This is Dundee's story of those that served in the First World War, and of the people left at home
William Vigard Grimmond
- Date of enlistment:
- Place of enlistment: Perth
- Service no: 2277
- Rank: Lance Corporal
- Service Occupation:
- Regiment/Service: Black Watch
- Unit/Ship: 2nd Battalion
- Place of Death: Iraq
- Age at Death: 19
- Date of Death: 22/04/1916
- Burial Country: Iraq
- Cemetery: Amara War Cemetery
- Grave/Mem Ref no: XVII. F. 15.
- Date of Birth:
- Place of Birth: Broughty Ferry
More about William Vigard Grimmond
William Grimmond 2277 Black Watch
DUNDEE BLACK WATCH MAN KILLED.
ONLY 19, BUT IN MANY BATTLES.
News has just come to hand that Lance-Corporal William Grimmond, Black Watch, has been killed in action.
He joined the Black Watch when a boy, and was sent to India with his battalion. He was there when war broke out, and because he was only seventeen at the time he was not allowed to proceed on active service. He refused to be left behind, however, and so insisted upon going that his Captain gave him permission. He has been through all the big engagements in France, and came out without a scratch. He was on furlough in October of last year, and stayed with his brother in Dundee.
His battalion was afterwards transferred to another sphere of operations. In January he was wounded, but on recovering after two months in hospital he rejoined his regiment. A soldier, writing home, says:–“We have been chums almost since Will arrived in India. I found Will yesterday, when we had an armistice for collecting the wounded. He was lying just as if he were sleeping.”
Lance-Corporal Grimmond was a typical soldier—brave, fearless, cheerful, and generous to a fault. Although only in his nineteenth year, he was a hardened veteran, and always ready to do the hard job. He has a brother, Lance-Corporal P. Grimmond, serving in the R.E. at the front.
Dundee Courier 31st May 1916
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