Robert. b. 1923. Marine. 41 Royal Marine Commando. Scottish.
Enlisted in 1942 and took part in the North Africa Campaign then the
Invasion of Sicily in 1943. After which he caught malaria which kept
him out of action for the rest of the war. Married Mary Robertson in
1947 and had 3 children and 5 grandchildren. Worked as a joiner
until 1997 and now enjoys a happy retirement in Fife. (added
- Davidson, James, Sergeant, Number 2323255, Royal Corps of Signals and Territorial Army. Son of Thomas C Davidson, see below. Served India, North Africa and North West Europe. Wounded Germany April 1945. Died December 2000. Name submitted by his son. (Added 11/12/06)
John. b. 1884. Private. 4th/5th Bn, Black Watch (No. 3513) and the
Labour Corps (No. 262482). Scottish. Enlisted 1916 and was a victim
of gas. Invalided to the Labour Corps. Died Aberdeen School Hospital
27th November 1918. Born at Wheywell Durris, he was a gardener
before joining up. There is a red granite monument to him and his
brother George who was lost at Vimy Ridge, in Durris Churchyard.
- Davidson,Thomas Curran, Private, Number 202114, 1st/5th Battalion King's Own Scottish Borderers. Born in Gowkeshill, Midlothian, son of James Davidson, husband of Edith May Davidson of 33A High Street, Dalkeith and father of three children. Wine and Spirits Merchant, Dalkeith. Killed in action aged 29 on 29th July 1918. Grave reference II.C.10 Oulchy-Le-Chateau Churchyard Extension. See also his son James Davidson. Name submitted by his Grandson.
Thomas Henry. b. 1871. Private. Gordon Highlanders and the Royal
Scots. British. Served in the Gordon Highlanders prior to WWI, in
1915 he re-enlisted as Private. No. 28774 in the Royal Scots along
with his eldest son William (b. 1899). Posted to the Middle East in
Oct 1915 where he was later wounded and discharged in August 1918.
Born in Liverpool, England, of a Scottish father and Welsh mother.
Died, related to his war wounds in January 1932 in Bootle,
Lancashire. (added 07/09/00) The medals belonging to this soldier have been purchased by one of our readers and he would like to get in touch with the person who originally submitted this entry. Please contact Scots at War for further information.
William. b. 1894. A. Bombardier/French Polisher. No. 47402. Royal
Field Artillery. Scottish. He served in Salonika, Greece during
World War I . Married on 8th December 1914. He died 22nd January
1929 age 35 years in Dundee, County of Angus, Scotland. (added
- Davison, Walter Johnson, Piper, Scots Guards and 8 Field Ambulance, Royal Australian Army Medical Corps, attached C Company 2nd Royal Australian Regiment, Number 23703063. Born Dumbarton 9th November 1940. Worked as a shepherd and lived at Old Kilmadock, Doune, Perthshire. Enlisted 2nd Battalion Scots Guards in Glasgow on 12th January 1960, served at home and in Kenya and discharged 6th May 1964. Enlisted Royal Australian Army Medical Corps. Killed in action along with three other Australian soldiers while tending wounded in Bien Hau Province, near Saigon on 26th January 1967 during the Vietnam War. He was recommended for an award as a result of his actions. Name added by a fellow Scots Guardsman. (added
- Dawson, William, Private. 8th/10th Battalion Gordon Highlanders, Number S/8064. Born 28th October 1892 in Rothesay, Isle of Bute. Son of William and Mary Dawson. Father of one young son, William Gordon. Enlisted 14 December 1914 in Glasgow. Killed in action on 8th April 1917. Buried in Faubourg D’Amiens Cemetery, Arras, Grave reference VII.G.45. Submitted by his great-nephew in Australia. (added
- Dempster, Alexander
Monroe, Private, 1st Battalion Queens' Own Cameron Highlanders 1899
- 1903 and Private, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry
(Eastern Ontario Regiment) 1914 - 1916 number 195. Born Banff 1879.
