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Those known to have served with

Royal Scots Fusiliers

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Ballantyne Thomas. Pte. 1/5th Btn. (d.25th Apr 1916)
  • Barr David. 2nd Lt. 12th Btn
  • Binns Reginald. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.31st Jul 1916)
  • Bonnar John. Sgt. 2nd Btn.
  • Booker Henry. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.9th Feb 1917)
  • Boughey Stanley Henry Parry. 2nd.Lt. 1st/4th Btn. (d.4th Dec 1917)
  • Boughey Stanley Henry Parry. 2nd.Lt. 1st/4th Btn. (d.4th Dec 1917)
  • Bowman Matthew Nielson. Cpl. 2nd Btn. D Coy
  • Brown James. Pte. 8th Btn
  • Brown Joseph. Sgt. 2nd Battalion (d.12th Mar 1915)
  • Brown Joseph. 2nd Btn. (d.21st May 1917)
  • Burrows R.. Cpl.
  • Burtenshaw Percy. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.30th July 1916)
  • Byers J.. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.6th June 1915)
  • Cairnie P.. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.28th Dec 1916)
  • Craven William. Sgt. 1st Btn. (d.26th Sept 1917)
  • Cron Thomas Robertson. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.5th July 1915)
  • Cummiskey James. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.8th Nov 1917)
  • Cunningham Samuel. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.23rd July 1916)
  • Curran James. Pte. 6/7th Battalion (d.31st July 1917)
  • Davey John Robert. Pte. 1st Battalion
  • Drummond James. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.16th May 1915)
  • Duffield Charles. Cpl. 2nd Battalion
  • Duffy John. Pte. att. 258 Tunnelling Company RE. (d.31st Jul 1917)
  • Eady Amos. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.30th July 1918)
  • Edgar Abraham. Pte. 11th Btn.
  • Evans A.. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.6th Feb 1915)
  • Ferguson Joseph. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.20th Apr 1917)
  • Ferry James. Pte. 1st Battalion
  • Fowler David. Pte. 1/5th Btn. (d.12th July 1915)
  • Gallacher Thomas. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.4th Aug 1915)
  • Geddes James. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.27th Mar 1917)
  • Gibson Hugh. Cpl. 7th Btn. (d.9th Sep 1915)
  • Gillies Murdoch. Pte 10th Btn
  • Gould Albert. Pte. 2nd Btn (d.6th May 1918)
  • Gray Alexander Leonard. Pte. 1/4th Btn. (d.12th Nov 1917)
  • Gray Alexander Leonard. Sig. 1/4th Btn. (d.12th Nov 1917)
  • Hamilton John Peterson. Sgt. 8th Btn. (d.19th Sep 1918)
  • Hardy John Joseph. Pte. (d.7th Aug1914)
  • Harris Arthur. Pte. 2nd Battalion, D Coy
  • Harris Arthur. Pte. 2nd Btn. D Coy.
  • Hewitson David. 5th Battalion
  • Hills Joseph Henry. Lance Corporal 1st Battalion
  • Hodge John. Fus. 2nd Battalion (d.1st oct 1915)
  • Holliday George. Fus. 6th/7th Btn. (d.10th Aug 1916)
  • Holliday Thomas. Pte. 3rd Btn. (d.16th Dec 1917)
  • Jackson Arthur. Pte. 1/4th Btn. (d.19th Apr 1917)
  • Jackson Arthur. Pte. 1st/4th Btn. (d.19th April 1917)
  • Jackson Arthur. Pte. 1/4th Btn. (d.19th April 1917)
  • Jenkins Walter Cecil. Pte. 2nd Btn (d.30th June 1916)
  • Kane James. Pte.
  • Kay James. Pte. 1/4th Battalion (d.26th Aug 1918)
  • Kennedy James. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.27th Feb 1915)
  • Kilcullen Patrick. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.12th November 1916)
  • Lamb James. Pte. 6th/7th Battalion (d.12th Aug 1916)
  • Lamont James. Pte. 1st Btn.
  • Longbottom Albert. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.19th Sep 1918)
