1st Battalion Kings Own Scottish Borderers

The King’s Own Scottish Borderers were raised in Edinburgh in 1689 by David Leslie, 3rd Earl of Leven, following the Glorious Revolution of 1688, when Prince William of Orange was invited to take the throne by the English Lords becoming King William III and deposing James II.

 

In late 1939: The Battalion set sail for France with the BEF (3rd Infantry Division).

May 1940: They crossed the Belgian frontier and were ordered to withdraw from the overwhelming enemy.

31 May - 01 June 1940: It was evacuated from the beaches at Dunkirk and returned to the UK.

06 June 1944: Returned to France on D-Day and landed at ‘Queen’ Beach. It fought around Caen until the enemy surrendered. It then advanced north through Belgium and Holland to the Rhine and Bremen.

Name: Clark, William John

Rank: Private

Age: 28

No. 3193825

Unit: 12 Platoon, C Company

Missing since: 22-10-1944

Next of Kin: Husband of Mae E Clark, Eastfield, Lanarkshire.

Groesbeek Panel: 4

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in the area of Smakt near Overloon.



Name: Thompson, George

Rank: Private

Age: 22

No. 4350938

Unit: 12 Platoon, C Company

Missing since: 22-10-1944

Next of Kin: Son of John and Elizabeth Thompson, of Garden Village, Hull.

Groesbeek Panel: 4

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in the area of Smakt near Overloon.

Name: Delves, Norman Henry

Rank: Private

Age: 22

No. 11265619

Unit: 12 Platoon, C Company

Missing since: 22-10-1944

Next of Kin: Husband of Majorie Delves, of Leicester.

Son John Henry and Kitty Delves, of Leicester.

Groesbeek Panel: 4

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in the area of Smakt near Overloon.


Buried at Jonkerbos War Cemetey graves 3.C.1, 3.C.2 and 3.C.3 are three soldiers who were found buried at Holthees/Smakt.

They all had 3 Division flashes on their battledress when found.

Although at the moment there is no proof, but it might will be 3 of the above men.

Name: Robertson, Robert George

Rank: Corporal

Age: 20

No. 14405197

Unit: 12 Platoon, C Company

Missing since: 22-10-1944

Next of Kin: Son of  Robert and Isabella Robertson, Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire.

Groesbeek Panel: 4

KIA Information: Known to have been killed in the area of Smakt near Overloon.