Private George Copland Barclay, 11th Bn Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders

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Private George Copland Barclay 5255, 11th Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (previously Army Pay Corp)

George Copland Barclay was born on 15th August 1886 in Edinburgh to Alexander and Williamina Barclay, who had married in Edinburgh in 1882.  Alexander was a jeweller.  George had four sisters and the family also employed a domestic servant.  George married Margaret Ann Harper Lamb in Edinburgh on 27th March 1915.  At the time of his marriage, George had already enlisted in the Army Pay Corps in Perth.  However, George later left the Pay Corps and re-enlisted with the 42nd Training Reserve of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, to prepare for service overseas. George landed in Boulogne, France on 20th  July 1917.  He was involved in Ypres offensives and was injured by gunshot wound to his knee on 26th August 1917.  He was taken to No5 General Hospital, where his leg was amputated.  Private George Copland Barclay died on 26th August 1917 as a result of complications from his surgery. He was 31 years old.  He was laid to rest in Block P, Plot 2, Row H, Grave 2A of the St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen.  George was awarded the Victory and British War medals.



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