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Those known to have served with

Highland Light Infantry

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Alexander Donald. Pte. 11th (Service) Battalion (d.19th Dec 1915)
  • Anderson John. Pte. 6th Btn.
  • Anderson William Herbert. Lt/Col. 12th Btn. (d.25th March 1918)
  • Archer Robert. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.14th Aug 1915)
  • Ballantyne George. Pte. 2nd Btn (d.28th April 1917)
  • Barr John. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.24th Dec 1915)
  • Barr John. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.24th Dec 1915)
  • Barrett Thomas. Pte. (d.25th Oct 1917)
  • Bennet James. L/Cpl. 11th Battalion (d.3rd May 1917)
  • Birrell Peter. Pte. 14th Btn. (d.30th Nov 1917)
  • Bollands Walter. Pte. 5th Battalion
  • Bowes Norman. Pte. 9th Battalion
  • Bright James. Pte. 18th (4th Glasgow) Battalion (d.14th March 1916)
  • Brodie Walter Lorrain. Lt.Col. 2nd Btn. (d.21st Aug 1918)
  • Broom Richard Edwin. Cpl. 2nd Btn.
  • Brown George William. Pte. 15th Battalion (d.16th Apr 1918)
  • Campbell William. Pte. 2nd (Glasgow) Btn.
  • Clarke Wilson. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.9th Jan 1917)
  • Cleary Peter Flemming. Pte. Highland Light Infantry
  • Clint John Alexander Spence. Pte. 9th Btn
  • Conley Andrew. Pte. 10th/11th Btn. (d.24 Apr 1917)
  • Cottam James William. Pte. 18th Battalion
  • Cull Michael Mcull. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.19th Apr 1916)
  • Darcy James. Pte. 18th Btn.
  • Dawson William Thomas . Pte. 10th Battalion (d.31st Aug 1918)
  • Dow James. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.19th Dec1915)
  • Duckett Kenneth Lees. 2nd Lt. 9th Btn. (d.22nd Aug 1916)
  • Elder Robert Hamilton. Pte. 18th Battalion (d.18th July 1916)
  • Evans Daniel. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.17th June 1916)
  • Farquhar Alaexander George. Pte. 2nd Battalion
  • Fenn John. Pte.
  • Fergusson James Adam Hamilton. 2nd Lt. (d.20th Sep 1914)
  • Ferris Richard. Pte. 1/7th Btn. (d.28th Aug 1915)
  • Flynn Hugh. Pte. 18th Btn. (d.15th Nov 1916)
  • Fox John. Pte. 2nd Btn (d.17th April 1918)
  • Gardiner George.
  • Gibson Archibald Rutherford. Pte. 1/6 Btn (d.10th Jan 1916)
  • Gibson Malcolm. Pte. 18th Btn.(4th Glasgow) (d.18th Jul 1916)
  • Gibson-Craig Archibald Charles. Lt. 2nd Btn. (d.14 September 1914)
  • Gillon William. Pte. 6th Battalion (d.17th Sep 1918)
  • Gore Francis. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.25th Sept 1915)
  • Gough John Thomas. Pte. 15th Btn. (d.5th Nov 1918)
  • Gray Alexander. Private 18th Battalion (d.31st July 1917)
  • Green William. L/Cpl. 9th Btn. B Coy (d.29th Sep 1918)
  • Harris Frederick James. Lt. (d.13th April 1918)
  • Hayes Edward. Pte. 18th Btn (d.26th Mar 1918)
  • Henderson Andrew Crooks. Corporal 10th/11th Btn. (d.23 April 1917)
  • Hendry David Douglas. RQMS. 18th Btn.
  • Higgins Thomas. Pte. 10th Battalion (d.Sept 1916)
  • Hitchcock Walter Sydney.
  • Hogg William Bain. Pte. 5th (City of Glasgow) Btn. D Coy (d.22nd Nov 1915)
  • Houston John. 18th Btn.
  • Hudson George. Pte. 7th Btn (d.17th Jul 1915)
  • Kelly James. Pte.
  • Kidd Thomas. Pte.
  • Lawrie James. L/Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.30th Jun 1918)
  • Lewis Charles. Cpl. 12th Btn. (d.11th Mar 1916)
  • Livie John F.. L/Cpl 10th/11th Battalion (d.9th Apr 1918)
  • Love Alexander. L/Cpl. 6th Bn (d.8th Aug 1917)
