|George Smith Duncan|
Unfortunately, the 1st Battalion did not receive the order to retire on the 26th and after further fighting and being surrounded by the German forces, the bulk of the battalion went into captivity in the early hours of the 27th of August 1914. George along with the rest of his comrades would have been taken through Belgium and into Prisoner of War camps in Germany, probably in the north west of the country. In absence of other information, it is likely that he had been wounded at La Cateau though not sufficiently to be repatriated to the UK in exchange for similarly badly wounded German solders who had been captured by the British. Perhaps he initially recovered from his wound but is health had subsequently deteriorated during his long spell in captivity during which he would have been exposed to considerable privations and increasingly short food rations as the war went on, culminating in his death almost three years to the day since his capture.
George Duncan is my 1st cousin twice removed. He was the son of James Duncan and Mary Murray Smith, born on the 7th of May 1893 in Lanarkshire Scotland.