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Highland Light Infantry
- 1st Battalion, Highland Light Infantry
- 2nd Battalion, Highland Light Infantry
- 3rd Battalion, Highland Light Infantry
- 4th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry
- 2/5th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry
- 2/6th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry
- 2/7th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry
- 2/9th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry
- 21st Battalion, Highland Light Infantry
- 3/5th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry
- 3/6th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry
- 3/7th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry
- 3/9th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry
- 5th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry
- 6th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry
- 7th (Blythswood) Battalion, Highland Light Infantry
- 8th (Lanark) Battalion, Highland Light Infantry
- 9th (Glasgow) Battalion, Highland Light Infantry
Kitchener's New Army:
- 10th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry
- 10th/11th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry
- 11th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry
- 12th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry
- 13th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry
- 14th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry
- 15th (1st Glasgow) Battalion, Highland Light Infantry
- 16th (2nd Glasgow) Battalion, Highland Light Infantry
- 17th (3rd Glasgow) Battalion, Highland Light Infantry
- 18th (4th Glasgow) Battalion, Highland Light Infantry
- 19th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry
- 20th Battalion, 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)
- 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)
- Bruce Robert Simon. Sgt. 9th Btn. (d.20th May 1917)
- Campbell William. Pte. 2nd (Glasgow) Btn.
- Cavan George. RSM 9th Battalion Glasgow (d.13th April 1918)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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 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)
- 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)
- 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
- 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)
- 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, Lanarkshires 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. 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 InfantryMy 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.Rachel
Pte. Harry Lapping 12th Btn. Highland Light Infantry (d.1st Aug 1917)Great Uncle Harry Lapping is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.Theresa Carthy
Sgt. John McLarty 1st/5th Btn. Highland Light Infantry (d.25th Dec 1915)My Great Grandfather, John McLarty, served and died during the Galipoli campaign. He was married, my grandfather, his son was the only boy. I believe he had some sisters. John McLarty died at age 25.Dean McLarty
Pte. Thomas Yates Smith 8th Btn. Highland Light InfantryPrivate Smith served in Gallipoli.Ibel Hamilton
L/Cpl. Kenneth Campbell Lowrie 1/4th Btn. Royal Scots Fusiliers (d.13th Nov 1917)Kenneth Lowrie was my grandfather's half brother, the son of John and Kate Lowrie of Helensburgh. He enlisted originally with the Highland Light Infantry in Glasgow (service no 31288) The family story is that he was too young to enlist so lied about his age. He was killed in action in Palestine in 1917 and buried in Ramleh War Cemetery, supposedly aged 19. However he was not born at the time of 1901 census, and was therefore aged about 16 when he died.Jenni Lowrie
Pte. John Lyall 16th Btn. Highland Light Infantry (d.1st July 1916)John Lyall returned to Glasgow from Argentina to join the 16th Btn. Highland Light Infantry, a Pals battalion of the Boys Brigade. He was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.David Yates
Pte. Joseph Donley 2nd Btn. Highland Light Infantry (d.15th November 1916)My grandad - Joseph Donley, served with the Highland Light Infantry, 2nd battalion. It is sad that my father did not have his father in his life, and I also regret not knowing him. His son, my father, was only three years old when grandad was killed in action on the Somme in the Great War on 15th November 1916. His beloved horse was also taken taken for use in the war. His other children Annie Hastings Donley was two years old and a baby, Elizabeth, was just three weeks old when he was killed. I wish I had a photo of my grandad. R.I.P my grandad. I honour you.June E Donley
Pte. Charles Rowley 2nd Btn. Highland Light Infantry (d.17th October 1915)My great uncle Charles Rowley was killed in action in Northern France. He is buried in Cambrin Churchyard.Carole Gonsalez
Sgt. Robert Simon Bruce 9th Btn. Highland Light Infantry (d.20th May 1917)Robert Bruce's great great great grandfather, Robert Mackay, fought with the 93rd (Sutherland) Regiment of Foot at the Battle of New Orleans in January 1815. This regiment later became the "thin red line" of Crimea fame. He served with them from 1800 to 1823, and left them at the age of 49. He died in Clyne, Sutherland, Scotland in 1855.
Robert's nephew, Alexander McLaren, landed on D-Day at 0725 in a Sherman Flail tank of the Westminster Dragoons as part of the 79th Armoured Brigade and served until the end of WW2. He died in Glasgow, Scotland in 1965.
I am his great nephew and served in the Merchant Navy for 41 years, latterly as Captain.D. McLaren
Pte. Frank Shaw 1st Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers (d.12th April 1918)Frank Shaw is my uncle (my mother's brother) he joined the army aged 16 on 19 Nov 1915 serving with the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry with number 2345. His father, (my grandfather) wrote to the War Office including Frank's birth certificate proving that he was only 16 at the time of enlistment. The Army had no choice but to transfer him to class with army reserve, and send him home.
Frank wrote to his former battalion prior to his 18th birthday reminding them that he was due to report, however, he was sent a mobilisation order sending him to the 2/9th Battalion of the Highland Light Infantry, it was now he became private 50839.
On 28th March 1918 he finally sailed for France He was transferred to the Royal Scots Fusiliers renumbered to 41355 and joined the 1st battalion on 2nd of April 1918 and was killed a week later west of Locan near the Basses Canal.
Frank was never found but he is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial. The names of the missing are carved into regiment panels that run around the inside of the memorial. One of them is a young man, so keen to join the army that he falsified his real age of 16 and once spotted wrote to remind the army to recall him. Once with his battalion in France, he served for exactly a week before losing his life.Rod Sheard
Cpl. William Stewart MID 2nd Battalion Highland Light Infantry (d.25th November 1914)Cpl William Stewart, my grandfather, fought in several battles in the early part of WW1. He was seriously wounded and was treated at Poperinghe Hospital in Flanders where he died of his wounds. He is buried in Poperinghe Old Military Cemetery, remembered with honour.
My father, who was age 7 when his father died, told us the story that the night before he was sent off to war his father, William Stewart, climbed over the barracks wall in Glasgow to see his wife and 3 children before returning. The family never saw him again.Don Stewart
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History of the 9th (Scottish) Division
The divisionís record is graphically described in this history - what Field Marshal Lord Plumer in his foreword referred to as ďa record of wonderful development of fighting efficiency.Ē There are useful appendices giving the Order of Battle, command and staff lists with the various changes; a table showing periods spent in the line, with locations; a table of battle casualties and the VC citations. The maps are good with adequate detail for actions to be followed.More information on:
History of the 9th (Scottish) Division
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