  • Lynch Patrick. Pte 18th Battalion (d.9th Sep 1916)
  • Maley Joseph Stanislaus. Cpl. 9th (Glasgow Hds.) Btn. B Coy. (d.17th May 1915)
  • Mark William John. Sgt. 9th Battalion
  • Martin William. Pte. 9th Glasgow Btn. (d.26th Sep 1917)
  • Mavor Eric. 2nd Lt. 6th (City Of Glasgow) Btn.
  • McCann Frank. Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.4th Nov 1918)
  • McCann Joseph Davidson. Cpl. 5th Btn. (d.30th Nov 1917)
  • McCarthy John.
  • McCaw Thomas. Sgt. 15th Btn (d.3rd July 1916)
  • McConnell Daniel. Pte. 12th Btn.
  • McDermott Thomas. L/Cpl 10th/11th Bn Highland Light Infantry (d.29th March 1917)
  • McDermott Thomas. L/Cpl 10th/11th Battalion (d.29th March 1917)
  • McDermott Thomas. Lieutenant Corporal 10th/11th Battalion (d.29th March 1917)
  • McKay Alexander. L/Cpl. 16th (2nd Glasgow) Btn. (d.16th Aug 1916)
  • Mclaughlin John. Pte. 11th Btn.
  • McLoy John Joseph. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.11th Apr 1917)
  • McQuade John. Pte. 18th Btn. (d.6th Nov 1916)
  • McWhirter Arthur. Pte. D Company, 15th Btn
  • Mees Hugh Macdonald. Pte. 18th Battalion (d.2nd March 1916)
  • Midgley Edward Raynor. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.27th September 1917)
  • Miller John Lamb. Pte. 15th Service Btn. 13 Coy
  • Miller Peter Stalker. 2nd Btn.
  • Miller Thomas. Sgt.
  • Milligan John.
  • Mitchell Colin Campbell. Capt. 10th Battalion
  • Muir James. L/Cpl. 1st/6th Bat. (d.24th Aug 1918)
  • O'Connor Thomas. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.14th Jul 1915)
  • O'Sullivan Patrick. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.29th Sep 1918)
  • Perris Albert Joseph. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.3rd Nov 1914)
  • Phillips James Leonard. Pte. 12th (Service) Btn (d.25th Mar 1918)
  • Powney Frederick William. Pte. 9th (Glasgow Hds.) Bn. (d.11th Oct 1917)
  • Read Eber. Pte. 5th Battalion. (d.29th Sep 1918)
  • Reid Alexander. Pte. 16th Btn. (d.31st Jan 1917)
  • Rennie Thomas. Pte 12th Btn (d.19th Aug 1916)
  • Robertson James. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.25th Sep 1915)
  • Russell Alexander. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.13th Sep 1916)
  • Sharp David. Pte. 6th Battalion (d.12th July 1915)
  • Sharp David. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.12th July 1915)
  • Shepherd George Petrie Ogilvie. Pte. 15th Btn.
  • Slack Albert Edward. Sgt. 28th Coy. (d.19th Jul 1916)
  • Steel Francis Cranston. Pte.
  • Stewart John. Pte. 6th Battalion
  • StGeorge-Yorke Frederick. Lt.
  • Stobie Robert Stewart Richardson. Pte. 9th (Glasgow Highland) Btn.
  • Tassie John. L/Cpl 18th Battalion (d.25th Aug 1916)
  • Thompson Robert. Cpl. 9th (Glasgow) Btn. (d.24th Oct 1917)
  • Todd William. Pte. 9th (Glasgow Highlanders) Battalion, C Company. (d.26th Sep 1917)
  • Turnbull James Yuill. Sgt. 17th Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Turner Andrew. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.22nd Mar 1915)
  • Turner Andrew. Pte. (d.22nd Mar 1915)
  • Tyson Bertram. Pte. 16th Btn. (d.27th Nov 1917)
  • Wilkinson Charles. Pte. 5th Btn (d.30th Nov 1917)
  • Williamson Althol. Sjt. 6th Btn.
  • Wilson William. Pte. 1/7th Btn. (d.14th Aug 1916)
  • Wood Joseph Ebenezer. L/Sgt. 9th Btn. (d.13th April 1918)
  • Woodburn William A.. Pte. 18th Btn. (d.17th Oct 1918)
  • Workman John. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.2nd January 1917)

