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351061 Pte T Keddie Royal Scots


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I am asking if there is any information on

this soldier in regards to him being awarded the

Military Medal

Thank you in advance 

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11 January 1917 - Southern Reporter - Selkirk

AWARDED MILITARY MEDAL. Pte. Tom H. Keddie, 9th Royal Scots. Pte. Keddie is 19 years of age, and has been 11 months at the front. He is the only son of Mr and Mrs Keddie, 10 Caledonian Road, Edinburgh, and grandson of the late Mr Thomas Halliday, Stow.

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Steven

Thomas was awarded a MM under his original service number as 3475 Pte. T. H. Keddie, R. Scots, announced in the London Gazette on 19 January 1917 p.832.

As you probably know he was born in 1897 in Stow, Midlothian where his father David was a railway signalman and Thomas is named on the Stow Parish War Memorial.

Just in case it is of interest:

L,CPL. THOs. H. KEDDIE, M.M. R.S.

Thomas Halliday Keddie, Military Medal – age 19 – Private (351061) 1/9th (Highlanders) Battalion, Royal Scots.

Thomas was awarded a MM as 3475 Pte. T. H. Keddie, R. Scots, in January 1917.

(Source: London Gazette 19/1/1917 p.832)

Born 1897 in Stow. (Source: SNWM and GROS – Birth Register)

Son of David and Robina (Halliday) Keddie of 10 Caledonian Road, Edinburgh. (Source: CWGC)

In 1901 David was a railway signalman in Stow, by 1911 the family were in Stevenston, Ayrshire and by 1915 they were at Caledonian Road, Edinburgh where David was still a railwayman.

Killed in Action – 23 April 1917.

Commonwealth War Grave – Roeux British Cemetery, France.

 

Ken

 

 

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Ken and George 

Thank you very much some of the information i didnt have so thanks.

May i ask when he was killed  where was the battalion at the time ?

Also young to get the MM

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Steven - In April 1917 the 1/9th Battalion were in the 154th Brigade of the 51st Highland Division and the CWGC notes about the Roeux British Cemetery state:

Roeux was built over a system of caves which helped to make its capture in 1917 exceptionally difficult. It was attacked by the 9th (Scottish) Division without success on 12 April. The chemical works close to the railway station were taken by the 51st (Highland) Division on 22 April, and after incessant fighting the village was cleared by the same Division on 14 May. The chemical works were lost on 16 May, and it was finally taken by the 51st Division on the following 26 August."

Ken

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4 hours ago, kenmorrison said:

 

Killed in Action – 23 April 1917.

Commonwealth War Grave – Roeux British Cemetery, France.

 

Ken

 

 

On the actual burial report gives his date of death as 18th May 1917 and notes his original service number (also not a reburial from elsewhere). He appears on Royal Scots casualty list in newspapers on 6th July 1917. Note on the burial report the other 9th Royal Scot killed 21/5/1917 and his number. His date is correct on CWGC. The Service Return on Scotlands People has him 23/4/1917  and the whole page of Royal Scots "killed in action" 23/4.

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Doing a filter search for Roeux cemetery - Just for Royal Scots  - shows up the different Battalions of RS who were there around this time. There seems to be more than one 9th RS with date of death either different or amended on the burial reports. It may have been due to bodies recovered only some time after they were killed, but as mentioned none of them are re burials. At the same time there are several noted only as 18/5/1917 casualties.  All Keddie's paperwork - pension cards, Service Return, Soldiers Effects ect tally with 23/4/1917.

There is a lot of detail regarding the attack on 23rd - casualties are listed  a couple of days later when things had calmed down. They had a number of "missing" from the action. Also marked up trench maps are included in the war diary. 

Between 17th and 19th May 1917 they were quiet with 1 other rank killed and five wounded. This hints more that these casualties at Roeux Cemetery dated 18/5/1917  were actually recovered killed or missing bodies from the April action. 

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Good stuff David. CWGC had his death as 18-May-17, it has been corrected in the last few years. 

His photo is in Edinburgh Evening News 23-Dec-16, and he is in the Enlistment Book 

EB2-K

For other gen I would of course direct you to my index of the battalion https://neillgilhooley.com/9th-royal-scots/index/ and for the action of 23-Apr-17 to my book, pp. 200-205. 

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