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CENTENARY COMMEMORATION VISIT TO SOMME BATTLEFIELDS DOCUMENTED

A new video documenting the King’s Own Scottish Borderers (KOSB) Association’s commemorative trip to the Somme in October 2016 can now be viewed.

Veterans of the regiment were joined by current soldiers from its successor battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland (1 SCOTS), and children of service personnel from Queen Victoria School in Dunblane on the five day visit.

The group of 39 reflected on the tragedy at the spot where soldiers of the KOSB laid down their lives exactly one hundred years before, paying their respects by laying poppy wreaths.

Included in the group was Liz Howard-Thornton, whose great-grandfather was killed in an attack during the Somme on 3 September. His Battalion, 2nd KOSB, suffered 187 casualties within one hour.

As a tribute to her late relative and all those who sacrificed their life from the 2nd KOSB, Liz brought a metre high engraved wooden cross that was planted on the edge of the woodline.

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The engraved wooden cross that now stands on the Somme battlefield.

You can watch a video of the trip below: