AS Peeblesshire prepares to mark the centenary of the Great War ending, the Royal Scots Regimental Trust has uploaded the names and details of all of their soldiers killed during the conflict.

A total of 11,313 Royal Scots made the ultimate sacrifice as war raged between 1914 and 1918.

And hundreds of those who perished were from the Borders.

Among the listed are 60 soldiers from Galashiels, 47 from Peebles, 44 from Hawick, 32 from Selkirk, 20 from Innerleithen, 18 from Walkerburn and 12 from Melrose.

Many more who enlisted from Kelso, Jedburgh, Duns, Coldstream, Eyemouth and the villages in between also died on the far off battlefields.

The Royal Scots served in most of the campaigns of the First World War, from the Western Front to Bulgaria. David Harkness from Peebles and James Hogg from Galashiels both died on July 1, 1916.

Private Harkness, a 21-year-old soldier in the 16th Battalion, is listed on the Thiepval Memorial at The Somme in northern France.

Private Hogg of the 16th Battalion, who was the 29-year-old son of Robert and Marion Hogg, is buried at the Gordon Dump Cemetery in France. Charles McLauchlin from Peebles was killed on August 19, 2016.

The 35-year-old, who was a footballer with Vale of Leithen, enlisted into the 13th Battalion shortly after war had broken out.

Private Joseph Bennet from Galashiels had been at the Front for two months before being killed on May 22, 1916.

The 24-year-old, who was the only son of Michael Bennet, Bank Close, is buried at the Maroeuil British Cemetery in France.

Lance Corporal James Turnbull from a ‘well-known Selkirk family’ was one of five brothers serving their country.

The son of Alex Turnbull of Leithen Mill, Innerleithen, was killed during an 8th Battalion offensive on March 17, 1915.

Private David Davidson from Walkerburn was also part of the 8th Battalion.

The 20-year-old son of Andrew and Christina Davidson was killed on December 22, 1914.

Colonel Martin Gibson said: “We are immensely proud of the Regiment’s record in the First World War, and hope that this unique list of those Royal Scots who died will help their descendants and others who want to find out about them and enable all visitors to remember their sacrifice, as well as enabling an enduring legacy as we approach the centenary of Armistice Day 1918.”

Minister’s son John Ainslie was killed in action on September 18, 1915.

The 19-year-old 12th Battalion Lieutenant was from Melrose.

John Wilson died on May 25, 1917.

The 20-year-old Private in the 9th Battalion, who was the son of Benjamin and Isabella Wilson of Broughton, is buried at the Roeux British Cemetery, near Calais.

Stonemason John Black from Darnick was killed in action on April 9, 1917.

The 26-year-old Lance Sergeant, who had enlisted in November, 1914, is buried at Ste Catherine British Cemetery, also near Calais.

Historian and author Trevor Royle said: “The First World War changed for ever the way we viewed armed conflict and those who did the fighting.

“The survivors were promised ‘a world fit for heroes’, those less fortunate were ‘the glorious dead’, those whose bodies were never traced were soldiers ‘known unto God’.

“One hundred years later it is fitting that the people of Scotland should pause and remember them and the events which shaped their lives in a mood of contemplation, profound gratitude and commemoration. “Once again in the regiment’s long history The Royal Scots are taking the lead by making sure that the legacy of their fallen comrades is never forgotten.”

In 2006 The Royal Regiment of Scotland was formed from its predecessor Scottish Infantry Regiments – and after 373 years of unbroken service The Royal Scots left the British Army’s order of battle.

As we revealed last week an organising committee has been formed in Tweeddale ahead of the 2018 Armistice - and an appeal has been made for the people of Peeblesshire to share their families’ stories.

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