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S/5818 Lance Sergeant William Neil

10th and 13th (Scottish Horse) Battalions
Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)

killed in action 8th November 1918

aged 25

Dourlers Communal Cemetery Extension
St Machar's Church Memorial, Bridge of Weir

Son of William Neil and Margaret Roy
Cornmill House, Bridge of Weir

His Life

William Neil was born on 12th January 1893 at Cadder, Lanarkshire, the second of a family of twelve (nine surviving) born to William Neil, from Barony, Glasgow and Margaret Roy, from Shettleston, Glasgow, who had married in Shettleston, Barony, Glasgow on 27th January 1888.

In 1891 William (39), Margaret (26), and their first son Alexander were living in Loanhead Cottages, Renfrew. William was a ploughman.

By 1901 William and Margaret had five sons, including William (8) and were living in Windsor Place, Bridge of Weir. William was now a carter.

In 1911 the family had moved again to Cornmill House, Bridge of Weir, a three roomed house for the family of seven sons and two daughters. William senior was a carting contractor and coal merchant, Alexander and Hugh were also carters, and William (17) was a House Painter.

William Neil volunteered in October 1914 and was enlisted into the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). His Medal Index Card records that he first joined the theatre of war in France on 20th September 1915, the day the 10th Battalion landed at Boulogne, although this is inconsistent with newspaper reports that he was gassed in Ypres in May 1915. He may have been attached to another regiment in 1915. The 10th Battalion, Black Watch, was disbanded on 15th October, 1918. The 13th Battalion, in which William was serving at the end, formed part of the 149th Brigade in the 50th Division which was active in the Final Advance in Picardy.

He was killed on 8th November 1918. He is buried in the Dourlers Cemetery in North-East France. Dourlers village was in German hands during almost the whole of the First World War. It was taken on 7th November 1918, after heavy fighting.

After service encompassing the entire war, William Neil was killed three days before the Armistice.


1891 Census 1901 Census 1911 Census Birthplace
Name Age Name Age Name Age
Alexander8 moAlexander R10Alex R20 Renfrew
William8William17 Cadder, Lanark
Hugh6Hugh16 Cadder, Lanark
John R4John15 Cadder, Lanark
Donald R2Donald R12Cadder, Lanark
James7 Glasgow, Lanark
George P6 Bridge of Weir
Mary5 Bridge of Weir
Maggie C1 Bridge of Weir


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