John Begbie

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: Dundee
  • Service no: S/2724
  • Rank: Lance Corporal
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Gordon Highlanders
  • Unit/Ship: 2nd Battalion,
  • Place of Death: France
  • Age at Death: 21
  • Date of Death: 12.05.1916
  • Burial Country: France
  • Cemetery: Citadel New Military Cemetery
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: V.F.18.

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Dundee
  • Address: 25 Park Ave, Dundee
  • Occupation: Shiell & Small Solicitors, Bank St, Dundee
  • Mother:

    Wilhelmina Ritchie Begbie, 7 Park Ave, Dundee

  • Father:

    James Begbie, 7 Park Ave, Dundee

  • Siblings:
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More about John Begbie

John Begbie S/2724   Gordon Highlanders


Mr James Begbie, 25 Park Avenue, Dundee, has been notified that his son, Private John Begbie, Gordon Highlanders, was, on 12th May, shot by a sniper while entering the trenches, and that he died shortly afterwards.  Private Begbie enlisted in the Gordons shortly after the outbreak of war, and after three months’ training was sent out to France.  He took part in the memorable charge made by his regiment on 14th December, 1914, and shortly afterwards he was invalided home suffering from frostbite.  After he had thoroughly recuperated, he rejoined the regiment.  He was wounded at the battle of loos on 25th September last, and returned to the fighting line for the third time on New Year’s Day.

The deceased soldier was 22 years of age, and was, prior to enlistment, employed in the office of Messrs Shiell & Small, solicitors, Bank Street, Dundee.

Mr James Begbie, father of the deceased soldier, served for a number of years in the 1st V.B.R.H., and holds the Volunteer Long Service Medal.

Dundee Courier 31st May 1916

Additional information and image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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