ONE FAM­ILY’S TER­RI­BLE LOSS

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Ber­tie, 36 DIED MARCH 25, 1918

Shot as he led an at­tack, pis­tol in one hand, swag­ger stick in the other, in the Somme val­ley. Fer­di­nand Foch, the French com­man­der, told Scots troops: “He lives to­day in your hearts and in the hearts of all men who re­vere hero­ism. His name will prove an in­spi­ra­tion to all who fight the bat­tle of lib­erty.”

CHAR­LIE, 26 DIED DECEMBER 19, 1914

Killed in ac­tion near Givenchy, he is the only brother to have no grave. His name is listed at the Le Touret Mil­i­tary Ceme­tery.

In her, di­ary, his

mother’s cousin Jean Hamil­ton, wrote: “He was rec­om­mended by his Colonel for gal­lantry and dar­ing – loved by all his col­leagues for his cheer­ful, help­ful na­ture, and a cer­tain cool, aloof well­bal­anced judge­ment.

“His men would and did fol­low him ev­ery­where.”

RON­NIE, 31 DIED OC­TO­BER 8, 1915

Shot by a Ger­man sniper on the French front­line.

Jean Hamil­ton wrote: “His ge­nial, sunny na­ture, and a touch of dare­devil reck­less­ness about him,

ap­pealed. He was very pop­u­lar.” He had been caught in a sniper’s sights as he passed through a trench not far from where his brother Char­lie had died.

TED­DIE, 21 DIED MARCH 16, 1918

The Royal Fly­ing Corp pi­lot, who flew mis­sions at the Somme, died in a test flight crash near Winch­ester.

A nurse wrote to his par­ents: “His was a beau­ti­ful face, and I am sure he was good and true and knightly.”

Jean Hamil­ton wrote: “Now Ted­die has gone too, Lit­tle Ben as his broth­ers called him, and his mother’s ‘Honey Bee’, for he was all sweet­ness to her.”

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