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- Date of enlistment:
- Place of enlistment:
- Service no:
- Rank: Second Lieutenant
- Service Occupation:
- Regiment/Service: Royal Field Artillery
- Unit/Ship: 70th Brigade (15th Scottish Division)
- Place of Death: Somme
- Age at Death: 18
- Date of Death: 28/09/1916
- Burial Country: France
- Cemetery: Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme
- Grave/Mem Ref no: III. B. 10.
- Date of Birth: 1898
- Place of Birth:
- Address: Tircarra, Broughty Ferry, Dundee
Edith Talley Nairn
George Newall Nairn, Craignairn Perthshire & Tircarra, Broughty Ferry
More about George Nairn
Second Lieutenant George Nairn attended Trinity College, Glenalmond. He was a member of the School College Officer’s Training Corp before commissioned into the Royal Field Artillery in July 1916.
He died of wounds received in action during the Battle of the Somme and he named on the 1914-1918 War Memorial in St. Margaret’s Church, Barnhill Dundee.
George Nairn Second Lieutenant Royal Field Artillery
DUNDEE OFFICERS SAD DEATH.
MILITARY CAREER CUT SHORT.
A military career of great promise is cut short by the death from wounds of Lieutenant George Nairn, youngest son of Mr George M. Nairn of Craignairn, Perthshire, and Tircarra, Broughty Ferry.
On Wednesday last Mr Nairn was advised by telegram that his son had been dangerously wounded in action. Mrs Nairn and he travelled south anticipating that the Lieutenant would be brought to a base hospital in France for treatment, and while in London on Saturday they received the sad intelligence that their son had succumbed to his wounds two days previously.
Lieutenant Nairn was educated at Trinity College, Glenalmond, where he took a prominent part in the O.T.C. Selecting soldiering for his career, he proceeded to the Royal Military academy at Woolwich, and there proved himself to be a military student of exceptional capacity. He was posted to the Royal Horse Artillery, and then in June last left for the front, where he was temporarily attached to the Royal Field Artillery. Lieutenant Nairn was only nineteen years of age, and, possessed of many amiable qualities, was a most popular officer. A wide circle of friends will extend much sympathy to the bereaved father and mother.
Dundee Courier 3rd October 1916
Information kindly supplied by Christine Johnston, additional information kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell
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