Enlisted for service in South Africa with the Cameron Highlanders,
attached to 12th (Scottish) Mounted Infantry Battalion 1900 - 1902.
Married Isabella Monroe Macdonald of Coupar Angus, Perthshire.
Emigrated to Toronto, Canada 1910. One of the first 200 volunteers
to enlist in Princess Patricia's Canadian LI in 1914 and sent to the
Western Front. Died of wounds aged 37 on 18th September 1916 at the
Battle of Flers Courcellete on the Somme and buried in Contay
British Cemetery, grave reference I.C.19. Name submitted by his
Great Nephew Duncan Alexander Macdonald. (added 05/10/05)
William. b. 1877. Sergeant. No. S/14436. 2nd Bn, Queen's Own Cameron
Highlanders. Scottish. Born Kincardine, Ross-shire. Enlisted
Glasgow. Killed in Salonika Campaign, Monday 21st May 1917, 40 years
old. Buried in Struma Military Cemetary, Grave VII.E.7. Kalokastron,
Greece. Son of John and Elizabeth McLeod Denoon of Strathkyle,
Culrain, Ross-shire. (added 26/04/01)
- Derham-Reid, James Benjamin Roscoe, 12th Campbell of Auchinellan, Major, 9th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Born 29th June 1913 son of Dr. James Derham-Reid, MC, LRCP, FRC, (Major RAMC 1914-1919) and Elsie Derham-Reid and husband of Ann Forrest Derham-Reid of Brighton, Sussex. Died of wounds aged 31 October 15th 1944. He is buried in Coriano Ridge War Cemetery, near Rimini, Italy, Grave reference XIV,C,10. Slŕn leibh, Auchinellan. Name submitted by his son. (added 21/07/08)
George Robert, Rifleman, 6th Battalion Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), Number 14720404. Youngest of six brothers and son of Catherine and Alexander Deveney of Greenock, Renfrewshire. Died aged 20 at the Walcheren Causeway Battle, Holland on 3rd November 1944. He is buried at Bergen-op-Zoom War Cemetery Grave reference 8.C.16. Name submitted by his Nephew. (added 17/03/08)
- Dewar, Neil. Private Number 8406 4th Battalion Royal Scots
Fusiliers, 155th Brigade, 52nd (Lowland) Division. Born Argyll,
Scotland and was a herdsman of the Highland cattle on Lord O'Neil's
estate in Antrim. Died of sickness Gallipoli 19th October 1915 and
buried in Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery.
Entered by his Great Grandson Ian Neil Hill of Jeddah 13th July
2005. (added 27/07/05)
- Diamond Henry (Harry), Sergeant, DCM, 2nd Battalion Highland Light Infantry, Number 10233. Born Irvine, Ayrshire around 1886 son of Sergeant Daniel Diamond. Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal (London Gazette 13/2/1917) “For great gallantry and devotion to duty. During an attack he saw an enemy gun being mounted on the parapet of the trench in front. Immediately he rushed forward, throwing bombs, put the gun out of action, captured it, and the enemy serving it, thereby saving many lives”. Also awarded 1914 “Mons” Star and French Medaile Militaire and two certificates for bravery. Name submitted by his Grandson. (added 14/01/12)
David. b. 1897. Private. No. S/20762. 6th Bn, Queen's Own Cameron
Highlanders. Scottish. Born Lanark. Enlisted Motherwell. Son of
Arthur and Jane Dick, 253a Annfield, Cleekshinnin, Motherwell. He
died of wounds on 27th April 1917 at the Battle of Cavalry Farm,
aged 20. (see Watts Family below). (added 17/05/01)
Robert Horn, Sergeant, HQ Squadron, 11th Armoured Division, Royal Armoured Corps, Number 407521. Born 1915 in Milngavie, Scotland son of Robert and Margaret Dickie and husband of Hilda Dickie of Kirkby Moorside, Yorkshire. Served in the Royal Scots Greys in Palestine. Died of wounds aged 29 on 19th July 1944 during Operation Goodwood in the area of Caen, France. Buried in La Delivrande War Cemetery, Douvres, Grave reference VI.B.4. Name submitted by his Nephew (added 19/2/2007)
Wilfred Andrew. b. c1892. Private. No. 19750. 16th Bn, Royal Scots.
Scottish. Served during WWI, and was killed during the First Battle
of the Somme, in July 1916, aged 24. Son of Mr and Mrs Andrew
Dickson. His name is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme,
France. (added 09/10/00)
William Beck, Private, 8th Battalion, The Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment) and Royal Field Artillery, Number 42834 and 160551. Born 20th February 1881, Elphinstone, Tranent, Haddington, son of John Stirling Dickson and Helen Beck Dickson of Elphinstone, East Lothian. Husband of Annie Beck Dickson of 2 Glan-Y-Mon Terrace, Llanfairfechan, Carnarvonshire and father of Thomas Stirling Beck Dickson. Coal miner and Draper’s Assistant. Killed in action aged 35 on 12th February 1917 and buried at Railway Dugouts Burial Ground, Grave reference VII.G.24. Name submitted by a distant relative in London. His name is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. (added 2/11/09)
- Dillon, Harry. Private. Scottish, 201314, 1st/5th Bn Argyll & Sutherland
Highlanders. Enlisted at Maryhill Barracks, Glasgow. Served in
France and was killed in action on 05/11/1918 while defending the
recently captured village of Moorsele, which had been held by the
Germans until 14 October 1918. He is interred at Kezelberg Military
Cemetery. See also his wife's cousin 2/Lieutenant Alexander Fielding
MC. (added 05/10/05)
Elliot Thomas. b. 1925. Royal Highland Fusiliers. Scottish. Served
in Burma. He died 27th April 1955. If you have further information
about his service history please E-mail his son Thomas Dock. (added 06/09/01)
Martin, Guardsman, 3rd Battalion Scots Guards, Number 5471. Born in Waterford, Ireland and enlisted in Edinburgh. Served in the Scots Guards from 1904 to 1907. On the outbreak of war he was recalled and served with the British Expeditionary Force. On 29th September 1914 he was wounded by shrapnel and he died of wounds at home on 31st October 1915. His Widow married his best friend who brought up his two children. He is buried in Ballynaneashaugh (St Otteran’s) Catholic Cemetery, County Waterford. Name submitted by his step Grandson.(added 02/11/10)
James. Lance Corporal. No. 2759891. 2nd Bn, The Black Watch.
Scottish. Served in Burma with "The Chindits" in 1944. Killed in
action during an ambush east of "White City" on 5th May of that
year, aged 28. His name is commemorated on the Rangoon Memorial,
Myanmar. (added 10/06/99)
Peter, Corporal, Distinguished Conduct Medal, Number 3 Column, 77(Indian) Infantry Brigade (Black Watch), Number 2753451. Born 9th January 1914. Enlisted Black Watch June 1931 to August 1938. Recalled June 1939 and served in France, Africa, India and Burma. Took part in both Chindit Campaigns, batman to Sir Bernard Ferguson. DCM 1943. "At Hintha on 28th March 1943, he was in charge of a small post holding a track along which a new attack was expected. Although he had only a handful of men with him, he considered that he would present a less vulnerable target and a more effective defence with still fewer. He therefore, collected grenades off some of his men and reduced his party to two, besides himself. When the expected attack came in, carried out by twenty to thirty Japanese, he threw grenades with great effect, carrying on with his rifle when these were exhausted, and completely broke up the attack, which was never resumed in this sector. At least eight bodies were observed to his immediate front, and more might have been seen by daylight. During the march to the Chindwin, though suffering from fever and other complaints, he remained cheerful as ever and was instrumental in encouraging weaker men not to give in. His fortitude was of real benefit to the whole column. Cheerful and tireless at all times, he was to the fore whether in or out of action, and was of the utmost value in inspiring and controlling young soldiers. He was by common consent the finest NCO in the Column." (London Gazette 5.8.1943.) discharged to reserves February 1946, employed as a gamekeeper and as a coal miner. Died 26th December 2000 aged 86. Name submitted by his son. (added 23/01/07)
- Donaldson, William, Second Lieutenant, a Company, 12th Battalion, Royal Scots. Born 1895, son of Dr David G and Mrs Margaret Donaldson (Hogg) of Ashcliffe, Dunning, Perthshire. Killed in action on 5th June 1917 in an attack east of Roeux astride the Arras-Douai Railway towards Cupid Trench and a sunken road. He is buried in Brown’s Copse Cemetery, Roeux, Grave reference III.H.3. Name submitted by his Great Nephew (added 28/07/09)
Alexander. b. 1896 L. Corporal. British Expeditionary Force.
Scottish. Served 1914-17 and received an award for gallantry in
action on 19/20th September 1917 in Germany. He died in 1955 in
Toronto, Canada. (added 26/04/99)
Bernard, Private, 2nd Battalion Queens’ Own Cameron Highlanders, Number 2938531. Born Glasgow Son of Francis and Mary Black Downie, Husband of Jane Watson Downie and Father of Bernard, John and Annie. Served in Italy. Died in the United Kingdom on 23rd October 1944. He is buried in Glasgow Eastern Necropolis, Grave reference Compt. 20. Grave 1699. Name submitted by his Son and Grandson. (added 05/10/10)
- Downie,Robert, Captain, MC, DCM, 5th Battalion Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). Son of John and Agnes Downie and brother of Isabel Downie of 6 John Street, Hamilton. Resident at 4 Selkirk Street, Hamilton. Killed in action on 6th November 1918 and buried in Point-sur-Sambre Communal Cemetery, Grave reference A.1. Name submitted by his Grand Nephew. (added 10/04/07)
- Downie, John, Private, 13th Battalion Royal Scots, Number 202758. Born 22nd July 1897 in Inch, Wigtonshire, son of William and Grace Downie of Stewart Lea, 60 Midton Road, Ayr. Enlisted in Ayr. Killed in action aged 21 on 1st August 1918 during a raid by B and C Companies supporting the main attack on German positions near Villemontoire, south of Buzancy, during which the Battalion suffered 19 casualties. He is buried in Raperie British Cemetery, Villemontoire, Grave reference IX.A.1. Name submitted by his Niece. (added 28/07/09)
- Downie, William. Lance Corporal 6th Battalion Cameronians
(Scottish Rifles). Number 3245722. Son of William and Elizabeth
Downie, of Larkhall, Lanarkshire and husband of Mary Tennant Downie.
Died on 19th April 1945 aged 36 while a Prisoner of War
in Stalag XXA at Thorn, Poland and buried in Charlottenburg, Berlin
1939-1945 War Cemetery Coll. Grave 11.K.6-8. (added 13/09/05)
James "Paddy" Private. No. 3324558. 2nd Bn, The Black Watch.
Scottish. Served in Burma in 1944 with "The Chindits" he was killed
in action on 7th August of that year whilst attacking Japanese
machine gun bunkers at Labu Burma, he was aged 32. Son of Edward and
Mary Catherine Doyle, of Glasgow he is buried in Taukkyan War
Cemetery, Myanmar. (added 11/06/99)
Peter. b. 1896. Corporal. No. 3072. 5th Bn, Seaforth Highlanders.
