Second Lieutenant David Borthwick Tait-Battlefield Cross

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Reference WMO/280329


Cramond Kirk

Glebe Road




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Status: On subsequent site(s)
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Battlefield (wooden) cross
  • Metal Metal (any)
  • Paper Paper
  • Timber Timber (any)
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Battlefield cross with 4 original GRU Tags. This was originally outside beside the family grave (WMO/280330) but was moved inside the Kirk after an attempt to burn it. There is a laminated paper explanatory notice beside it.
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The notice- This cross marked the temporary/grave of Second Lieutenant David/Borthwick Tait, 4th Battalion Royal Scots,/attached to the 5th/6th Battalion. He was/killed in action at Parvillers, France on 11th/August 1918, aged 23. His remains are now/interred in Bouchoir New Cemetery,/maintained by the Commonwealth War/Graves Commission. Bouchoir is a village/on the main road from Amiens to Roye. The/cemetery was made after the Armistice/when graves were brought from several/small Commonwealth Cemeteries and from/the battlefields around Bouchoir and south of/the village.// This grave marker was installed/by the Grave Registration Unit (GRU) when/he was buried in his temporary grave on the/17th August 1918. It was returned to his/family when he was re-interred at Bouchoir.// His family's burial plot lies to the/right of the back entrance to Cramond Kirk/graveyard, where there is also a memorial to him. GRU Tags- At top of the shaft a GRU Tag:- GRU On the cross beam: 1. 2/LIEUT TAIT. 2. 5/6 ROYAL SCOTS. 3, 17-8-18

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