William Danskin

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: Dundee
  • Service no: 16938
  • Rank: Private
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Royal Scots Fusiliers
  • Unit/Ship: 7th Battalion
  • Place of Death: France
  • Age at Death: 24
  • Date of Death: 27.02.1916
  • Burial Country: France
  • Cemetery: Noeux-Les-Mines Communal Cemetery
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: I.G.21.

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Dundee
  • Address: 8 Patons Lane, Dundee
  • Occupation: Apprentice Compositor, Dundee
  • Mother:

    Eliza Danskin, 8 Patons Lane, Dundee

  • Father:

    William Danskin, 8 Patons Lane, Dundee

  • Siblings:
  • Spouse:
  • Children:

More about William Danskin


16938 Pte. William Danskin, 7th Royal Scots Fusiliers, was killed in action on 27 February 1916, aged 24.
The youngest son of William and Eliza Danskin, 8 Paton’s Lane, Dundee, Danskin was an apprentice compositor with The Courier. In a letter to his parents, a Sergeant from his battalion mentioned he was one of eight men killed by a rifle grenade.
He is buried in Noeux-les-Mines Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France, I. G. 21.COURIER EMPLOYEE KILLED IN FRANCE BY THE BURSTING OF A RIFLE GRENADE. Mr and Mrs W. Danskin, 8 Paton’s Lane, Dundee, have received official intimation of the death in action of their youngest son, Pte. William Danskin, of the 7th Royal Scots Fusiliers. Private Danskin, who was 24 years of age, was a “Courier” employee. He had practically completed his apprenticeship as a compositor in the job printing department when war broke out, and he soon answered his country’s call. Private Danskin was held in much regard by his fellow-employees.
In a letter which his parents have received from a sergeant of the battalion, it is stated that Private Danskin lost his life through the bursting of a rifle grenade which killed eight men. “I hope,” says the sergeant, “you will find some consolation in the fact that your boy had no time to suffer any death agony, and that he gave his life in a good cause.” The Courier, Tuesday, 21 March 1916, 6.

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