David Robertson Thain

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment: February 1917
  • Place of enlistment: Glasgow
  • Service no: 39370
  • Rank: Private
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
  • Unit/Ship: 10th Battalion
  • Place of Death: France
  • Age at Death:
  • Date of Death: 28.03.1918
  • Burial Country: France
  • Cemetery: Arras Memorial
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Bay 6

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Dundee
  • Address:
  • Occupation: Warehouseman, Hunter, Barr & Co, Glasgow
  • Mother:

    Margaret Thain “Ivy Bank” West Ferry, Dundee

  • Father:

    William Thain “Ivy Bank” West Ferry, Dundee

  • Siblings:

    John

  • Spouse:
  • Children:

More about David Robertson Thain

David has no known grave but is remembered on the Arras Memorial. He was the brother of Gunner John R. Thain 635280, 256th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery who died of wounds 17.05.1917.

David Robertson Thain   39370   Scottish Rifles

A sad blow has befallen Mr and Mrs William Thain, 10 Airlie Terrace, Dundee, intimation has been received that their son, Pte. David Robertson Thain, Machine Gun Section, Scottish Rifles, had made the great sacrifice.  This is the second of Mr and Mrs Thain’s three soldier sons to be killed in action, John, who was in the R.F.A., having fallen in May last year, while their eldest son is serving in Mesopotamia.  David enlisted in February, 1917, and had been at the front for two and a half months.  Prior to joining the forces he was employed as a warehouse man with Messrs Hunter, Barr, & Co., Glasgow.  He was a promising cricketer, and played several games for Anniesland C.C.

Dundee Courier 9th April 1918

Additional information and photo’s kindly supplied by Alexander Forsyth, further additional information and image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell.

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