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Bertie McDougallPTE R.B. McDOUGALL 15TH H.L.I.

1034 Private Robert Barr McDougall

15th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry

killed in action 18th November 1916

aged 20

Munich Trench British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel
Freeland Church Memorial, Bridge of Weir

Son of Robert McDougall and Jane McGhee
The Mimosas, Bridge of Weir
Husband of Agnes Clarke

His Life

Robert McDougall was born on 7th April 1895 in Bridge of Weir, the fourth of five children of Robert Barr McDougall, from Bridge of Weir, and Jane McGhee originally from Ireland who had married in Bridge of Weir on 17th July 1887.

In 1891, Robert (28) and Jane (28) were living in 5 Girwhitter Brae, Milngavie, Stirlingshire, where Robert was working as a carter. Jane's mother, Sarah McGee (65) a house servant from Co. Antrim, was living with them.

By 1901, the family, now of seven, had moved to a two roomed flat in The Mimosas, Bridge of Weir. Robert senior (37) was now a tanner. The eldest daughter Sarah A was a domestic servant and the next three children, including young Bertie (5) were at school. The family took in two lodgers, Henry Neill (27) a gardener from Ireland, and John McGee (20) a tanner's labourer from Bridge of Weir.

In 1911 the family was still living at The Mimosas. Eldest daughter Sarah was now a shop assistant in a bakery. The oldest son John had followed his father's trade as a tanner. Nellie was a shop assistant to a confectioner, Bertie (15) was a club maker at the golf club and George was still at school.

Robert volunteered for active service in November 1914 when he was 18 years old, and a professional at Old Ranfurly Golf Club. He had entered for the 1914 Open Championship. He was enlisted into the 15th Battalion (1st Glasgow) of the Highland Light Infantry. His younger brother George took over his duties at the golf club.

While still at Gailes camp near Troon, where he was in training, Robert married Agnes S Clarke, the daughter of blacksmith David Clarke and Barbara McFadyen. Agnes was 26 (Robert was 19) and she was a domestic servant at Morada, Bridge of Weir. They were married on 8th February 1915 at the Registry Office in 19 Howard Street, Glasgow by Sheriff's Warrant and declaration in the presence of witnesses Annie and Jeanie Graham.

After further training in Salisbury, Private McDougall first joined the theatre of war on 23rd November 1915 in France. On 18th November 1916 he was part of a raiding party capturing German trenches and was killed by a sniper's bullet. The date and location matches the Battle of the Ancre, the final British offensive of the Battle of the Somme. He was interred in the Munich Trench British Cemetery at Beaumont-Hamel, only four graves away from that of another Bridge of Weir man, Robert Barr, formerly the assistant professional at Ranfurly Castle Golf Club. The two young golfers had been killed on the same day.


1891 Census 1901 Census 1911 Census Birthplace
Name Age Name Age Name Age
Sarah Ann3 Sarah A13Sarah23 Bridge of Weir
John1 John11John21 Bridge of Weir
Nellie B8Nellie18 Bridge of Weir
Bertie5Bertie15 Bridge of Weir
George McC1George11 Bridge of Weir


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