Archibald William Robertson Don

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment:
  • Service no: N/A
  • Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Black Watch
  • Unit/Ship: 10th Battalion
  • Place of Death: Greece
  • Age at Death: 25
  • Date of Death: 11.09.1916
  • Burial Country: Greece
  • Cemetery: Salonika (Lembet Road) Military Cemetery
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: O.12.

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth: 11.12.1890
  • Place of Birth: Broughty Ferry
  • Address: Tealing House by Dundee
  • Occupation: Medical Student, St Bartholomew's Hospital, London
  • Mother:

    Lucy Flora Don, Warren House, Farnham Common, Bucks

  • Father:

    Robert Bogle Don

  • Siblings:

    Dean, Francis & Robert

  • Spouse:
  • Children:

More about Archibald William Robertson Don

Archibald was the brother of Lieutenant Robert McPherson Don, 10th Battalion Black Watch who was killed in action between 08.05.1917 & 09.05.1917. Both brothers are remembered on a family gravemarker in Barnhill Cemetery, Broughty Ferry.

His brother, Captain Francis Percival Don also served during the Great War, initially with the Scottish Horse before transferring to the Royal Flying Corps, first as an observer and then as a pilot with 22 Squadron. He lost an arm during his service and was also taken prisoner in 1917. Captain Don continued his career in the Royal Air Force and was appointed Air Vice Marshall.

William Robertson Don   Black Watch


The death in hospital of Second-Lieutenant William Robertson Don, Black Watch, has just been announced.

Lieutenant Don, who was 25 years of age, was the fourth son of Mr R. B. Don, Tealing House, Forfarshire.  He was educated at Horrishill Preparatory School, Winchester College and Trinity College Cambridge.  He took a Senior Scholarship and a First Class in the natural science tripos and leaving College became a medical student at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London.  Shortly after the outbreak of war Lieut. Don went to France and worked on a motor ambulance.  He applied for a commission on his return, and was gazetted second-lieutenant in the Black Watch in December, 1914.  Lieut. Don was specially interested in geology, and was a Fellow of the Royal Geological Society.

Dundee Courier 18th September 1916

Information supplied by Gary Thomson, additional information courtesy of “Behind the Parapet, September 2018 issue”

Further additional information kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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