“Hardy soldier” gets injured for the third time

The Galloway Gazette continues its look back at the files from a hundred years ago during the Great War as soldiers from Galloway continued to fight at the Battle of the Somme continued.

The Galloway Gazette, 2nd September, 1916


Private Smith from Kirkcowan, who was described as “a splendid type of hardy soldier” was wounded by gunshot through the arm and chest. He was hit by a sniper around four in the morning and then had to crawl on his hands and knees for a considerable distance to the dressing station. Private Smith was married and had worked on the Shennaton estate. Just before the war he was working as a railway surfaceman at Gatehouse station. He went to the front in July 1915 had been wounded twice before. Once he was nearly completely buried by shellfire and another time he was struck on the face with a rifle and bayonetted.


Galloway Gazette readers were glad to learn that well-known Galloway athlete Tom Scott, Laggish, who had been reported as wounded at the Battle of the Somme, was making excellent progress. He had been injured during an attack on Trones Wood on 28th July when a shell had burst over his section and killed or wounded every man except one. Sergeant Armstrong, from Ringford, was killed and Sergeant John Sproat, Baldoon, was wounded at the same time.

Tom Scott had been hit on the knee, which was severely injured. He was initially operated on at Harve, and was then sent to Netley Hospital, Southampton, for further operations to extract metal splinters from his knee. Unfortunately, his leg had to be amputated on 20th August.

But, according to reports he had “picked up wonderfully and was making a satisfactory recovery.”