Scottish. Killed during the action of Givenchy on 15th-16th June
1915, mortally wounded he was carried off the battlefield by his
brother L/Cpl John Duchart. His name is commemorated on a Memorial
in the Le Touret Military Cemetery, Festubert, France. Son of
Alexander Duchart, fisherman, Wick. (added 02/02/99)
Alexander, Private, 10th Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, Number 6010. Born 4th September 1895 son of William and Anne Duchart, 28 Nicholson Street, Pulteneytown, Wick and brother of George. Died of wounds on 8th October 1915. He is buried at Etaples Military Cemetery, Grave reference III.D.1A. (added 31/5/09)
David, Private, 10th Battalion Gordon Highlanders, Number S/8159. Son of John and Elizabeth Duchart of 6 Smith Terrace, Wick. Killed in action at the Battle of Loos aged 19 on 25th September 1915. His name is recorded on the Loos Memorial, Panel 115 to 119.(added 31/5/09)
George, Seaman, HMS Gurka, Royal Naval Reserve, Number 9038A. Born 22nd August 1897, son of William and Anne Duchart of 28 Nicholson Street, Pulteneytown, Wick and brother of Alexander. Died aged 19 on 8th February 1917 when HMS Gurka, a Tribal Class Destroyer, was mined off Dungeness. His name is recorded on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, reference 27 and the Wick War Memorial. (added 31/5/09)
George, Private, 7th Battalion Royal Scots, Number 2227. Brother of Robert. Coal miner. Lived and enlisted in Musselburgh. Died in the Gretna Train Disaster on 22nd May 1915. He is buried in Edinburgh Rosebank Cemetery. Name submitted by a relative. (added 05/10/10)
James. b. 1875. Scottish. Killed in action at the Battle of the
Somme, France & Flanders during World War I. (added 21/09/00)
James Low, Private, 5th Battalion Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, number 14412. Son of Samuel and Jane Duff, 5 George Drive, South Govan, Glasgow. Died of wounds on 6th May 1917. He is buried at Etaples Military Cemetery Grave Reference XVIII.K.13. Name submitted by his Great Nephew in Essex. (See also James Macpherson). (added 22/11/07)
Robert, Private, 7th Battalion Royal Scots, Number 2776. Brother of George. Coal miner. Born in Newburgh, Fife, lived in Musselburgh and enlisted in Leith. Died in the Gretna Train Disaster on 22nd May 1915. He is buried in Edinburgh Rosebank Cemetery. Name submitted by a relative. (added 05/10/10)
Daniel P. Rifleman. 9th Batallion, The Cameronians (Scottish
Rifles). Army No.5114817. b Glasgow 14 June 1917. Dan came south to
a young man and joined the Cameronians in Birmingham on 17 January
1940. Serving throughout NW Europe from June 1944, he was seriously
wounded whilst attacking the enemy at the Dutch village of Best on
26 September 1944. Family history has it that his life was saved by
a nun who noticed he was still breathing as she prayed over him. Dan
was evacuated to the UK on 4 October 1944 and discharged from the
Regiment due to his injuries on 8 March 1945. A wee man with a big
heart, Dan overcame his disabilities, married Angela in 1954 and
went on to have 3 daughters and several grandchildren. He worked for
Cincinnati MillingTools Ltd until his retirement. Dan died in
Birmingham on 8 March 1983. (added 04/11/05)
Andrew Atholl. b. 1918. Captain/Doctor. Highland Light Infantry,
transferred to Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders. British. Served with
the British Expeditionary Force, Jan-June 1940 as 2nd Ltn, H.L.I.
No.3 Coy, No.1 Infantry base depot. March transferred to Argyll's
No.5 Coy, No.1 Infantry base. May 1940 attached to the 6th Argyll's,
evacuated through Cherbourg, France twice. Posted to the Far East in
January 1941, arrived Singapore March 1941 as Cipher Officer:
promoted Captain January 1942, evacuated from Singapore end January
1942: HQ Bandoeng, Java. He was taken prisoner in March 1942,
interned Tandjong Priok, Batavia for 8 months, shipped to Japan in
October 1942, arrived Ube on Honshu and interned Motoyama coal
mining camp for 8 months. In June 1943 he was transferred to
officers' camp, Zentsuji on Shikoku for the next 2 years, finally
transferred to Miyata on Kyushu in June 1945, liberated September
1945 and shipped from Nagasaki to Manila, then shipped to San
Francisco USA, overland by train to New York and ship Queen
Mary to Southampton November 1945. He brought home his
diaries and a vast amount of archive information which he collected
during his captivity, transcripts of these are held at the Imperial
War Museum, London, with the originals retained by his family.
