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Highland Light Infantry

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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)
  • Armstrong William. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.13th August 1916)
  • Ballantyne George. Pte. 2nd Btn (d.28th April 1917)
  • Barr Angus Mitchell. Pte. 9th Battalion (d.16th May 1915)
  • Barr John. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.24th Dec 1915)
  • Barr John. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.24th Dec 1915)
  • Barr Joseph. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.7th Nov 1914)
  • Barrett Thomas. Pte. (d.25th Oct 1917)
  • Bayley Peter Ferguson. 2nd Lt. 9th Btn. (d.23th March 1918)
  • 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)
  • Bruce Robert Simon. Sgt. 9th Btn. (d.20th May 1917)
  • Cameron Thomas. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.8th March 1916)
  • Campbell William. Pte. 2nd (Glasgow) Btn.
  • Cavan George. RSM 9th Battalion Glasgow (d.13th April 1918)
  • Chisholm Christopher. Pte. 5th Battalion (d.2nd September 1915)
  • 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
  • Cowie Norman. Pte. D Coy, 10th/11th Battalion (d.30th July 1916)
  • Craike-Pickering Maurice Stanley. Lt. 25th Machine Gun Battalion (d.14th April 1918)
  • Crawford John. Pte. 2nd Btn.
  • 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)
  • Donley Joseph. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.15th November 1916)
  • 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)
  • Forrest Andrew Bryson. Pte. 17th Battalion
  • Fox John. Pte. 2nd Btn (d.17th April 1918)
  • French William S.. L/Cpl. 18th Btn. (d.4th Oct 1916)
  • 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)
  • Glencross Robert. Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.23rd August 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 Alexander. L/Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.23rd Oct 1916)
  • Green William. L/Cpl. 9th Btn. B Coy (d.29th Sep 1918)
  • Halliday William Paterson. Pte. 15th (1st Glasgow) Battalion (d.22nd Sep 1917)
  • Harris Frederick James. Lt. (d.13th April 1918)
  • Harvey John Campbell. Cpl. 10th/11th Btn.
  • Hayes Edward. Pte. 18th Btn (d.26th Mar 1918)
  • Healy Patrick. Pte.
  • 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)
  • Hislop Alexander. Pte. 18th Btn. (d.14th March 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.
  • Kennedy Francis. Pte. 18th Btn. (d.30th September 1918)
  • Kennedy Thomas. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.25th September 1915)
  • Kidd Thomas. Pte.
  • Lapping Harry. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.1st Aug 1917)
  • 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)
  • Lowrie Kenneth Campbell. L/Cpl. 1/4th Btn. (d.13th Nov 1917)
  • Lyall John. Pte. 16th Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Lynch Patrick. Pte 18th Battalion (d.9th Sep 1916)
  • MacDonald Daniel Stewart. Pte. (d.15th Jul 1917)
  • 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)
  • McCarren David Stewart. L/Sgt. 15th Btn.
  • 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)
  • McLarty John. Sgt. 1st/5th Btn. (d.25th Dec 1915)
  • 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
  • Moodie William Anderson. Pte. 16th Btn.
  • 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)
  • Palmer Alexander. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.26th Sep 1915)
  • Patrick James. Pte. 14th Battalion (d.24th Nov 1917)
  • 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)
  • Rowley Charles. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.17th October 1915)
  • Rowley Charles. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.17th Oct 1915)
  • Russell Alexander. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.13th Sep 1916)
  • Sandison Robert. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.11th January 1917)
  • Sharp David. Pte. 6th Battalion (d.12th July 1915)
  • Sharp David. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.12th July 1915)
  • Shaw Frank. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.12th April 1918)
  • Shepherd George Petrie Ogilvie. Pte. 15th Btn.
  • Slack Albert Edward. Sgt. 28th Coy. (d.19th Jul 1916)
  • Smith Thomas Yates. Pte. 8th Btn.
  • Steel Francis Cranston. Pte.
  • Stewart John. Pte. 6th Battalion
  • Stewart William. Cpl. 2nd Battalion (d.25th November 1914)
  • 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)
  • Thomson George William. Sgt. 2/7th Btn. B Coy.
  • 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)
  • Woodsell William Thomas. Pte. 17th Btn. (d.1st April 1917)
  • 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.


L/Cpl. Alexander Green 1st Btn. Highland Light Infantry (d.23rd Oct 1916)

Alexander Green served with the 1st Btn. Highland Light Infantry

Jan Green


Pte. Daniel Stewart MacDonald Highland Light Infantry (d.15th Jul 1917)

Daniel MacDonald was my grand uncle, the brother of my grandfather. He was killed in action at age 32 in Nieuport, West Flanders, Belgium. He is memorialized in Belgium but no one in the family knows where he was laid to rest. My grandfather kept the photo of Danny for the rest of his life.

Tammy Lenski


2nd Lt. Peter Ferguson "Old Bill" Bayley 9th Btn. Rifle Brigade (d.23th March 1918)

Before becoming commissioned Peter Bayley served as a Corporal in the 12th Highland Light Infantry with the service number 4034. He became a temporary 2nd Lt on 26th June 1917. He joined his battalion in France on 5th December 1917.

