This is Dundee's story of those that served in the First World War, and of the people left at home
- Date of enlistment:
- Place of enlistment:
- Service no:
- Rank: Major
- Regiment/Service: Black Watch
- Unit/Ship: 1st/4th Battalion
- Place of Death: Loos, France
- Age at Death:
- Date of Death: 25/09/1915
- Burial Country: France
- Cemetery: Pont-du-Hem Military Cemetery, La Gorgue, France
- Grave/Mem Ref no: I. E. 2.
- Date of Birth:
- Place of Birth:
- Address: Lethnot Lodge, Barnhill, Broughty Ferry, Dundee
- Occupation: Chartered Accountant
Alexander Tosh (Chartered Accountant)
Laura Wood Thomson (formally Tosh)
Kenneth & Elaine
More about Elmslie Tosh
Major Emslie Tosh had previously seen action with the Dundee Volunteers in the South African War, 1899-1902, where he was awarded the Queen’s South African Medal with four clasps.
Tosh was also a trustee of his own church, St Margaret’s, Barnhill, where he is named on the 1914-1918 War Memorial.
George Elmslie Tosh was born on the 22nd January 1872 in Dundee. George – known as Elmslie – was the son of Alexander and Mary, and he had two younger sisters, Florence and Isabella. Elmslie was educated at Dundee High School.
Emslie was involved with the Volunteer and Territorial Movement in Dundee, and during the Boer war served as a trooper in the Natal Mounted Police, and as a Lieutenant with the 1st Volunteer Brigade of the Royal Highlanders. He was awarded the Queen’s South African Medal with four clasps.
Upon his return from South Africa, Elmslie trained as a Chartered Accountant at the University of Glasgow. His father was also an accountant, with his own firm, and Elmslie became a partner in the family business – the name of which changed from ‘Messrs Alexander Tosh’ to ‘Messrs Alexander Tosh & Son’.
In 1906, Elmslie married Laura Wood, from Douglas on the Isle of Man. The couple had two children – Kenneth, born 1910, and Elaine, born 1912.
When war broke out, Elmslie’s military training required him to enlist with the 4th Battalion of the Black Watch. He was commissioned to the rank of Major, and was sent to France in February of 1915. He was wounded shortly after his arrival in France, on the 9th of May 1915.
In September 1915, Elmslie was involved in the Battle Of Loos. He was killed in battle on the 25th September 1915. Major Tosh is commemorated at Pont-du-Hem Cemetery, La Gorgue, France, and on the St Margaret’s Church War Memorial, in Barnhill – the church of which he was a trustee.
Information kindly supplied by Christine Johnston, additional information taken from the University of Glasgow Roll of Honour.
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