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2nd Battalion King's Own Scottish Borderers
Service No: 8012

George McCabe grave





Personal details

Family Information

Son of John and Ellen McCabe of 314 Main St, Coatbridge. George's younger brother Private William McCabe (16835) of the 10th Battalion Highland Light Infantry was Killed in Action on the 25/09/1915 at the Battle of Loos. Both brothers have no known grave. From the 1891 Census - Address - Crookedholm, Kilmarnock - Wm McCabe aged 31 ?, Ellen McCabe aged 29, Ellen McCabe aged 9, George McCabe aged 7, William McCabe aged 5, Michael McCabe aged 3, David McCabe aged 1, George's grandmother Ellen Gilchrist aged 60. From the 1901 Census - Address - 159h Whifflet St, Coatbridge - John McCabe aged 41, Ellen McCabe aged 40, Ellen McCabe aged 19, George McCabe aged 16, William McCabe aged 15, David McCabe aged 11, Catherine McCabe aged 9, John McCabe aged 7, Sarah McCabe aged 5, Michael McCabe aged 2, James McCabe aged 1. George's and his brother William's Pension was awarded to their mother Ellen (listed as Helen).

Born / Resided

Riccarton, Ayrshire / 314 Main St, Coatbridge


Killed in Action on the 23/04/1915 at the Battle of Grafenstafel (part of the Battles of Ypres, 2nd Ypres)




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Buried / Remembered

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 22), West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, often referred to simply as the Menin Gate, bears the names of more than 54,000 soldiers who died before 16 August 1917 and have no known grave. Between October 1914 and September 1918 hundreds of thousands of servicemen of the British Empire marched through the town of Ypres's Menin Gate on their way to the battlefields. The memorial now stands as a reminder of those who died who have no known grave and is perhaps one of the most well-known war memorials in the world. It commemorates casualties from the forces of Australia, Canada, India, South Africa and United Kingdom who died in the Salient. In the case of United Kingdom casualties, only those prior 16 August 1917 (with some exceptions). United Kingdom and New Zealand servicemen who died after that date are named on the memorial at Tyne Cot, a site which marks the furthest point reached by Commonwealth forces in Belgium until nearly the end of the war. New Zealand casualties that died prior to 16 August 1917 are commemorated on memorials at Buttes New British Cemetery and Messines Ridge British Cemetery.

Additional Information

George and the Battalion arrived at Le Havre on the 15/08/1914 and were part of the 13th Brigade, 5th Division. George fell at the Battle of Grafenstafel, 22rd - 23rd April 1915. This was part of the Battles of Ypres, 1915 (2nd Ypres), 22nd April – 25th May 1915 : Often known as the Second Battle of Ypres, this began with surprise German attack using poison gas against French North African forces holding defences near Ypres. Both sides rushed reserves in, and the battle developed into the second epic in that area. British Second Army withdraws to a shorter line near Ypres. See Directory for George's younger brother William's page. George is listed as PRIVATE and 4TH BATTALION on the Memorial. He is also remembered on the Stewarts and Lloyds Roll of Honour (see photos). See photos for George's Medal Index Card, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls, his CWGC Grave Registration, his name on the Menin Gate Memorial Panel List, his name on the Menin Gate, George and his brother William's Pension Records x 3 and the King's Own Scottish Borderers Cap Badge.

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