William Findlay

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: Dundee
  • Service no: 3164
  • Rank: Private
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  • Regiment/Service: Black Watch
  • Unit/Ship: 4th Battalion
  • Place of Death: France
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  • Date of Death: 03/07/1915
  • Burial Country: France
  • Cemetery: Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: XVII.D.29.

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Dundee
  • Address: 39 Millers Wynd, Dundee
  • Occupation:
  • Mother:

    Helen Findlay, 39 Millers Wynd, Dundee

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More about William Findlay

William Findlay   3164   Black Watch

Private William Findlay, the latest victim of the 4th Black Watch, resided at 39 Miller’s Wynd, Dundee.  The news of his death was first conveyed to his mother by Chaplain A. M. Renwick, who stated that Findlay was wounded by a sniper, and died the next day.  Writing on the following day, Mr Renwick said that Findlay had been buried in the Soldiers’ Cemetery at Vielle Chapelle, where more than one private of the Black Watch now lies.  Private John Clarke, Ure Street, of the same battalion, who was wounded on a previous occasion, wrote that Findlay died with a smile on his lips, and with the words― “I don’t care, I did my best in this great contest.”  It is stated that he was shrouded by Major Rogers himself, and was the only man of Dundee’s Own to be thus interred, the rest of the 4th  Black Watch dead having been buried in their kilts.  Findlay’s brother, David, is in the 1st Black Watch, and was wounded in October, while his brother-in-law, Private William Taylor, is still at the front with the 4th.

Dundee People’s Journal 17th July 1915

Additional information kindly supplied by Gary Thomson

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