Private John Brown Baldie, 6th Bn Black Watch

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Private John Brown Baldie 2819, 6th Battalion The Black Watch

John Brown Baldie was born on 4th November 1890 to William and Mary Baldie, who lived in Pitlochry, Perthshire.  By 1901 the family was living at Maidenwell Cottage, Scone and William was working on the Cadzow Farm, Scone as a farm servant.  By the time of the 1911 census, John was living with his own family at Maidenwell Cottage and he was married to Mary.  They had two children and he was working as a ploughman. In January 1915 John enlisted with the 6th  Battalion, The Black Watch.  After initial training he was sent to France, landing in Boulogne in May 1915.  John was engaged in a number of offensives including the Battle of Auber Ridge.  In September 1915, while on sentry duty at an advanced post, Private John Brown Baldie was shot by an enemy sniper and killed instantly.  He was 25 years old.  He is buried in Plot 1, Row B, Grave 40 in Authuile British Cemetery.  He was awarded the Star, Victory and British War medals.


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