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Pte. Michael Mcull Cull 2nd Btn. Highland Light Infantry (d.19th Apr 1916)

Michael Cull was my grandfather. He served with the Highland Light Infantry 2nd Battalion. He died on 19th April 1916 and is buried in Tranchee Mecknes Cemetery Aix- Noulette. Which is small with a mixture of Nationalities.

Approx. 2months after his death his widow died of consumption. Her two young children, both girls, were placed into the care of nuns. His widow was buried in a pauper's grave. I am not allowed to mark her grave as she is buried with others and the authorities have said that relatives of the others may not want this. I have never had a grandfather and would desperately like to know how Michael died and what action took place.

Patricia Unwin


Lt/Col. William Herbert Anderson VC 12th Btn. Highland Light Infantry (d.25th March 1918)

William Anderson was killed in action on 25th March 1918 aged 36 and is buried in the Peronne Road Cemetery in France. He was the son of W. J. Anderson, C.B.E., of Strathairly, Largo, Fife, husband of Gertrude Campbell Anderson, of 23, Abingdon Court, Kensington, London.

An extract from the London Gazette,"dated 30th April, 1918, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery, determination, and gallant leading of his command. The enemy attacked on the right of the battalion frontage and succeeded in penetrating the wood held by our men. Owing to successive lines of the enemy following on closely there was the greatest danger that the flank of the whole position would be turned. Grasping the seriousness of the situation, Colonel Anderson made his way across the open in full view of the enemy now holding the wood on the right, and after much effort succeeded in gathering the remainder of the two right companies. He personally led the counter-attack and drove the enemy from the wood, capturing twelve machine guns and seventy prisoners, and restoring the original line. His conduct in leading the charge was quite fearless and his most splendid example was the means of rallying and inspiring the men during the most critical hour. Later on the same day, in another position, the enemy had penetrated to within three hundred yards of the village and were holding a timber yard in force. Colonel Anderson reorganised his men after they had been driven in and brought them forward to a position of readiness for a counter-attack. He led the attack in person and throughout showed the utmost disregard for his own safety. The counter-attack drove the enemy from his position, but resulted in this very gallant officer losing his life. He died fighting within the enemy's lines, setting a magnificent example to all who were privileged to serve under him."

s flynn


Lt.Col. Walter Lorrain Brodie VC, MC. 2nd Btn. Highland Light Infantry (d.21st Aug 1918)

Walter Brodie was killed in action on 23rd of August 1918, aged 34 and is buried in Bienvillers Military Cemetery in France. Son of John Wilson Brodie, of 23, Belgrave Crescent, Edinburgh, he was the husband of Grace Mary Brodie.

An extract from the London Gazette, No. 29005, dated 12th Dec., 1914, records the following:- "For conspicuous gallantry near Becelaere on the 11th November, in clearing the enemy out of a portion of our trenches which they had succeeded in occupying. Heading the charge, he bayoneted several of the enemy, and thereby relieved a dangerous situation. As a result of Lt. Brodie's promptitude, 80 of the enemy were killed and 51 taken prisoners."

s flynn


Cpl. Joseph Stanislaus Maley 9th (Glasgow Hds.) Btn. B Coy. Highland Light Infantry (d.17th May 1915)

Josie Maley died of wounds on the 17th May 1915 aged 22 at the battle of Festubert and is buried in Bethune Town Cemetery, France. Son of Thomas E. Maley and Elizabeth Maley of 66, Wilton St. Glasgow, he was known as Josie to his family and friends. Josie's memory was kept alive by his family and he was never forgotten by his three younger sisters. In later years this photograph always had pride of place in the home of one of them.

s flynn


Sgt. James Yuill Turnbull VC 17th Btn. Highland Light Infantry (d.1st July 1916)

James Youll Turnbull was killed in action on 1st July 1916 aged 32 and buried in in Lonsdale Cemetery in France. He was the son of James and Elizabeth Turnbull of Glasgow.

