World War I – Great Uncle Bill

Panel 11 at the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), BelgiumSeeing as how we’ll be “commemorating” the First World War very soon, here’s a reminder from my family.

My Great Uncle Bill was born on 13 Jan 1891 in 29 Montgomery Street, Edinburgh (now knocked down and besmirched with new student flats) and he died on 12 Oct 1915 in Flanders (which would be my birthday half a century later). He was the eldest son in the family, although he had abandoned the family business, and by 1911 was an enlisted soldier. So, he’d have been first in line to be shipped out when war broke out. A shitty couple of years for the family, as his father had died the year before, 1914, aged 49.

This picture shows his name inscribed on the war memorial for the 11th Bn. Royal Scots. It’s on Panel 11 at the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium.

Panel 11 at the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium