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Hugh Rose McIntosh

376676 Private

13th Battalion Royal Scots, 45th Infantry Brigade, 15th (Scottish) Division

Age: 36

Date of Death: 21.8.17

Buried: Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No.3

Family history: Son of Alexander and Jane McIntosh, Kinglassie Terrace, Bo’ness. He had one brother, John, and two sisters, Agnes and Maggie. He was employed as a woodyard worker by Harrower, Welsh & Company who were pitwood importers in Bo’ness.

He enlisted in 1914, and was put on the deferred list. Men were no longer required with deferred enlistment being introduced and the recruits enlisted into the Reserve and sent home on 6d per day. This was increased to 3s per day on 10 September after the Prime Minister Herbert Asquith was compelled to do so because many of the men had already given up their civilian jobs to enlist.

He was called up in February 1916, and joined the 10th Battalion, a reserve Battalion. He went to France in July 1917, and joined the 13th Battalion as part of a draft.

The action leading to his death

The Battalion was moving forward to Frezenberg Ridge in preparation for the attack on 22 August, in what is known in the nomenclature as the Battle of Langemarck. The German artillery were continually shelling the rear areas which resulted in casualties amongst the attacking troops in the assembly areas. Hugh died of wounds he received at the Casualty Clearing Station at Brandhoek.

(Linesman Map)


The British War Medal, Victory Medal

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