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6th (Service) Battalion King's Own Scottish Borderers
Service No: 31223

Thomas  Halbert grave





Personal details

Family Information

Son of William and Euphemia of 4e William St, Coatbridge. Younger brother of Private George Halbert of the 6th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders who was Killed in Action on the 09/04/1917. From the 1901 Census - Address - 41 Watts Land, New Monkland - William Halbert aged 45, Euphemia Halbert aged 40, James Halbert aged 13, William Halbert aged 12, George Halbert aged 9, Euphemia R Halbert aged 8, Thomas Halbert aged 4, Archibald Halbert aged 5 months, visitor Agnes Henderson aged 51. Thomas' Pension was awarded to his sister Euphemia c/o Mrs Gow, 34 Montague St, Glasgow on the 21/02/1919.

Born / Resided

Airdrie / 4e William St, Coatbridge.


Died of Wounds 15/08/1918 at the 1st South African Field Ambulance


Coatbridge 1917


Speedwell Shell Works.



Buried / Remembered

La Kreule Military Cemetery (III. B. 15), Hazebrouck, France.

Cemetery / Memorial Information

La Kreule Military Cemetery was opened in April 1918 by the 1st and 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Stations, which came back from Outtersteene ahead of the German advance, and the 17th, which arrived from Lijssenthoek. These three stations, known collectively as "Ana Jana Siding", were posted to the north of La Kreule, but in the middle of April they withdrew to Blendecques, near St. Omer, and the cemetery was then used by heavy artillery and fighting units. In October 1918, the 17th Casualty Clearing Station returned with the 8th and the 64th and the cemetery was closed at the end of the month. The cemetery contains 576 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and 11 German war graves.

Additional Information

The Battalion arrived at Boulogne on the 12/05/1915 and were part of the 27th (Lowland) Brigade, 9th (Scottish) Division when Thomas fell. Thomas was previously with the 2nd Battalion. In the period from the 26th July to the 18th of August 1918 the Battalion and Division were involved in raids and counter-raids. Previous to this the Division had captured Meteren. On Sunday the 4th of August (Anniversary of Britain entering the War) a Parade Service was held in Terdeghem with Lieut-Colonel Smyth of the 6th K.O.S.B in command of the XV Corps. At this time the 9th (Scottish) adopted the practice of distinguishing its personnel by a special mark. This consisted of a white metal thistle on a small circular disc of royal blue cloth worn on the upper part of both arms and the 1st unit to be completed with the sign was the 6th Battalion K.O.S.B. who had the honour of marching past His Majesty the King near La Breade on the 6th August. See Directory for Thomas' younger brother Private George Halbert's page. Thomas is also remembered on the St John's Church Roll of Honour with his brother (see photos). See photos for Thomas' Medal Index Card, his Newspaper clippings x 2, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls, his CWGC Grave Registration x 2, his Headstone Report, La Kreule Military Cemetery, the King's Own Scottish Borderers Cap Badge and Thomas' Pension Records x 3.

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