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Robert Coutts Gray


WW1 - The Ypres Salient Battlefields, Belgium

48489 Private

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

Age: 32

Date of Death: 22.8.17

Buried: Tyne Cot Memorial Panel11 to 14

Family history: He was married to Margaret and they lived at Thistle Bank, Grangemouth. Before enlisting in April 1915, he was employed as a Clerk.

The action leading to his death

The 22 August found the division preparing for an attack on the German positions at Frezenberg Ridge. For five days prior to the attack, harassing fire was kept up every night by both the artillery and machine-guns and in addition all known strong points had been targeted by the Heavy and Field Artillery. The attack was launched on 22 August at 4.45am under the cover of a creeping barrage and fire from thirty-two machine guns. The Germans very quickly replied with counter fire and with heavy machine gun fire which met the assaulting battalions of the 45th Brigades. On the right of the attack the fate of the leading companies of both the 13th Royal Scots and 11th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders would never be known. Two hours after the attack had started the left front company of the Royal Scots had been reduced to nine men and one Lewis gun team. The few remaining men of the Royal Scots and Argyll’s were rallied in a line north-west from Railway Dump along the road running to Beck House. The Royal Scots made repeated attempts throughout the day to get forward by jumping from shell-hope to shell-hole but without success. The battalion being relieved after dusk on 23 August.

WW1 - The Ypres Salient Battlefields, Belgium
Linesman Map

Medals Awarded

Victory Medal, British Medal

WW1 - The Ypres Salient Battlefields, Belgium

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