World War 1 (1914 - 1918)


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Eric Pearce Oatts

Service: Army
Unit: 4th Battalion attached to 1st Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant

Eric was born at Crosshill Avenue, Glasgow on 22 August 1892, son of John Lumsden Oatts J.P. who was born in Glasgow in 1851. He was a solicitor whose business was at 113 St. Vincent Street, Glasgow and was also a Justice of the Peace. John married Ellen Margaret Pearce on 12 January 1886 at St Saviour's Brixton, Surrey and Eric was their second son. At the time of Eric's death, the family lived at 'The Beeches', Newton Mearns.

Eric was initially a private in Scottish Rifles and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Scots Fusiliers on 22 January 1916. He was killed at Infantry Hill near the village of Monchy-le-Preux during the battle of Arras, on 3 May 1917 aged 26 [sic] and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial Pas-de-Calais, France - Bay 5.

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