David Blacklaw

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: Dundee
  • Service no: S/20540
  • Rank: Lance Corporal
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Cameron Highlanders
  • Unit/Ship: 5th Battalion
  • Place of Death: France
  • Age at Death: 25
  • Date of Death: 18.10.1916
  • Burial Country: France
  • Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Pier & Face 15B

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Lochee, Dundee
  • Address: 2 Kerrs Lane, Lochee
  • Occupation: Mill Worker
  • Mother:
  • Father:
  • Siblings:
  • Spouse:

    Margaret Blacklaw, 2 Kerrs Lane, Lochee

  • Children:

    David, born 15.08.1912

More about David Blacklaw

David has no known grave but is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.

David Blacklaw    S/20540  


Information has been received by Mrs Blacklaw, 21 Kerr’s Lane, Lochee, that her husband, Lance-Corporal David Blacklaw, was killed in action on 18th October.

In a letter to Mrs Blacklaw, deceased’s platoon officer says that just before being hit, while participating in an attack on an enemy trench, Lance-Corporal Blacklaw captured an enemy machine gun single-handed.  He also speaks highly of Deceased’s qualities as a soldier, and offers his sincerest sympathy to Mrs Blacklaw in her bereavement.  Lance-Corporal Blacklaw was 25 years of age, and was previously employed as a millworker in Lochee.

Dundee Courier 6th November 1916

This newspaper intimation recorded David as serving with the Black Watch. The only David Blacklaw listed  on the C.W.G.C. and the Scottish National War Memorial is David Blacklaw of the Cameron Highlanders.

Additional information and image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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