Lest We Forget

1914 - 1918

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.

Donaldson, Thomas

Rank
Private, 16th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry
Service Number
43069
Born
about 1889 in Kingskettle, Fife
Parents
George and Margaret Donaldson
Date of death
11 July 1917 (Aged about 28)
Grave
I.B. 5, Coxyde Military Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Other Memorials
Inverkeithing Memorial.
Scottish National War Memorial (Edinburgh Castle)

Other Information

Donaldson grave
Grave of Thomas Donaldson

Brother of James Donaldson, Salisbury House, North Queensferry

Census 1911 at Chapel Close, North Queensferry, Thomas Donaldson (22) born Kingskettle, labourer in Whinstone quarry, son of George, council water officer (widower).

Thomas appears to have been in the Territorial Army as Private 2373 in the Highland Cyclist Battalion, based at Kirkcaldy, prior to transfer to 16Bn, HLI.

This battalion served in 97th Brigade of the 32nd Division. In July 1917 the battalion were in the front line in the north of Belgium near the town of Nieuport.

A massive German bombardment was directed at the battalion on the 10th and 11th July 1917 and this was also the first occasion on which the Germans used the deadly mustard gas.


Sources

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Scottish National War Memorial (Edinburgh Castle)

Scottish War Memorials Project

Census 1911

National Archives. Medal Card. Soldier’s Effects

Alex Morris


Here dead we lie, Because we did not choose
To live and shame the land, From which we sprung.

Life, to be sure, Is nothing much to lose,
But young men think it is, And we were young.

[A.E. Housman]

When You Go Home,
Tell Them Of Us And Say,

For Your Tomorrow,
We gave our Today

[Kohima, attributed to John Maxwell Edmonds]

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