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Private David Russell Baxter

1st Battalion Scots Guards
Service No: 12067

David Russell Baxter grave

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Family Information

Son of James and Mrs Baxter of 283 New Row, Gartsherrie, Coatbridge. Davids brother Private William Baxter of the 7th Battalion Cameron Highlanders was Killed in Action on the 20/07/1916 (see index). Davids twin brother James was with the Scots Guards for 15 months before transferring to the Army Reserve ( munitions work )

Born / Resided

Kilsyth / Police Cottages, Port Rodie, Stranraer

Died

Killed 16/09/1916 at High Wood by an enemy shell, Somme, France

Enlisted

Stranraer Police Station /08/1914

Employed

Police Constable in Stranraer

Age

24

Buried / Remembered

Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The memorial commemorates more than 72,000 men of British and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 and have no known grave, the majority of whom died during the Somme offensive of 1916. On the high ground overlooking the Somme River in France, where some of the heaviest fighting of the First World War took place, stands the Thiepval Memorial. Towering over 45 metres in height, it dominates the landscape for miles around. It is the largest Commonwealth memorial to the missing in the world. On 1 July 1916, supported by a French attack to the south, 13 divisions of Commonwealth forces launched an offensive on a line from north of Gommecourt to Maricourt. Despite a preliminary bombardment lasting seven days, the German defences were barely touched and the attack met unexpectedly fierce resistance. Losses were catastrophic and with only minimal advances on the southern flank, the initial attack was a failure. In the following weeks, huge resources of manpower and equipment were deployed in an attempt to exploit the modest successes of the first day. However, the German Army resisted tenaciously and repeated attacks and counter attacks meant a major battle for every village, copse and farmhouse gained. At the end of September, Thiepval was finally captured. The village had been an original objective of 1 July.

Additional Information

David was Killed instantaneously by a bursting of a shell. Also remembered in the St Augustines Parish (book) and Albert St Congregational Church Rolls of Honour. See photos for Davids name on the Thiepval Memorial

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