This is Dundee's story of those that served in the First World War, and of the people left at home
- Date of enlistment: April 1914
- Place of enlistment: Dundee
- Service no: 21421
- Rank: Private
- Regiment/Service: Royal Scots
- Unit/Ship: 17th Battalion
- Place of Death: France
- Age at Death: 19
- Date of Death: 24.07.1916
- Burial Country: France
- Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial
- Grave/Mem Ref no: Pier & Face 6D & 7D
- Date of Birth:
- Place of Birth: Dundee
- Address: 229 Hilltown, Dundee
- Occupation: Mill Worker, J & A Grimmond, Dundee
More about George Thornton
George has no known grave but is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.
George Thornton 21421 Royal Scots
DUNDEE ROYAL SCOT KILLED.
Mrs Thornton, 229 Hilltown, Dundee, has been informed of the death in action of her son, Private George Thornton, Royal Scots.
Private Thornton, who was 19 years of age, enlisted in April, 1914, and was at the front for about eight months. He was formerly employed as a millworker by Messrs J. & A. D. Grimond. In a sympathetic letter to Mrs Thornton the commanding officer of the battalion says :–“He was well liked by the rest of his platoon, and personally I was very sorry to lose him.”
A brother of the deceased soldier, sapper Lewis Thornton, is serving in the Royal Engineers.
Dundee Courier 15th August 1916
Additional information and image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell
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