This is Dundee's story of those that served in the First World War, and of the people left at home
- Date of enlistment:
- Place of enlistment: Glasgow
- Service no: 3/2623
- Rank: Private
- Service Occupation:
- Regiment/Service: Black Watch
- Unit/Ship: 2nd Battalion
- Place of Death: France
- Age at Death: 23
- Date of Death: 13.04.1915
- Burial Country: France
- Cemetery: Le Touret Memorial
- Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 24 to 26
- Date of Birth:
- Place of Birth: Montrose
- Address: 8 St Matthew Street, Dundee
- Occupation: Caledon Shipyard, Dundee
Jessie Munro, 8 St Matthews St, Dundee
Joseph Munro, 8 St Matthew St, Dundee
More about William Munro
William has no known grave but is remembered on the Le Touret Memorial.
William Munro 3/2623 2nd Black Watch
POPULAR MEMBER OF 2nD BLACK WATCH.
SHOT DOWN BY SNIPER.
“He was a good soldier, and we—his comrades—will all miss him very much.”
This touching passage is contained in a letter from the front notifying the relatives of Private William Munro, a Dundee member of the 2nd Black Watch, that he had fallen in the service of his country.
The deceased soldier was a son of Mr Joseph Munro, 8 St Matthew Street, and was 23 years of age. He enlisted after the outbreak of war, and after a short period of training was sent out to France and attached to the 2nd Black Watch. He proved himself a worthy member of the famous regiment, and was apparently a great favourite with the other members of his company.
Writing to Private Munro’s relatives under the date of 13th April, a comrade who signs himself Peter Doyle, states :–“Private Munro was killed by a sniper on this date. We all feel for you in your bereavement. He was a good soldier, and we—his comrades—will all miss him very much. He has died for a good cause, and met the noblest of deaths. We will see that he gets a soldier’s grave.”
Quartermaster Jessop, in a short note, states they had lost a brave comrade by the death of Private Munro, and also expresses deep sympathy with members of his family in their bereavement.
Previous to becoming a soldier Private Munro was employed at the Caledon Shipbuilding Company’s yard.
Dundee Courier 22nd April 1915
Additional information and image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell
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