Joined Nov 15 2008
During the course of researching my family history i've become very interested in the histories of my relatives who were all born in Bo'ness or carriden, and who served during WW1. Predominantly most served with the Royal Scots, and my Grandfather Thomas Grant 345153 served with the 1/8 Royal Scots before being transferred out to the HLI, during his service with the HLI he was wounded, injured or incapacitated in some way after which he was transferred to the Labour corps, and then RAOC. Sadly his service records have been destroyed, but i do have various documents that were in his possesion at the time of his demobilisation. As is the case with many who served he never ever spoke of his experiences, and so with his service records destroyed, has been very hard piecing his service together, a member on this site George Souness, has been a great help in that respect... THANK YOU George.
My Grandmothers brother, my Gt Uncle 3219 later 250912 Alexander Forbes who has a photo on this site joined the 5th Royal Scots in Feb 1915, he was posted overseas on the 8th Dec 1916 with the now almalgamated 5th and 6th bns who had become the 5/6th Bn Royal Scots. On the 5th Feb 1917 he was wounded by a GSW to the left leg at or near Bertrancourt, after a period of hospitalisation, and convelesance in the UK he was again posted back to the 5/6th, but before leaving the IBD at etaples was transferred and posted to the 13th Bn Royal Scots, joining the 13th in the field on the 11 Aug 1917, one month and two days later he was killed in the area of Roeux, near the infamous chemical works, i have copies of the trench maps showing the positions of the companies of the battalion within the trench system of the area. He is buried in the nearby Level Crossing British Cemetery, at Fampoux.
I have researched many of my extended family, some KIA some survived, but all of whom have earned my greatest respect for the sacrifice they made during those horrific years, which the likes of myself even having researched so much, could never begin to understand the the horrors they witnessed and were subjected to. Their names liveth forever more.