David Callander

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: Dundee
  • Service no: 3/2256
  • Rank: Private
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Black Watch
  • Unit/Ship: 1st Battalion
  • Place of Death: France
  • Age at Death: 18
  • Date of Death: 03/10/1914
  • Burial Country: France
  • Cemetery: Vendresse Churchyard
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Sp. Mem. 4.

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Dundee
  • Address: 75 Rosebank St, Dundee
  • Occupation: Carter, David Horsburgh, Contractor
  • Mother:

    Georgina Callander, 60 North William St, Dundee

  • Father:
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More about David Callander

David Callander   3/2256   3d Black Watch



The war has claimed Dundee soldier, Private David Callander, of the 3rd Black Watch.

In a letter, which his mother, who resides at 60 North William Street, received on the 6th inst., the young soldier stated that he was doing well, and asked her to send him some “fags.”  The letter was posted on 25th September.

Private Callander was never to receive the cigarettes.  His mother received intimation yesterday that he died from wounds at Vendrenes on 3rd inst.

Deceased was only 18 years of age.  He had previous service with the Militia, and joined the 3rd Black Watch on the outbreak of hostilities.

Previous to joining the colours for the second time, he was employed as a carter with Mr David Horsburgh, contractor.  Only a few months ago Private Callander had a narrow escape from death.  He was leading his horse through the level crossing at Broughty Ferry, and was almost beyond the gates when an express train suddenly crashed into the rear of the cart, smashing it to splinters.  On that occasion he escaped without injury.

Dundee Courier 29th October 1914

Additional information and image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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