1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record

Robert Malcolm

Contributed by: Brenda W Ross, on 2008-11-14

Robert Malcolm
Rank
First Name Robert
Surname Malcolm
Year of Birth 1899
Year of Death 1918
Regiment King's Own Scottish Borderers
Place of Wartime Residence Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway

Robert's Story

32512, Private Robert Malcolm, King’s Own Scottish Borderers, aged 19, died 23rd July 1918. He was the second son of Robert and Mary Malcolm who resided in Dumfries. Both Robert and his older brother James served in the First World War. Robert was killed on 23rd July 1918 at Buzancy, Northern France. His brother survived the war. He had only been in France a few weeks and this was his first battle. He was survived by two brothers and three sisters.

Robert Malcolm

This spring my son, daughter-in-law, daughter, husband and two grandchildren travelled to France and visited the cemetery. Buzancy is a village in the Department of Ainse, 7 kilometres South of Soissons and 5o kilometres West of Rems. Buzancy was reached (though not held) by the First American Division on 21st July 1918. It was attacked by the Scottish Division on 23rd July 1918.

The Scottish Division Memorial reads,”Here the noble thistle of Scotland will flourish forever amongst the roses of France.

On 22nd July 1918 the 15th Scottish Division relieved the 1st Division in the XX Corps. The British were thrown into battle immediately advancing towards Buzancy. There are over 300 1914-1918 war casualties commemorated in this site – 264 having been identified.

Mrs Brenda W Ross

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