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Wednesday, 10 November 2010
William Danson - A Lancashire "Scot" in Flanders?
This photograph (left) of my grandfather William Danson of Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire was in the family shoebox collection of memorabilia, and intrigued me when I first saw it as a child. There was no Scottish connection that I knew of on my mother's side, so why was Grandad wearing a kilt?
The story was that in the camaraderie of war, he became friendly with some Scottish soldiers, and as a laugh he had dressed up in one of their kilts and had his photograph taken to send home.
In his regular uniform, he is the soldier arrowed on the right, a member of the King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment. He won the Military Medal at the Battle of Paschendaele.