John Neilson

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: Perth
  • Service no: 3475
  • Rank: Lance Corporal
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Black Watch
  • Unit/Ship: 1st Battalion
  • Place of Death: France
  • Age at Death: 28
  • Date of Death: 25.01.1915
  • Burial Country: France
  • Cemetery: Dud Corner Cemetery, Loos
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: IV.H.1.

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Airdrie
  • Address: 80 Blackness Road, Dundee
  • Occupation:
  • Mother:

    Margaret Neilson

  • Father:

    Thomas Neilson

  • Siblings:


  • Spouse:

    Susan Brown (formally Neilson) 80 Blackness Rd, Dundee

  • Children:

    Thomas, born 31.08.1914, Annie, born 04.05.1906, Susan, born 02.06.1910 & James, born 15.05.1914

More about John Neilson

John Neilson   3475  2nd Black Watch


Private John Neilson, 2nd Black Watch, was reported wounded on 9th May.  Nothing was heard of him until his brother, Private Alex Neilson, of the same Battalion, who is lying in hospital in Aberdeen, received a letter from a comrade at the front stating that when on patrol duty he found the body of John on the battlefield on 6th July, where it had lain for two months.  Besides other marks of identification a letter from his sweetheart was found on the body.

Private Neilson had served seven years with the colours, and was 26 years of age.  Both brothers, who are natives of Methil, went to France with the Indian Expeditionary Force.

Dundee Courier 14th July 1915

Additional information and image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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