Kings Own Scottish Borderers

Kings Own Scottish Borderers during World War 1

In the First World War 10 Battalions were raised in addition to the two Regular and two Territorial Battalions. The 1st 2nd 4th and 5th Battalions fought in Gallipoli, the Somme, Ypres, Lys, and Cambrai, they also served with The British Expeditionary Force (BEF) at Mons, Le Cateau, on the Aisne, Vimy Ridge and in Palestine (Battle of Gaza). In September at the Battle of Loos, the 6th Battalion suffered heavy casualties, the 7th Battalion lost two-thirds of its strength while the 8th lost over one-third and these two Battalions were merged in the spring of 1916. All three Battalions later went on to fight on the Somme.

6th (Service) Battalion Aug 1914 Formed at Berwick-on-Tweed as part of the First New Army (K1), then moved to Bordon, East Hampshire and joined the 28th Brigade of the 9th Division. Mar 1915 Moved to Bramshott, East Hampshire. 12.05.1915 Mobilised for war and landed at Boulogne, France where they were engaged in various action on the Western Front including; During 1915 The Battle of Loos During 1916 The Battle of Albert, The Battle of Bazentin, The Battle of Delville Wood, The Battle of Le Transloy. 06.05.1916 Transferred to 27th Brigade of the 9th Division and continued to engage in action on the Western Front; During 1917 The First Battle of the Scarpe, The Second Battle of the Scarpe, The First Battle of Passchendaele, The action of Welsh Ridge During 1918 The Battle of St Quentin, The First Battle of Bapaume, The Battle of Messines, The Battle of Bailleul, The First Battle of Kemmel, The Second Battle of Kemmel. 11.11.1918 Ended the war in Belgium near Courtrai. This Division was one of those selected to occupy Germany at the Cologne bridgehead, demobilization was not complete until February 1919.