John Robertson

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment: January 1915
  • Place of enlistment: Dundee
  • Service no: 240781
  • Rank: Private
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • 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.

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Dundee
  • Address: 7 Ellen St, Dundee
  • Occupation: Hackle Maker, W. R. Sewart & Sons, Dens Rd, Dundee
  • Mother:

    Mary Robertson, 11 Bank Ave, Downfield, Dundee

  • Father:

    James Robertson, 11 Bank Ave, Downfield, Dundee

  • Siblings:

    John & Harry

  • Spouse:
  • Children:

More about John Robertson


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


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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