines.I am unable to communicate the name of it at present, But it will be made known to you later.” A younger brother is at present training with the 3rd 6th A&SH . it might be of interest to add that at the time of intimation of Private Richie’s death was received by his parents they had visiting them Serg John Lochhead of the 13th Batt Australian imperial forces, the body which at such tremendous cost distinguished itself at the first forcing of a landing in the Dardanelles. Serg Lochhead is a native of Glasgow, but has been in the colony since his boyhood and is a cousin of Mrs Lochead. He passed through the first terrible phase of the Gallipoli landing]unscathed, and saw a month of the fight waged by the Allies to secure a grip on Turkish territory, But in a later stage he was wounded in no less than 13 places. he had been in a English hospital, and was in Scotland on a fortnight’s leave. But reports himself to London again this week. Aug 20th 1915 shawlands Advertiser;
Robert is commemorated at Peronne Road Cemetery Maricourt
Departement de la Somme Picardie, France Plot: I. F. 37. And on the South and levern Church Barrhead.
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James Rennie
Birth: 23rd Oct 1893 Rothesay Bute
Residence: resided Barrhead Oldbarrhill 1901
Death Date: 1917 April 9th
Death Place: France and Flanders
Enlistment Place: Elisted in Canada age 22 and 5 months April 14th 1916 at Dubdas Ontario Canada
Rank: Private
Regiment: Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment). Age: Unknown.
Battalion:
Regimental Number: 785156
Type of Casualty: Killed in action age 24
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre.Vimy Ridge
Son of Robert Rennie Farm servant -Ploughman and Jeanie Rennie : Next of Kin Mother Jean 263 main street Barrhead,
James was a butcher to trade, Lived at Hamilton Ontario :
Press reported "Barrhead soldier killed Pte James Rennie of the Canadians who was reported wounded and missing on 9th April has now been officially reported Killed Pte Rennie was 24 years of age and the only son of the late Mr Robert Rennie and Mrs Rennie of 2634 Main street Barrhead, He had been in Canada for 5 years and before joning the forces was employed with the Armour Packing company of Hamilton Canada."
Photos-. James Rennie is the Soldier on the right and Ronald MacKinnon is on the left. Both soldiers were killed at the Battle of Vimy Ridge, April 9-10, 1917. James Rennie was the son of Mrs. Jean Rennie, Barrhead, Scotland.
The other picture is of James Parents Robert and Jean Rennie.
James is commemorated on the Vimy memorial Departement du Pas-de-Calais Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France Plot: Final resting place unknown. Name listed on the Vimy memorial. James is commemorated at Nitshill and Hurlet War memorial and the South and levern Church main street Barrhead.
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Robert Smith
Birth Place: Dungannon, Co. Waterford Ireland
Residence: Nitshill, Lanarkshire
Death Date: 9 Apr 1917
Death Place: France and Flanders
Enlistment Place: Paisley, Renfrewshire
Rank: Sapper
Regiment: Royal Engineers
Regimental Number: 420355
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre
Comments: 406 Th Field Coy., R.E.
Smith - "In loving memory of our dear son, 420355 Sapper Robert Smith 1st Renfrewshire Field Company, Royal Engineers youngest and dearly beloved son of the late Thomas Smith and Mrs Smith Victoria Rd Nitshill who was killed in action in France 9th April 1917 Buried in St Nicholas British Cemetery near arras" Insert in the Barrhead news by his Mother Margaret and Brother 1921.Family included Brother John and Brother Pte Samuel No 252477 Sisters Minnie Beckett- Lizzie McIntrye- Sarah Campbell.
Robert is commemorated at St. Nicolas British Cemetery St-Nicolas Departement du Pas-de-Calais Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France Grave Reference: I. A. 10 and Commemorated at South and Levern Parish Church Barrhead, and the Nitshill war memorial at his home village in Renfrewshire.
Catherine and St. Nicolas are villages and districts in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais, adjoining the city of Arras on the north side. Ste. Catherine lying to the west, and St. Nicolas to the east of the N37 road to La Targette and Souchez.
St. Nicolas British Cemetery lies along a footpath to the south of the Rue D'Enfer, which joins the road to Roclincourt.
