Private Ernest Ross, 6th Bn Black Watch

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Private Ernest Ross 265959, 6th Battalion The Black Watch

Ernest Ross was born in London about 1891The exact date and place is unclear, some documents state he was born in Aberdeen.  His parents were married in Aberdeen in 1892.  His father, also called Ernest, was a recognised photographer.  Ernest junior worked on the Scone Estates as a gardener before WW1, and had previously worked at Dall Gardens in Rannoch for several years.  He enlisted in the spring of 1915 and was sent to France in 1916.  He was acting Batman to one of the officers of his battalion.  Private Ernest Ross died during the first day of fighting at the Battle of Pilckem Ridge on 31st July 1917.  He was 27 year old.  He is remembered on the Ypres Memorial.  Ernest was awarded the Victory and British War medals.




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