  • Longbottom Albert. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.19th Sep 1918)
  • Lowery William Matthew. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.26th Sep 1917)
  • Macfarlane Robert. Pte. 12th Battalion
  • Maltman John. Fus.
  • McCaig John. Pte. 1st/5th Btn. (d.19th Sept 1915)
  • McCallum Archibald. 6/7th Btn. (d.11th April 1917)
  • McCracken Alexander. Sgt. 1/5th Btn.
  • McCririck George. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.27th Dec 1917)
  • Mcgirr Hugh. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.13th May 1917)
  • McIlhone John. Pte.
  • McIndoe William. Captain 5th Battalion
  • McIntyre Alexander McNeil. Colour Sjt. 1/4th Btn.
  • McRae John. Pte. 9th Btn.
  • McSherry Terence. L/Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.30th July 1915)
  • McSherry Terence. L/Cpl. 2nd Battalion (d.30th July 1916)
  • McSherry Terence. L/Cpl. 2nd Battalion (d.30th July 1916)
  • Meikle Gilbert Eliot. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.12th July 1915)
  • Meiklejohn John. Pte. 1/4 Battalion, B Company, No7 Platoon
  • Mellon Patrick. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.13th March 1915)
  • Mellon Patrick P.. 2nd Btn (d.13th Mar 1915)
  • Melvin Sidney. Sgt. 1st Btn
  • Mill William Henry. 2nd Lt. 1/5th Battalion (d.12th July 1915)
  • Moore Henry. Pte.
  • Mulloy Daniel. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.17th Aug 1916)
  • Nicholson George . 2nd Battalion (d.30th June 1916)
  • Nimmo John. Pte. 12th Btn. B company (d.19th August 1918)
  • Nisbet Robert. Pte. 1/4th Bn.
  • Patchett Albert. Pte. 1/4th Battalion (d.15th April 1917)
  • Perrie John. Pte. 1/5th Btn (d.13th Jul 1915)
  • Roberts Frederick George . Captain 1/5th Btn.
  • Serrels Charles. Pte. 1st Btn.
  • Sidwell John Sidney. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.15th Sep 1914)
  • Sidwell Sidney John. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.15th Sep 1914)
  • Skidmore William Elias. Sjt. 2nd Btn. (d.30th Jul 1916)
  • Stewart Stanely. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.29th Aug 1917)
  • Strang James. Capt. 12th Battalion
  • Stringer Herbert. Sgt. 2nd Battalion (d.22nd Oct 1914)
  • Sutherland John. Pte.
  • Sweeney Patrick. Pte. 4th Btn.
  • Taylor William. Pte. 12th Btn.
  • Teevan Thomas. L/Sgt. 8th Btn.
  • Thurlow Thomas. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.3rd May 1917)
  • Thurlow Thomas. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.3rd May 1917)
  • Timmins John. Pte.
  • Treadwell Allan. Pte.
  • Turnbull Andrew. Pte. 2nd Batalion (d.21st Mar 1918)
  • Vickers Henry. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.27th March 1916)
  • Walker Jacob. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.30th Jul 1916)
  • Walker Robert Cooper. Pte. 4th Battalion
  • Walker Robert Nicol. L/Cpl. 2nd Battalion (d.30th July 1916)
  • Ward Charles Francis. T/WO 1st Btn.
  • West Robert. Pte. 2nd Btn.
  • Whayman B.. Pte 11th Btn (d.9th Sept 1918)
  • Whitlie Peter. Pte. 2nd Btn (d.23rd April 1917)
  • Wickes Albert Edward. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.14th Mar 1915)
  • Williams Reuben Septimus. Drummer. 1st Battalion (d. 23rd Aug 1914)
  • Wilson . Pte.
  • Wilson Samuel. Pte. 2nd Battallion (d.31st Oct 1914)
  • Woodworth Arthur William. Pte.
  • Young George. L/Sjt. 17th (Service) Battalion (Rosebery's) (d.18th Oct 1916)
  • Young William Clark. Pte. 1st Btn.

