This is Dundee's story of those that served in the First World War, and of the people left at home
- Date of enlistment: 23.09.1914
- Place of enlistment: Valcartier, Quebec, Canada
- Service no:
- Rank: Second Lieutenant
- Service Occupation:
- Regiment/Service: Royal Field Artillery
- Unit/Ship: 87th Brigade
- Place of Death: Belgium
- Age at Death: 27
- Date of Death: 30.05.1918
- Burial Country: Belgium
- Cemetery: Tyne Cot Cemetery
- Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 4 to 6 and 162
- Date of Birth: 04.11.1891
- Place of Birth: Broughty Ferry
- Occupation: Surveyor
William D. D. Neilson, 340 Brook St, Broughty Ferry
Miss B. Neilson, 15 Lawrence St, Broughty Ferry & James
More about William Neilson
William has no known grave but is remembered on a memorial panel within Tyne Cot Cemetery. As he originally attested in Quebec, Canada he is listed in Wigney’s C.E.F. Roll of Honour and on the Canadian Virtual War memorial, William’s Memorial
Also visit is Canadian Service Record.
William attested on the 23 September 1914, in the Canadian Army Service Corps and given the Regimental Number 30367. Following his training he was posted as a Driver to No4 Company, 1st Divisional Train, Canadian Army Service Corps. He remained with them until 24.03.1917 when he was struck of strength from them to begin training for a commission in the British Army. He obtained his commission as a Second Lieutenant on 21 September 1917 and was posted to the Royal Field Artillery.
He was a former pupil of Grove Academy, Broughty Ferry and is remembered on the schools war memorial.
There is also a reference to William in the Dundee Advertiser 10/06/1918 page 5, held in Dundee Central Library.
William Neilson Second-Lieutenant Royal Field Artillery
NEILSON―Killed in action on 30th May, Second-Lieutenant William Neilson, R.F.A., aged 26, youngest son of William D. D. Neilson, 15 Lawrence Street, Broughty Ferry.
Dundee Evening Telegraph 10th June 1918
Second-Lieutenant William Neilson, R.F.A., aged 26, youngest son of William D. D. Neilson, 15 Lawrence Street, Broughty Ferry, was killed in action on May 30. Deceased, who served his apprenticeship as an architect with Messrs M’Culloch & Jamieson, Dundee, went to Canada about six years ago, where he was employed as a Government railway surveyor. He enlisted there, and came across with the first Canadian contingent. He was well-known in athletic circles, being a prominent player in Forthill Athletic and Balgillo Football Clubs. He was 26 years of age. His brother, James, is serving with the R.G.A.
Broughty Ferry Guide 14th June 1918
Information researched and supplied by Gary Thomson, additional information kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell
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