An extract from The London Gazette, No. 29836, dated 24th Nov., 1916, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty, when, having with his party captured a post apparently of great importance to the enemy, he was subjected to severe counter-attacks, which were continuous throughout the whole day. Although his party was wiped out and replaced several times during the day, Serjeant Turnbull never wavered in his determination to hold the post, the loss of which would have been very serious. Almost, single-handed, he maintained his position, and displayed the highest degree of valour and skill in the performance of his duties. Later in the day this very gallant soldier was killed whilst bombing a counter-attack from the parados of our trench."

s flynn


Pte. Alexander Russell 12th Btn. Highland Light Infantry (d.13th Sep 1916)

Alexander Russell was killed in action on the 13th of September 1916 and is buried in the Flatiron Copse Cemetery in France. He resided at Chapelhall and enlisted at Holytown, Lanarkshire

s flynn


Pte. Frederick William Powney 9th (Glasgow Hds.) Bn. Highland Light Infantry (d.11th Oct 1917)

Frederick Powney died on the 11th of October 1917, aged 23. He is buried in the Etaples Military Cemetery in France. Eldest son of William Henry and Bessie Lydia Powney, of 15, Chilton Road, Grosvenor, Bath.

s flynn


Pte. George Hudson 7th Btn Highland Light Infantry (d.17th Jul 1915)

George Hudson was my Grandfather. He signed up in May 1915 and arrived in Gallipoli on 3rd July. He died of wounds on 17th July, probably wounded in the offensive at Achi Baba on 12-13 July. Before the war he had been a miner, recorded in the 1911 census as looking after pit ponies underground. Working down the pit makes him a hero in my eyes. Dying as he did in such a pointless, badly organized campaign as Gallipoli makes him a hero twice over.


Pte. Daniel McConnell 12th Btn. Highland Light Infantry

Daniel McConnell enlisted in the 12th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry at Hamilton on the 2nd of September 1914. He landed at Boulogne after training on 10th of July 1915. Unfortunately, on 28th of July 1915, only 18 days later Daniel lost a leg and his war was over. He was 21 years of age. Unfortunately, Daniel like so many of his brothers in arms, found it challenging to talk about the war and therefore no stories have been passed down through the generations to tell.

Karon Brown


Pte. John Workman DCM 12th Btn. Highland Light Infantry (d.2nd January 1917)

John Workman was awarded the DCM and a field promotion to Corporal.

William Workman


L/Cpl. William Green 9th Btn. B Coy Highland Light Infantry (d.29th Sep 1918)

William Green was my maternal grandmother's older brother. I knew very little about him, other than his name and that he died in WWI. I was able to research his rank/serial number/company and battalion, that he married, in Stirling in April 1918, assume he was home on leave and was killed on 29 Sept 1918. There is no grave, however he is remembered with great pride on the Vis-En-Artois Memorial, Haucourt, Pas de Calais, France, which is about 10km south east of Arras. I don't know in which battle he was killed. In researching him, I discovered a great uncle of my husband's, whom he knew nothing about. He was a gunner with The Royal Horse and Royal Field Artillery, he died on 8th October 1918 and is buried in Proville British Cemetery, France.

I submitted both their names for last year's Roll of Honour at The Tower of London. Both names were read, close together, 'at the going down of the sun'. A very emotional and humbling ceremony.

E Foley


Sgt. Thomas Miller Highland Light Infantry

Sergeant Miller volunteered to help medical staff at Wittenberg POW Camp, where he was a prisoner, during the typhus epidemic outbreak (from January to late July 1915). Sgt. Miller did not succumb to the disease.


Pte. David Sharp 6th Btn. Highland Light Infantry (d.12th July 1915)

David Sharp was my Grandfather. My Mother was born three months after her father was killed. My Grandmother had a "Dead Man's Penny" she received with a letter from the King when David was killed but this sadly has long since disappeared.

