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S/19544 Private Adam McLeod Walton

11th Battalion, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders

missing presumed dead 22nd August 1917

aged 19

Tyne Cot Memorial
St Machar's Church Memorial, Bridge of Weir
Freeland Church Memorial, Bridge of Weir

Son of Adam McLeod and Jessie Walton
Burngill, Bridge of Weir

His Life

Adam McLeod was registered by his mother Jessie Walton, a thread mill worker, as Adam McLeod Walton, illegitimate, born on 6th June 1898 at Ewing's Land, Bridge of Weir. There are no recorded details for the father, but his army service record states this as Adam McLeod, address unknown, consistent with his middle name. His mother Jessie was the daughter of Matthew Walton and Mary Montgomery Law from Kilbarchan.

In the 1901 census he was 3 years old and living at McLean's Land, Bridge of Weir. His grandmother Mary Walton (born 1851, Glasgow), was the head of the family, married (although her husband was not in the family home) and working as a charwoman. Her 3 daughters Mary 23, Jessie 22 (Adam's mother) and Jane aged 19 were all single factory girls working at a thread mill and her son David was 14 and a grocer's message boy. Everyone in the family had the surname Walton except Adam who was recorded as Adam McLeod.

By 1911 Mary Walton was 59, a widow and still the head of the family, now at Ladeside Place, Laighlands, Bridge of Weir. Her single daughter Jessie (29) was a charwoman and Mary now had two grandsons - Adam (12) and John (8), both with surname Walton.

Adam was an apprentice currier to Hugh Reyburn in Bridge of Weir when he was called up for service with the 11th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders on 23rd March 1917, still in his 18th year. The 11th Argylls formed part of the 45th Brigade, 15th (Scottish) Division. He was posted to France on 20th July 1917 and was officially reported as missing presumed killed on 22nd August 1917, barely a month after he arrived in Flanders. It was almost a year before his death was confirmed to his mother. The 15th Division was engaged in fighting in Third Ypres (Passchendaele) at the time. On 22nd August, at 4.45am, the 11th Argylls were on the right flank of an attack with the 13th Royal Scots. The Divisional history states:

"On the right the fate of the leading companies of both the 13th Royal Scots and 11th A. & S. Highlanders will never be known. So heavy was the machine gun fire that no information could be sent back or supports sent up. Of the Argylls only three officers came back (McClure, Chesney and Muirhead), all three being badly wounded."

Adam is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial in the Ypres Salient, Belgium.

His mother Jessie later married John MacLeod, an inspector with the Post Office Engineering Department.

Battle of Third Ypres

The field of battle where Adam McLeod Walton fell on 22nd August 1917. The 11th Argylls were attacking Beck House and Borry Farm.


1901 Census 1911 Census Birthplace
Name Age Name Age
Adam3Adam12 Bridge of Weir
John8 Bridge of Weir


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