5th Battalion Kings Own Scottish Borderers

The King’s Own Scottish Borderers were raised in Edinburgh in 1689 by David Leslie, 3rd Earl of Leven, following the Glorious Revolution of 1688, when Prince William of Orange was invited to take the throne by the English Lords becoming King William III and deposing James II.


In late 1939: The Battalion set sail for France with the BEF (3rd Infantry Division).

May 1940: They crossed the Belgian frontier and were ordered to withdraw from the overwhelming enemy.

31 May - 01 June 1940: It was evacuated from the beaches at Dunkirk and returned to the UK.

06 June 1944: Returned to France on D-Day and landed at ‘Queen’ Beach. It fought around Caen until the enemy surrendered. It then advanced north through Belgium and Holland to the Rhine and Bremen.

Name: HARPER, William Henry MM

Rank: Private

Age: 28

No. 5953857


Missing since: 21-01-1945

Next of Kin:

Groesbeek Panel: 4

KIA Information: Know to have been killed/wounded at Echterbosch/Waldfeucht Dutch/German Border.