The Battle of Loos

Charlie returned to the ranks of the 4th Black Watch in time to take part in the Battle of Loos. The fighting was the bloodiest he had witnessed. As soon as Charlie had mounted the parapet he knew his unit was in trouble. Many fell barely yards from their line, brought down by relentless machine gun fire. By the end of the battle there were over 60,000 British casualties. Charlie’s unit, Dundee’s Own, was decimated with 19 officers and 230 men killed or wounded. Charlie pictured his parents and Morag dreading bad news like so many others in Dundee would receive.