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Douglas Scott Irvine was born in Carluke, Lanarkshire and resided at 32, Claremont Street, Glasgow. He joined the 2nd Battalion Royal Scots in late 1915 at the age of 18. His first actions with the Royal Scots were on the Somme during July 1916. The Royal Scots were part of the 8th Brigade in the 3rd Division and took part in the attack at Bazentin Ridge on the 14th July. Later in the month on the 25th July, they were heavily involved in the Battle of Poziers Ridge. Together with 1st Battalion Gordon Highlanders, they suffered 450 casualties. Douglas Scott Irvine's next Somme action was on the 16th November 1916 during the Battle of Ancre. The Royal Scots made an attack on Serre and once again suffered severe losses.
Following this, the Regiment was fully involved in the Battle of Arras in April 1917. During early 1918, the Royal Scots were heavily engaged in the German offensive from March to May.Douglas Scott Irvine was killed in action during the final days of the German attacks, on the 4th May 1918. He is remembered with honour at the Sandpits British Cemetery Fouquereuil.
The medal pair is sold with a copy of the C.W.G.C. certificate, Soldiers Died in the Great War page and a modern photograph of the grave stone at Sandpits British Cemetery.
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