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Cpl. Hugh Gibson 7th Btn. Royal Scots Fusiliers (d.9th Sep 1915)

Hugh Gibson was killed in action 9th September 1915, aged 34. he was the son of Thomas and Jean Gibson, of Blantyre, Glasgow; husband of Jessie Stoddart Gibson, of 38 Broompark Rd., High Blantyre, Glasgow

s flynn


Pte. James Curran 6/7th Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers (d.31st July 1917)

One of three brothers who were killed during WWI, and an uncle of my mother, James Curran died on the 31st of July 1917 and his name is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium.

Glenn Lamont


2nd Lt. David Barr MC 12th Btn Royal Scots Fusiliers

David joined the Gordon Highlanders and the was in the 5th Battn Royal Scots Fusiliers and then was attached to the 12th Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers at the rank of 2nd Lieutenant.

According to Gazette No. 31680...He was awarded the Military Cross.

On the 31st October 1918 during an attack south-west of Audenarde, after early losing his company commander, he continued the advance, and when checked by machine gun fire from an enemy post he worked around the flanks of the position and rushed the post, capturing two machine guns. Throughout the operations he set a fine example of courage and initiative to his men.

David immigrated to Australia in the 1920's and was living in Maryborough, Victoria at the time of his death on 11 August 1970

Barry Goodall


Joseph Brown 2nd Btn. Royal Scots Fusiliers (d.21st May 1917)

Joseph Brown was born in Carlisle on 17th of July 1879. He married Catherine Duff from Ayr in 1905 while stationed at Ayr Barracks with the Royal Scots Fusiliers. He retired from the army, had 4 children (3 of which survived) and rejoined the Royal Scots Fusiliers 2nd Battalion, arriving in France in September 1914. Joseph's battalion suffered grave losses at the 1st Battle of Ypres, and Joseph was sent home with 'stress of active service' in November 1914. He was declared insane and died in Garlands Asylum, Carlisle on 21st of May 1917 aged 37.

Joseph was accepted for commemoration by the Commonwealth Grave Commission in May 2015, after the In from the cold project presented his case. A gravestone was erected in 2016, almost 99 years after his death.


Capt. James Strang MID. 12th Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers

James Strang was the step-father of my late father-in-law Peter Pascoe and I have found Captain Strang's certificate of Mentioned In Despatches signed by Winston Churchill. I am trying to find out more details of the action in which he was MID.

Aidan Cuddington


L/Cpl. Terence McSherry 2nd Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers (d.30th July 1916)

L/Cpl Terence McSherry was my great uncle. My father was named after him although he never met him. Terence died during the attack on Guillemont on 30th July 1916 when the 2nd Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers were all but obliterated.

I am still trying to find a photograph of him.

I will be visiting Theipval & Guillemont in July 2016 to mark the 100th anniversary of his death.

Terence's older brother James 7th (Leith) Battalion, The Royal Scots was killed in the Quintinshill Rail Disaster, near Gretna on 22nd May 1915 whilst enroute to fight in Gallipoli.

Both brothers were lost at the young age of 24.

Carol Nowell


Pte. Wilson Royal Scots Fusiliers

Private Wilson was a prisoner in Gustrow POW Camp, where he is reported dying as a consequence of eating bad food.


Cpl. R. Burrows Royal Scots Fusiliers

Corporal Burrows was a POW at Gustrow in Mecklenburg and also at Suder Zoll Haus Camp. He recorded that at Gustrow men died from eating bad food because the Germans refused to give them adequate rations. Out of desperate hunger, soldiers ate food that had `gone-off'. Burrows mentioned that Privates Worsfold (Queens Rgt), Robinson (Lincolns), Poulton and Wilson (both Royal Scots Fusiliers) all died.


L/Cpl. Terence McSherry 2nd Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers (d.30th July 1916)

Terence McSherry was my Great Uncle. My Father was named after him. I do not have a photograph of Terence, although I continue my search to find one.

Terence's older brother, Pte James McSherry, 7th Battalion (Leith) died whilst enroute to Gallipoli in the Quintinshill Rail Disaster on 22nd May 1915.

Carol Nowell


Pte. Thomas Thurlow 1st Btn. Royal Scots Fusiliers (d.3rd May 1917)

My grandfather found a medal commemorating the First World War and this gentleman's details are shown, Pte. T Thurlow 15700. I have no other information.

Editor's Note. Thomas Thurlow is commemorated on the Arras Memorial. He was the don of William and Carrie Thurlow of Driffield, Yorks.; husband of Lily Thurlow of 2. Horner St., Hunslet, Leeds.


Pte. Daniel Mulloy 11th Btn. Royal Scots Fusiliers (d.17th Aug 1916)

Daniel Mulloy was my great uncle. He saw action in the Boer War and also in the First World War. In September 1915, during the Battle of Loos, he sustained a severe head wound and survived, though incapacitated. He was sent home to his local hospital, Kirkcudbright Cottage Hospital, where, after many months recuperation, he was deemed fit to be sent home, but not fit to return to active service and was discharged.

Soon thereafter he suffered a major epileptic seizure whilst out in the street, he was readmitted to the Cottage Hospital but did not regain consciousness and died later that day. This was reported in the local newspaper, which referred to him as a "Poor Old Soldier." He was 37 years old when he died.

