Great War Dundee
This is Dundee's story of those that served in the First World War, and of the people left at home
- Date of enlistment: January 1915
- Place of enlistment: Dundee
- Service no: 240781
- Rank: Private
- Service Occupation:
- Regiment/Service: Black Watch
- Unit/Ship: 1st/5th Battalion, attached to 1st Battalion
- Place of Death: France
- Age at Death: 18
- Date of Death: 03.09.1916
- Burial Country: France
- Cemetery: Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longuval
- Grave/Mem Ref no: XII.D.39.
- Date of Birth:
- Place of Birth: Dundee
- Address: 7 Ellen St, Dundee
- Occupation: Hackle Maker, W. R. Sewart & Sons, Dens Rd, Dundee
Mary Robertson, 11 Bank Ave, Downfield, Dundee
James Robertson, 11 Bank Ave, Downfield, Dundee
John & Harry
More about John Robertson
MISSING BLACK WATCH MAN.
Pte. John Robertson, son of Mr Jas. Robertson, 7 Ellen Street, Dundee, and one of three brothers serving, has been posted as missing from the 3rd Sept. Private Robertson was in the Black Watch, and he had been at the front since January, 1915, while previous to joining he was employed in the city as a hacklemaker. Another brother is also at the front, while a third is in the navy.
Dundee Courier 29th September 1916
John was the brother of Able Seaman James A. Robertson, Clyde Z/7876, who was lost at Sea when his ship H.M.S. Opal ran aground on the ‘Clett of Crura’, South Ronaldsay on 12 January 1918 with the loss of 188 men, there was only one survivor.
John Robertson 240781 Black Watch
DUNDEE SOLDIER KILLED IN ACTION.
Private John Robertson, Black Watch, who has been killed in action, was 19 years of age, and a son of Mr James Robertson, 7 Ellen Street.
Private Robertson joined up in January, 1915, went to France in July of the following year, and had been only two months at the front when he was reported missing. Before enlisting deceased was a hacklemaker with Messrs W. R. Stewart & Sons, Dens Road.
Dundee Courier 17th August 1917
Additional information supplied by Gary Thomson and Michael Caldwell
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