William John McCutchen

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: Dundee
  • Service no: 244
  • Rank: Private
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Black Watch
  • Unit/Ship: 1st Battalion
  • Place of Death: Belgium
  • Age at Death: 27
  • Date of Death: 31.10.1914
  • Burial Country: Belgium
  • Cemetery: Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 37

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Dundee
  • Address: 7 North Lindsay St, Dundee
  • Occupation:
  • Mother:

    Agnes Archibald McCutchen, 7 North Lindsay St, Dundee

  • Father:

    Richard McCutchen, 7 North Lindsay St, Dundee

  • Siblings:

    Edward, Richard & Robert

  • Spouse:
  • Children:

More about William John McCutchen

William has no known grave but is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial. This man is listed as McCutcheon on the original Dundee Roll of Honour.

William J. McCutchen   244   1st Black Watch



Mr Richard McCutchen, 7 North Lindsay Street, Dundee has been officially notified by the Record Office at Perth that his son, Private Wm. J. McCutchen of the 1st Black Watch, died a prisoner of war in Germany between 19th and 21st June.  The cause of death is not stated.

The deceased soldier had twelve years’ service with the Black Watch, having joined when fourteen years of age.  He was stationed at Aldershot when war broke out, and left for the front with the first Expeditionary Force.  His parents are unable to state when he was taken prisoner, owing to lack of communication from him.

Mr McCutchen, the father completed 32 years’ service with the Black Watch, and held the rank of colour-sergeant when he left the army.  He acted as drill instructor at Dundee for a period of fifteen years.  Three other sons are serving with the colours, Richard, the eldest son, holds the rank of quartermaster in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, while Edward, the second son, is a second-lieutenant in the same regiment.  Both are at the front, while Robert is a corporal in the 2/4th Black Watch, at present stationed at Bridge of Earn.

Dundee Courier 26th July 1915

Additional information and image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell.

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