William Elder

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: Dundee
  • Service no: 63204
  • Rank: Gunner
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  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Royal Field Artillery
  • Unit/Ship: 97th Battery, 147th Brigade
  • Place of Death: France
  • Age at Death:
  • Date of Death: 01.11.1918
  • Burial Country: France
  • Cemetery: Thiant Communal Cemetery
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: B.30

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Dundee
  • Address: 12 Lowden's Alley, Dundee
  • Occupation: Painter, Tay Rail Bridge
  • Mother:
  • Father:

    James Elder or Ritchie, 12 Lowden’s Alley, Dundee

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More about William Elder

William is believed to be the stepbrother of Pte Alexander Ritchie, S/14037, 5th Battalion Cameron Highlanders, who was killed in action, 18.07.1916.

Gunner William Elder died on the 1st November 1918 however his parents did not receive the telegram until after the armistice.


After More Than Four Year’s  Service In France.

Gun. Wm Elder, RF.A., who was killed in action on 1st Nov., was the son of Mr and Mrs Elder, 12 Lowden’s Alley, Dundee.  Deceased was a reservist, and was mobilised at the outbreak of hostilities.  He had been in France for four years and four months, and during that time had been twice wounded and once gassed.  Before he was called up deceased was a painter with the North British Railway Company, and was engaged on the Tay Bridge.  His father was in the Royal Garrison Artillery.

Dundee Courier 30th November 1918

Additional information kindly supplied by William Elder’s relative,  Liz Farquhar, additional information and image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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