From March 1916 to the Armistice, the village of St. Nicolas was occupied by Commonwealth forces and for much of that time it was within the range of German artillery fire. The cemetery was started in March 1917 and used by the divisions and field ambulances stationed there until October 1918.
St Nicolas British Cemetery contains 364 First World War burials.
The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.
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David Steven
Birth Place: Dunlop St. Nitshill, Steven Property Renfrewshire 1885
Residence: Dunlop St., Nitshill
Trade- Contractor Carter
Death Date: 28 Oct 1917
Death Place: France and Flanders
Enlistment Place: Paisley
Rank: Gunner
Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery
Regimental Number: 117242
Type of Casualty: Died of wounds
Death Place: No 22 Casualty Clearing Station France.
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre
Nitshill soldier Killed:- "Mrs (Elizabeth Law )Steven, of Dunlop street Nitshill, has received official notification of the death of her Husband, Gunner David Steven of the Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery -Which occurred at a Casualty Clearing station, France.
He enlisted in Sept 1916 and in his civil life he carried on a carting contractors business in Nitshill."
The Grand Son of James Steven (born Kilwinning 1823) and Margaret Steven (Born Kilwinning 1831).By Mother Margaret born 1852 Kilwinning ( a Dairymaid), The family moved to Nitshill where David was born 1885, By age 16 he was a Carter to trade. He must have been successful in business as he left his wife Elizabeth £143 19s 7 d in his will after his death. Elizabeth and David where married 9th June 1916 - Elizabeth lost her Husband and brother Matthew during WW1.
David is commemorated at Bruay Communal Cemetery Extension
Burial Plot: K. 46 Bruay-la-Buissiere, Departement du Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France, And on the Nitshill and Hurlet war memorial, As a member of the Levern Church he is commemorated on the war memorial now housed in the South and levern Church Barrhead main street since the closure of the Levern Church.
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William Young
Birth Place: Abbey, Renfrewshire 1884
Death Date: 17 Oct 1918
Death Place: France and Flanders
Enlistment Place: Barrhead, Renfrewshire
Rank: Private
Regiment: Princess Louise's (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders)
Battalion: 1st 6th Battalion
Regimental Number: 251887
Type of Casualty: Killed in action age 34
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre.
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Surname: Young
Age: 33
Index Number of Admission: 15539
Rank: Private
Service Number: 251887
Years Service: 3 years
Months With Field Force: 2 years 6 months
Ailment: Pleurisy
Date of Transfer From Sick Convoy: 06/10/1917
Number of Days Under Treatment: 51
Notes written in the Observations Column: Date of discharge 26/11/1917. Coulter. Hospital Ship Pieter de Connick. C Depot.
Religion: Presbyterian
Regiment: Argyll And Sutherland Highlanders
Battalion: 1/6th (Renfrewshire) Battalion
The Son of Thomas Young and Margaret Kilgour Young.
Young - In memory of my dear brother. Private William Young killed in France on 17th Oct 1918
"Thinking of you dear Brother, Thinking of the past, Pleasuring you in memory Just as I saw you last. Gone but not forgotten" Inserted by his brother inlaw and sister: Mr and Mrs James Young 8 Dovecothall.
"In a distant land a volley rings, a bugle sounds farewell. a little cross a passing flower. Mark where our brother fell."
Inset by his Sister and Brother-in law- Mr & Mrs McGuire 6 Darnley rd Barrhead Renfrewshire.
"When I think of all the changes, The passing years have brought, I am glad the world that holds you now, is the World that changes not,"
Insert by Mother and Brother Alex Of 6 Darnley road Barrhead.
Mrs Ellen Young 8 Dovecotthall st Barrhead Received official intimation that her Husband Pte Wm Young 1st 6th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders was killed in action on 17th Oct- Pte Young who was 34 years of age , Joined the Army in Oct 1914 and before that time was an employee of messers Perry Hope , Nitshill, He leaves a widow and five of a family.
William married Helen Rose McCue Apr 1908 at 50 Wellington St. Blythswood, Glasgow -In 1921 she married Alexander Sinclair
on the 13 Dec 1921 at the Congregational Church, Barrhead.