Lorraine Hamilton


Pte. Charles Serrels 1st Btn. Royal Scots Fusiliers

Charles Serrels 2nd from left at Gosport in 1914

Charles Serrels was a piper with 1st Battalion of Royal Scots Fusiliers. He joined on 20th Nov 1907 and was honourably discharged on 19th Feb 1919 due to disability having been gassed twice in WW1.

Discharge form

Discharge Certificate

Meg Gilbert


Pte. Peter Whitlie 2nd Btn Royal Scots Fusiliers (d.23rd April 1917)

Peter Whitlie joined the 3rd battalion Kings Own Scottish Borderers on the 26th June 1916 and then transferred on 5th October 1916 to the 2nd Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers. He was posted to France on 5th Oct 1916. Between 26th March and 14th April 1917 he was attending a course at the School of Cookery. He returned to the 2nd Battalion RSF on 15th April and was killed in action on 23rd April 1917. His name is on the missing at Arras memorial.

He was married with three young children. The youngest was born 24th April 1916. He was married at Paxton on 28th Dec 1912. The family lived at Ayton when Peter was called up. His widow was awarded a pension of 26/3 a week for herself and three children. She spent some months trying to get this. The local vicar wrote on her behalf.

Diane Taylor


Pte. Patrick Sweeney 4th Btn. Royal Scots Fusiliers

Paddy Sweeney served with the 1/4th Royal Scots Fusiliers

1/4 RSF at Gallipoli some Anzacs are in the picture

Before shipping out training near


Pte. David Fowler 1/5th Btn. Royal Scots Fusiliers (d.12th July 1915)

David Fowler was born on 17th February, 1895, in Catrine, Ayrshire. I do not know when he enlisted, but on the 21st May, 1915, he and his battalion embarked for Gallipoli from Liverpool on board RMS Mauretania. They arrived in Mudros, Greece, on 29th May briefly before moving on to Gallipoli on 7th June.

Lead by Lieutenant-Colonel J.B. Pollok-McCall, the battalion numbered around 900 men. It would have been a baptism of fire for David as the historians tell us that their first rest camp was heavily shelled. The battalion was put into the front line almost right away to relieve units of the 29th Division, resulting in many casualties of which David was not one. For a month, the battalion waited in rest camps (that would not have afforded much rest) until allied victories won the Gulley Ravine, clearing a path to Krithia. It was this final push on the Turkish front between Kereves Dere and Achi Baba nullah that brought David's life and story to a close. For the battle, henceforth known as "The Attempt on Achi Baba", the 155th Brigade formed the centre of a staggered three-prong attack. The 5th Battalion (David's) were in brigade reserve. The centre attack comprised of four waves, and on the fourth wave General Erskine sent in two companies of the 5th Battalion to support the 5th King's Own Scottish Borderers. It is entirely likely that David was one of those men sent forward, for on that day he was killed in action.

His name, among many others, can be found on the Helles Memorial. It's sad to say that the only story I can contribute are the cold facts.

Steven Fowler


L/Cpl. Terence McSherry 2nd Btn. Royal Scots Fusiliers (d.30th July 1915)

Terence McSherry was my great uncle, and the uncle my father Terry was named after. If anyone has a photograph of him, we would be very grateful to see it.

Terence's brother James died in the Quintinshill Rail Disaster 22nd May 1915 on his way with his unit the 1/7th Battalion (Leith) Royal Scots to serve in Gallipoli.

Carol Nowell


Pte. Albert Patchett 1/4th Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers (d.15th April 1917)

We didn't know of my mother's cousin, Albert Patchett. We have no idea how he came to be in the Royal Scots Fusiliers, in fact we have only found out his existence in the last few months! I will continue to research his story.

Alistair Crawford


Pte. Robert West 2nd Btn. Royal Scots Fusiliers

I don't know much about my father's time during WW1 I have his regimental numbers, he was Pte 40420 Robert West in the Royal Scots Fusiliers and 6157 in Royal Scots. He was wounded in 1917 and sent to Yeovil Hospital. Any help would be appreciated.

George West


Sgt. Sidney Melvin MiD. 1st Btn Royal Scots Fusiliers

Sidney Melvin was Mentioned in Dispatches according to the London Gazette of the 17th of February 1915, page 1661.



Pte. William Taylor 12th Btn. Royal Scots Fusiliers

William Taylor joined the Royal Scots Fusiliers on 1st Sept 1914. He was born in 1898.

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