Lest We Forget

1914 - 1918

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.

Robertson, Andrew Black

Rank
Private, 7/8th Bn Kings Own Scottish Borderers
Service Number
40039
Born
18 March 1873 at Church Street, Inverkeithing
Parents
Andrew and Elizabeth Robertson
Date of death
22 August 1917 (Aged 44)
Grave
Has no known grave
Other Memorials
Panels 66-68, Tyne Cot, Belgium
Inverkeithing Memorial.
Scottish National War Memorial (Edinburgh Castle)

Other Information

Andrew’s father worked as a Butcher and soon after he was born the family moved to Dunfermline.

The family lived at various locations in Dunfermline; 9 Pittencrief Street, 46 Chalmers Street and finally 83 James Street. Andrew followed in his father’s footsteps also becoming a Butcher. In the 1901 census he is still recorded as living at home with his parents at 83 James Street in Dunfermline. At the time of his enlistment, Andrew was living in Rosyth.

He served originally in the Royal Scots as Pvt. 300982. At some point he transferred to the 7th/8th Battalion the Kings Own Scottish Borderers

The battalion were part of 46th Brigade serving in the 15th (Scottish) Division. His battalion took part in the Third Battle of Ypres which began on the 31st July 1917.

In August 1917, they took part in the Battle of Pilkem Ridge, North East of Ypres in Belgium. It was during this period that Andrew was killed in action.


Sources

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Scottish National War Memorial (Edinburgh Castle)

National Archives. Medal Card.

Scottish National Archives. Birth Certificate

Scottish War Memorials project

Soldiers Died in Great War

Alex Morris


Here dead we lie, Because we did not choose
To live and shame the land, From which we sprung.

Life, to be sure, Is nothing much to lose,
But young men think it is, And we were young.

[A.E. Housman]

When You Go Home,
Tell Them Of Us And Say,

For Your Tomorrow,
We gave our Today

[Kohima, attributed to John Maxwell Edmonds]

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