William is commemorated at Iwuy Communal Cemetery Iwuy
Departement du Nord Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
Plot: A. 31. and at the Barrhead South and levern Church on the memorial from the old levern Church.
Iwuy is a commune in the department of the Nord, about 20 kilometres north-east of Cambrai on the N30. The Communal Cemetery is sited on the "Rue du 4 Septembre", and the Commonwealth war graves are located on the west side of the French Monument erected in the cemetery, about 100 yards from the cemetery entrance.
Iwuy was occupied by British troops in the middle of October 1918. Iwuy Communal Cemetery was extended by German troops during their occupation; but the Extension was acquired by the commune after the Armistice, and the German military graves (with 21 French) were removed to other cemeteries. The British Plot was made by the 51st (Highland) Division in October 1918 and eleven British graves were brought in from among the German after the Armistice.
There are now over 100 World War II and a small number of World War II Commonwealth casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, almost 10 from the 1914-18 War are unidentified and special memorials are erected to two Canadian soldiers buried among them. The Cemetery covers an area of 380 square metres.
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John Yuill
Birth Place: Stirling, Stirlingshire
Residence: Barrhead, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Death Date: 15 Apr 1917
Death Place: France and Flanders
Enlistment Place: Stirling
Rank: Private
Regiment: Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
Battalion: 5th Battalion
Regimental Number: S/23436
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre
Battles Of Arras - First Battle Of The Scarpe - 09/04/1917
Location: 9th (Scottish) Division Memorial, Point du Jour. Allied victory, part of a large Allied offensive to break through German front lines and attack reserves of troops and materials. British advance before dawn and through inclement (sleet, snow, strong winds) weather.
The primary objective on the first day of the offensive was the Observation Ridge north of the Cambrai ??Arras road. Secondary objectives were the village of Feuchy plus the German second and third trench lines.
South of the road, a trench known as the Monchyriegel was the main objective but Devil's Wood, Tilloy-des-Mofflaines and the Bois-de-Boeufs had to be taken first. The Monchyriegel ran between Wancourt and Feuchy and was an important supply route and key element of the German trench system in the area.
Germans taken by surprise and by the end of 10th April all of the objectives had been taken except the Monchyriegel and trenches around the fortified village of Neuville-Vitasse. On the north bank of the River Scarpe, 9th (Scottish) Division on the right of XVII Corps attack, had as their the objectives the German third line defences, from the Point du Jour to the north bank of the River Scarpe - moving through to fourth line defences at the eastern edge of Athies.
All three brigades were in the line, 27th Brigade on the left, 12th Royal Scots and 6th King's Own Scottish Borderers the lead battalions, South African Brigade in the centre, 3rd South African Infantry and 4th South African Infantry the lead battalions and 26th Brigade on the right, 7th Seaforth Highlanders and 8th Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) the lead battalions. All the battalions secured the initial objective, the Black Line without any real difficulties, only 7th Seaforth Highlanders meeting any serious resistance, first at the Island near Blagny and then whilst clearing the village of Athies.
Moving through to the Blue Line, the line of the Arras-Lens Railway, a few more pockets of resistance were encountered, the Divisional Artillery assisting 26th Brigade to clear the Railway Triangle and 27th Brigade coming under machine-gun fire from the Railway and Maison Blanche Wood. 5th Cameron Highlanders and 10th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders moving through in 26th Brigade, 1st South African Regiment and 2nd South South African Regiment moved through for South African Brigade as the Division advanced to the Brown Line, from Athies to the Point du Jour.
Which was secured without resistance as the Germans fell away in full retreat in front of them, 9th Division passing through to attack the Green Line. Passing through 4th Division, 27th Brigade and South African Brigade attempted to continue the attack towards Roeux on 12th April, with little success but heavy casualties.
A memorial to the part played by 9th (Scottish) Division in the First Battle of the Scarpe was erected near Point du Jour in 1922.
Johns Father brothers and sisters where from 8 Dovecotthall street Barrhead Renfrewshire.
John is commemorated at Arras Memorial Plot: Bay 9. Arras, Departement du Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France and at Home at the Barrhead South and levern Church on the memorial from the old levern Church.
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