This is Dundee's story of those that served in the First World War, and of the people left at home
- Date of enlistment:
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- Service no: 62071
- Rank: Corporal
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- Regiment/Service: Labour Corps
More about Alexander Whyte
Formerly, Highland Light Infantry, 8958. Alexander was the brother of Pte David Whyte, 3/3989, 1st Battalion Black Watch, who was killed in action, 09.05.1915 & L/Cpl Thomas Whyte, 10/11th Battalion Highland Light Infantry, who was killed in action, 14.08.1917 and Pte Samuel Whyte, 617648, Labour Corps who also served and returned home safely.
TWO KILLED AND A THIRD DISABLED.
When war broke out the family of Mrs Whyte, Bervie Street, Dundee, was well represented in our fighting forces, three of her four sons proceeding to France with the Expeditionary Force. To-day, however, the family has no representative in the firing line, two of the sons having fallen on the field of honour, and the third having been discharged from the army as the result of severe wounds sustained in the early days of the fighting.
Information of the deaths of the two sons came last week, the intervening time between the notifications being tragically brief. The report of the death in action of Private David Whyte, of the 1st Black Watch, came on Thursday night, while on Friday the family was further stricken by the news that Lance-Corporal Thomas Whyte, of the 2d Highland Light Infantry, had also fallen. The third son is ex-Private Samuel Whyte, 1st Black Watch, a well-known Dundee footballer, whose boast it is that he played for every senior Club in Forfarshire with the exception of Arbroath. He was given a trial for Dundee F.C. in 1907, and his last Club was Dundee Hibs.
Both David and Thomas were also keen footballers, and both played for their regimental elevens, the three brothers having between them some 40 trophies, testifying to their prowess at the winter game. Samuel was a reservist when war broke out, but the other two were serving with the colours.
Dundee People’s Journal 12th June 1915
Information and images kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell
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