12 October 2015
15979 Rifleman Thomas Sinclair Sclater of Firth

98 years ago this day, on 12th October 1917, the New Zealand Division made its second attack in the Third Battle of Ypres.  Heavy rain had turned much of the battlefield into the "porridge of mud" for which the fighting towards Passchendaele village is infamous.  Thomas Sclater of Firth was killed in his second battle, having written home after his first at Messines to say that he did not expect to survive the war.  His nephew, Gordon Ritchie of Sunnybank, provided that information, also the good coloured photo of Thomas that has been used in writing his biography.  It is available as a Word document in the Firth section of the website, or can be downloaded direct as a pdf using the link below.  

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