MILL worker George Kerr enlisted within days of war being declared in 1914.

And the Black Watch private would go on to be wounded twice before finally succumbing to his injuries at a hospital near London.

George was the youngest of John Kerr of Traquair Road's four sons.

He was 26 and working at Leithen Mills when war broke out.

The Black Watch state: "Private Kerr joined Kitchener's Army at the very commencement of hostilities, and after a few months' training with a battalion of the Royal Scots he was drafted to France."

On September 25, 1915 George was wounded during the Battle of Loos in northern France.

After recovering from his injuries he was transferred the Cycle Corps, attached to the Black Watch.

But George, who was described as having a very quiet disposition, was to be wounded again during the Battle of Arras.

Fragments of shell lodged in his head as the brutal fighting continued for Vimy Ridge on April 9, 1917.

After treatment at the dressing station, the badly wounded private was transferred to hospital in France and then England.

He died at a hospital near Epsom on October 1, 1917.

The Black Watch added: "It appears that fragments of shell were still in his head, and it was thought they would ultimately work out, but he died somewhat suddenly in a hospital at Horton, Epsom."

George was 29 year old.

His three brothers were all serving at the time of his death - Lance-Corporal James in the KOSB, Lance- Corporal Colin in the Machine Gun Corps, and Corporal Walter, 8th Royal Scots (twice wounded).

George's remains were brought home and interred in Innerleithen Cemetery.