Patricia Caldwell


Pte. John Fox 2nd Btn King's Own Scottish Borderers (d.17th April 1918)

My great grandfather John Fox joined the Highland Light Infantry in 1915. After suffering from kidney problems and hypothermia during training he was invalided out. It seems he immediately reenlisted with the King's Own Scottish Borderers in 1915. He died during skirmishes associated with the Battle of the Lys, on 17th of April 1918, and he is commemorated on The Ploegsteert Memorial to the Missing. He left behind a wife and 13 children. I know very little of the KOSB's movements during 1918, and if anyone can point me in the right direction I would be grateful.

Charles Fox Jnr


Lt. Frederick StGeorge-Yorke MC. Highland Light Infantry

Frederick St George Yorke was my great grandfather. I don't have much information regarding his service record. I do know that he was injured, contracted gangrene, and one leg was amputated. He was awarded the Military Cross 'For conspicuous gallantry after an explosion which had destroyed a post. 2nd Lieutenant St. George Yorke led forward a small reinforcement under heavy fire and assisted in re-organising the defence' - in April 1916.

David Delbecq


L/Cpl. Alexander McKay 16th (2nd Glasgow) Btn. Highland Light Infantry (d.16th Aug 1916)

Alexander McKay was killed in action and is buried at Cambrin Churchyard Extension. Cambrin is a village about 24 kilometres north of Arras and about 8 kilometres east of Bethune, on the road to La Bassee, France.



Pte. Patrick O'Sullivan 6th Btn. Highland Light Infantry (d.29th Sep 1918)

Patrick O'Sullivan was conscripted sometime in early 1916. He was wounded on October of that year and sent home to recover. His only daughter was born in March 1916. He died of his wounds near the village of Moeuvres (northern France) during the attack on the Canal du Nord. He is buried in the village of Ficheux.



Pte. William Campbell 2nd (Glasgow) Btn. Highland Light Infantry

My frandfather, William Campbell was born in 1881. He served in the First World War with the 2nd (Glasgow) Battalion, H.L.I. William, his wife Isabella Fulton, with four sons, emigrated to Canada following the war and died in Montreal in 1953. William's brother, Duncan McDonald Campbell, who had emigrated to Canada before the commencement of hostilities, served for Canada in WW1. He was killed at Festubert, France on 20th May 1915 and is buried in the Vimy Memorial. All four of William's sons, William, Duncan, John and Robert served Canada in WW2. My father was William and I was named after my great uncle Duncan who lost his life in WW1. My mother was Margaret Smith and all four of her brothers served Canada in WW2. My grandfather William is remembered as a hero in many ways as he is also recognized in the Carnegie Hero Trust for saving the life of a 10-year-old boy who had fallen off a ship at Whiteinch, Scotland on the river Clyde on 19th May 1914, shortly before he left for WW1.

I am in the process of reframing my grandfather's British War Medal, Victory Medal, British Campaign Medal, Royal Society Bronze Medal and Masonic Pin to pass to my son, Darrell Campbell, and to grandson Jessie Campbell. 100 years and five generations later our extended families continue to respect and give thanks to William for his service and legacy. His values run deep.

Duncan Fulton Campbell


Pte. Norman Bowes 9th Battalion Highland Light Infantry

Norman Bowes must have been in the Territorials, probably just before the war broke out. I was told as a child that he was wounded in the hand, at the battle of Loos and invalided out. He spent the remainder of his life, as far as I am aware, as an accountant, and died in the 70s. His 1914/15 star and the two war medals (Pip, Squeak and Wilfred?) are still extant.

Mike Blair


Pte. Francis Cranston Steel Highland Light Infantry

My grandfather was Francis Steel, born on 20th April 1908 in Paisley, Scotland. He worked in a cotton factory and served in France. His date of entry to the army was 1st June 1915. Initially in the Highland Light Infantry, Private, Army No. 8533, he then entered the Labour Corps as a Private, Army No. 511382.

So far I've found no trace of his army history. I have a photo of him in army uniform but there are no distinguishing marks to indicate what branch of the army he was in. After the war he went to the USA for a time but it is believed he had to leave after causing a fire in a factory. He died in Scotland in 1960.

Jim Steel

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