This is Dundee's story of those that served in the First World War, and of the people left at home
- Date of enlistment:
- Place of enlistment: Dundee
- Service no: S/9005
- Rank: Private
- Regiment/Service: Seaforth Highlanders
- Unit/Ship: 7th Battalion
- Place of Death: Belgium
- Age at Death: 21
- Date of Death: 20.12.1915
- Burial Country: Belgium
- Cemetery: Railway Dugouts Burial Ground (Transport Farm)
- Grave/Mem Ref no: I.F.3.
- Date of Birth:
- Place of Birth: Dundee
- Address: 10 Alexander Street, Dundee
- Occupation: Labourer
Mary Ann Beaton
David Beaton, 7 Hill St, Dundee
More about William Beaton
William Beaton S/9005 7th Seaforth Highlanders
DUNDEE SEAFORTH KILLED IN ACTION.
Official intimation has been received by Mrs Beaton, 10 Alexander Street, Dundee, that her son, Private William Beaton, 7th Seaforth Highlanders, has been killed in action. Private Beaton enlisted in the Scottish Horse previous to the outbreak of war, but transferred to the Seaforth Highlanders in June last. He was 21 years of age, and was employed as a labourer before donning the uniform.
Mrs Beaton’s other son, David, who was in Montreal when hostilities commenced, enlisted in the 16th Battalion Canadians, and is at present in training.
Dundee Courier 18th January 1916
DUNDEE SEAFORTH KILLED.
Intimation reached Dundee yesterday that Private William Beaton of the7th Seaforth Highlanders, has been killed in action on 20th December. The communication states that Private Beaton was shot through the head by a sniper at Hill 60, and died within a quarter of an hour. Private Beaton is a son of Mr and Mrs Beaton 10 Alexander Street. He was in the Scottish Horse before war broke out, and later transferred to the Seaforth Highlanders.
Dundee Courier 28th January 1916
William was the brother of Cpl David Beaton, 457761, 60th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. David actually enlisted in the 10th Battalion, before being transferred to the 60th. He survived the war.
Additional information and image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell, further additional information supplied by Gary Thomson
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