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9th (Service) Battalion Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Service No: S/4298

George Buchanan Arnott grave





Personal details

Family Information

Son of John and Sarah Arnott of "Braefoot", Armadale Rd, Whitburn, West Lothian, Eldest of 3 boys. One of George's younger brothers worked as a Booking Clerk at the Airdrie North British Station. From the 1901 Census - Address - 9 Ronald St, Coatbridge - Sarah Arnott 32, George Arnott 7, Robert Arnott 5, James Arnott 4. George lived with the Walker family. He enlisted and worked with Private David Walker and Private James Walker who both fell on the opening day of the Battle of Loos. George was wounded and gassed at the Battle. His brother Private Robert Arnott (201907) of the 2nd Battalion Kings Own Scottish Borderers was Killed in Action on the 16/08/1917. He is NOT listed on the Memorial. George's and Robert's Pension was awarded to their grandmother Jessie of Glenview Cottage, Avondale and their father John.

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 77 Burnbank St, Coatbridge with Mr James and Mrs Jessie Walker.


Died on the 28/06/1916 of wounds received on the 27/06/1916


Baird Town Hall, Coatbridge 1914


Locomotive Driver and Fireman at Kipps Works.


23 / DOB - 22/04/1893

Buried / Remembered

Vermelles British Cemetery (IV. A. 9), Pas de Calais, France.

Cemetery / Memorial Information

Vermelles was in German hands from the middle of October 1914 to the beginning of December 1914, when it was recaptured by the French. The cemetery was begun in August 1915 (though a few graves are slightly earlier), and during the Battle of Loos, when the Chateau was used as a dressing station, Plot I was completed. It was laid out and fenced by the Pioneers of the 1st Gloucesters, and known for a long time as "Gloucester Graveyard". The remaining Plots were made by the Divisions (from the Dismounted Cavalry Division onwards) holding the line 1.6 kilometres East of the cemetery until April 1917, and they incorporated a few isolated French graves of October 1914. From April 1917, to the Armistice, the cemetery was closed; but after the Armistice some graves were re-grouped and others were brought in (to Plots II, IV and VI) from the battlefields to the East. There are now over 2134 First World War casualties commemorated in this cemetery. Of these, 198 are unidentified and special memorials are erected to six soldiers from the United Kingdom, known to be buried among them. This cemetery also contains the graves of 11 casualties of other nationalities.

Additional Information

The Battalion arrived at Boulogne on the 08/07/1915 and were part of the 44th Brigade, 15th (Scottish) Division. George arrived 6 days later. George was previously wounded and gassed at Loos in 1915. Here is the The Order of Battle - Battle of Loos 25/9-8/10/1915. Gas release to be made along Divisional Front from 5.50am with Zero hour set for 6.30am. In the first instance, Brigade to secure the German front-line area known as, ‘The Jews Nose’, and then press on to secure the enemy’s second-line east of Loos village. Once these objectives had been captured, surviving troops were to press on and secure Hill 70. The Brigade was to attack with 9th BW right and 8th Seaforth Highlanders left, both supported by 7th Cameron Highlanders. 10th Gordon Highlanders were to be held in reserve. 24/9/1915 Brigade to assembly trenches. ‘A’ Company vanguard. 25/9/1915 5.50am Gas release commenced followed by smoke release. Germany artillery responded immediately fearful of a British attack. At that time the wind changed, and the lethal gas blew back on the troops mustering to go ‘over the top’ at 6.30am, causing significant casualties and confusion. At the appointed time, the Battalion went into the attack and carried its initial objectives under heavy fire, suffering further significant casualties. By 8.30am, troops had begun to assault Hill 70, and later in the day attempts were made to press on to Cite St. Auguste and Dinamentiere. 26/9/1915 Battalion relieved at 1am, and fell back on Mazingarbe, where the roll was called. Twenty-two officers and six hundred and eighty other-ranks failed to answer, having been either killed, wounded or taken prisoner. George and his brother Robert are both remembered on the Whitburn Civic Memorial (as Arnot) and George is remembered on the East Utd Free Church Roll of Honour, on the Maxwell Parish Church and the Kipps Works Rolls of Honour (along with David and James Walker - see photos). See Directory for David and James Walker who also fell and who enlisted and worked with George. See photos for George's Medal Index Card, his Newspaper clippings x 3, information on the National Probate Index in 1917, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls x 2, his CWGC Grave Registration x 2, his Headstone Report x 2, his photo and information on his death from the West Lothian Courier Newspaper on the 21/07/1916, Vermelles British Cemetery, the Black Watch Cap Badge, George and his brother Robert's Pension Records x 4. Finally see photos for Robert Arnott's Medal Index Card, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls and his Grave at Artillery Wood Cemetery, Boezinge, Belgium. Robert's Grave Inscription reads "BELIEVED TO BE BURIED IN THIS CEMETERY" and "THEIR GLORY SHALL NOT BE BLOTTED OUT". George's Grave Inscription reads "SO DEARLY LOVED SO SADLY MISSED".

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