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John Markie

Tancrez Farm. Ploegsteert. Ypres Salient. Flanders. Falkirk District
Sergeant John Markie. Authors image

8349 Sergeant

6th Battalion King’s Own Scottish Borderers, 28th Infantry Brigade, 9th (Scottish) Division

Age: 23

Date of Death: 29.3.16

Buried: Tancrez Farm Cemetery I.F.6

Family: Son of Oliver and Margaret Markie, 145 Orchard Street, Falkirk. He had five sisters. Prior to enlisting as a regular he was employed as a moulder. He went to France on 15 August 1914 as a Private and was later promoted to Sergeant.

The action leading to his death

The battalion was in the line at Le Bizet located to the south of Ploegsteert. The War Diary reports that it was fairly quiet on their front but that the Germans spent the morning firing 200 rounds of 4.2 inch shells to knock out an 18 pounder battery located west of Lys Farm. While in the trenches they were working at night repairing and strengthening the wire in front of their trench and this work was harassed by enemy rifle and machine gun fire and this caused causalities.

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Medals Awarded:

1914 Star and Clasp, The British War Medal, Victory Medal.

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