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Private Henry Dow

1st/5th Kings Own Scottish Borderers
Service No: 42101

Henry Dow grave

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Personal details

Family Information

Son of Charles and Alice Dow of 1a Iron Row, Langloan, Coatbridge. Henry left a Will leaving everything to his mother.

Born / Resided

Dumbarton / Coatbridge

Died

Killed in Action 29/07/1918

Enlisted

Hamilton 1914

Employed

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Age

18

Buried / Remembered

Soissons Memorial, Aisne, France

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The original British Expeditionary Force crossed the Aisne in August 1914 a few kilometres west of Soissons, and re-crossed it in September a few kilometres east. For the next three and a half years, this part of the front was held by French forces and the city remained within the range of German artillery. At the end of April 1918, five divisions of Commonwealth forces (IX Corps) were posted to the French 6th Army in this sector to rest and refit following the German offensives on the Somme and Lys. Here, at the end of May, they found themselves facing the overwhelming German attack which, despite fierce opposition, pushed the Allies back across the Aisne to the Marne. Having suffered 15,000 fatal casualties, IX Corps was withdrawn from this front in early July, but was replaced by XXII Corps, who took part in the Allied counter attack that had driven back the Germans by early August and recovered the lost ground. The Soissons Memorial commemorates almost 4,000 officers and men of the United Kingdom forces who died during the Battles of the Aisne and the Marne in 1918 and who have no known grave.

Additional Information

Henry was formerly with the Highland Light Infantry (43637) Possibly Henrys brother Charles listed on the Dundyvan Parish Church Roll of Honour (see photos). See photos for Henrys name on the Soissons Memorial

Photos
  Medal Index Card  newspaper clipping  additional photo

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