Peter was wounded (gun shot, right thigh) at Passchendaele on 13th December 1917. He rejoined his battalion on 11th February 1918. He was reported as missing in action between 22nd and 24th March 1918 at Flavy-Le-Martel. Later, because his father was in denial about his son's death, as it was presumed he was POW. However, having contacted his son's fellow comrades he found out his son was killed on 23rd March 1918 due to a wound to the leg. He had told his men not to wait with him as it was part of a retreat. Rest In peace. Brave soul.



Pte. William Anderson Moodie 16th Btn. Highland Light Infantry

William Moodie received a bad leg injury he was captured on the 18th of November 1916 at Mailly on the Somme and became a prisoner of war. In February or March 1917, William as POW was in the War hospital in Cambrai, (Krg. Laz. Bay 6 Cambrai) being treated for a broken ankle or thigh. William was re-repatriated from Germany on the 5th of May 1918 and admitted to King George Hospital, Stamford Street, Waterloo, London with a shot gun wound, ankle left, shrapnel wound. He was discharged from Army on the 12th of December 1918 as no longer physically fit for war service and awarded the British War Medal and Victory medal.

On the 10th of 1929 William Moodie, aged 45 (passenger 175071), previously of 5 Hill Road, Arbroath, departed from Port of Greenock on the Canadian Pacific ship, Montrose, heading to port of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada (Third class passenger, No 57).

James Anderson


Pte. Christopher Chisholm 5th Battalion Highland Light Infantry (d.2nd September 1915)

He served in Gallipoli


Pte. Joseph Barr 2nd Btn. Highland Light Infantry (d.7th Nov 1914)

My Grandfather Joseph Barr, 7134, 2nd HLI was killed on 7th of November 1914, near Ypres, when his trench was invaded by a large number of Germans. He was one of a small number of casualties. He and his fallen comrades are buried in Oosttaverne Cemetery. This event was the one when Lt. W.L.Brodie won his VC, widely and wrongly reported as 11.11.1914 the day when 2HLI's CO recorded the full event in his diary. It is a big story and can be found on the Scotland's War website under the section Lanarkshire War.

Joe Barr


L/Cpl. William S. French 18th Btn. Highland Light Infantry (d.4th Oct 1916)

William French was killed by a mortar along with three men and one officer at Roclincourt, France.

Stephen Hesketh


Pte. Thomas Cameron 1st Btn. Highland Light Infantry (d.8th March 1916)

The small woman is Margaret Cameron., Thomas' wife.

Remembered at the Basra Memorial, it seems highly likely that Thomas Cameron was killed during the attack on the Dujaila Redoubt. This was on the march to Bagdad which led to a section of the British Army being cut off at Kut. He was 38 years old when he died and left a wife, Margaret and 7 children at his home in Great Hamilton Street, Paisley.

Intimation in the Glasgow Evening Times

Paul Cochrane


Lt. Maurice Stanley Craike-Pickering MC. 25th Machine Gun Battalion Machine Gun Corp (d.14th April 1918)

My Great Great Uncle, Lieutenant Maurice Stanley Craike-Pickering MC. was son of Seth Pickering and his wife Mary Craike of Beverley East Yorkshire. He was born at Beverley in 1886 and educated at Beverley Grammar School. In 1901 he began work as an apprentice Cabinet Maker to his father who was a cabinet maker and shopkeeper in Beverley. He was Initiated into Constitutional Lodge No 294 Province of Yorkshire North and East Ridings and was a Joining Member of Maguncor Lodge. Later he became a Rubber Planter in Dutch Borneo.

Commissioned and Gazetted as 2nd Lieutenant 13th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry 7th April 1915; transferred to the Machine Gun Corps 26th November 1915; served with the Expeditionary force in France and Flanders from March 1916. He was awarded the Military Cross (London Gazette 14th November 1916) "For conspicuous gallantry in action. with his machine gun with great courage and determination, repulsing an enemy counter-attack at a critical time".

The husband of Jean Craike-Pickering of 29 Braidburn Court, Edinburgh, he was wounded at the First Battle of the Somme on the 15th September 1916. He died of his wounds in the Herbert Samuelson Hospital Brighton on the 14th April 1918 aged 32. Remembered with Honour in Brighton and Preston Cemetery. Sussex.

Sarah-Louise Pegden


Pte. John Crawford DCM. 2nd Btn. Highland Light Infantry

John Crawford was wounded in action in France. He was awarded the DCM "For conspicuous gallantry on many occasions in conveying messages under heavy shell and rifle fire and for zeal and coolness in the performance of his duties".

Stuart Crawford


Pte. Charles Rowley 2nd Battalion Highland Light Infantry (d.17th Oct 1915)

My great uncle, Charles Rowley, was killed in action.

Carole Gonsalez


Pte. Patrick Healy Highland Light Infantry

My grandfather Patrick Healy was a patient at the Dunlop Auxiliary Hospital having been gassed whilst on active service. My grandmother, Jeanie Moffat McGuire was the daughter of the head gardener James McGuire, at Dunlop House, living at West Lodge. She used to walk up to the big house and write letters for the soldiers resident there. She met my grandfather there and they later married. He died when my mother was 10, due to the effects of the gas.


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