Married January 1946, returned to university in his home town of St.
Andrews, Fife, to study medicine, qualified in 1950 and was a G.P.
in Wirral, England until retirement in 1980, he died on 15th
February 1997. (added 23/04/01)
- Duncan, Andrew, Private, 1st/6th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders, Number 265224. Born Auchnarrow, Banffshire, 30th November 1897, son of Andrew Duncan and Jane McKay, Station Road, Lhanbryde, Morayshire. Farm Labourer. Enlisted at Lhanbryde 1914 . Killed in action aged 20 on 1st August 1917. He is buried at New Irish Farm Cemetery Grave Reference XII.F.20. Name submitted by his Great Niece in Melbourne, Australia. See also Peter Duncan and George MacLennan.(added 06/02/08)
- Duncan, George Butchart, Aircraft Fitter, 49 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. RAF Scampton. Born Ladybank, Dundee 17th August 1921. Friend of Sergeant George A Ritchie RAFVR, see below. Married Bethia Stott. Father of Ruth Bethia Duncan. Died aged 82 4th June 2003. (added 11/12/06)
James Young. b.1892. Private. 17th Sherwood Forresters. Scottish.
Joined the Black Watch and after the Somme was transferred to the
Sherwood Forresters in the same Division. Killed in action 31st July
1917 at Pilkem Ridge, Ypres. Husband of Mina Duncan, Grey Street,
Broughty Ferry. (added 03/11/98)
Peter, Private, 1st/6th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders, Number 1265. Born Glenlivet, Banffshire, November 1895, son of Andrew Duncan and Jane McKay, Station Road, Lhanbryde, Morayshire. Farm Labourer. Enlisted Lhanbryde 1914. Killed in action 13th September 1916. He is buried at Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentiers, Grave Reference II.F.26. Name submitted by his Great Neice in Melbourne, Australia. See also Andrew Duncan and George MacLennan. (added 06/02/08)
Archibald Ballantine Henderson, MC, Captain, D Company Cambridgeshire Regiment. Son of James and Helen Dunlop of Helen Villa, Bo’ness, West Lothian and brother of James. He lived at 4 Glencoe Road, Cliftonville, Margate. Awarded the Military Cross on 14th October 1916 for action at the Schwaben Redoubt, Thiepval. Died of wounds aged 23 on 20th September 1918. He is buried in the Doingt Communal Cemetery Extension, Grave Reference I.B.8. Name submitted by a relative. (added 3/3/10)
James, Sergeant, 9th and 17th Battalion Highland Light Infantry, Number 15523. Son of James and Helen Dunlop of Helen Villa, Bo’ness, West Lothian and brother of Archibald. Born and enlisted in Glasgow. MA and LLB University of Glasgow. Killed in Action aged 24 on 18th November 1916. He is buried in the New Munich Trench British Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel, Grave Reference F.15. Name submitted by a relative. (added 3/3/10)
John. Sargent Major. (added 05/09/01)
Robert. b. 1894. Sergeant. Black Watch. British. Killed in action
6th September 1918. (added 12/11/98)
Joseph Issacher, Gunner (Number 48588) and Second Lieutenant, 82nd Brigade Royal Field Artillery. Son of George and Matilda Dutton and husband of Gertrude Ethel Dutton of 193 Thornton Street, Maryhill, Glasgow. Joined the Glasgow Police in 1912. Enlisted Royal Field Artillery 1914. Killed in action aged 27 on the first day of the German offensive 21st March 1918. His name is recorded on the Poziers Memorial Panel 7 to 10. Name submitted by his Great Grandson, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Manitoba, Canada. (added 19/12/08)