David Collie Dillon does not have a likeness. If you have one, please link to it in the comments section.

  cap badgePrivate David Collie Dillon

17th (Service) Battalion (3rd Glasgow) Highland Light Infantry
Service No: 28859

David Collie Dillon grave





Personal details

Family Information

Son of William and Margaret Craig Dillon of 49b Coatbank St, Coatbridge. Husband of Elizabeth Burns Dillon (18/11/1892- ) of 239 Main St, Coatbridge. Father of David (14/03/1917- ). David also had a stepdaughter Elizabeth Martin (28/01/1915- ) and stepson Hugh Martin Dillon (09/01/1913-1920). Their father Private John James Martin died on the 21/05/1915 and is buried in Airdrie (St Josephs) R.C Cemetery. His young son Hugh sadly joined him there in 1920. From the 1901 Census - Address - 2h East Stewart St, Coatbridge - William Dillon aged 40, Margaret Dillon aged 34, Elizabeth Dillon aged 15, Patrick Dillon aged 13, William Dillon aged 11, Margaret Collie Dillon aged 10 (27/01/1891-04/04/1983), Lillias Dillon aged 8, David Collie Dillon aged 7, James Dillon aged 4, Agnes Dillon aged 3 and Janet Craig Dillon aged 1. David's Pension was awarded to his wife Elizabeth on the 07/06/1917. Both David and his brother William are listed on Pension awarded to their mother Margaret.

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 239 Main St, Coatbridge.


Killed in Action on the 18/11/1916 on the last day of the Battle of the Ancre (part of the Battles of the Somme, 1916)


Coatbridge 1914


Iron Works Labourer / Reservist.


22 / DOB - 22/07/1894

Buried / Remembered

Thiepval Memorial (Pier and Face 15 C), Somme, France.

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The memorial commemorates more than 72,000 men of British and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 and have no known grave, the majority of whom died during the Somme offensive of 1916. On the high ground overlooking the Somme River in France, where some of the heaviest fighting of the First World War took place, stands the Thiepval Memorial. Towering over 45 metres in height, it dominates the landscape for miles around. It is the largest Commonwealth memorial to the missing in the world. On 1 July 1916, supported by a French attack to the south, 13 divisions of Commonwealth forces launched an offensive on a line from north of Gommecourt to Maricourt. Despite a preliminary bombardment lasting seven days, the German defences were barely touched and the attack met unexpectedly fierce resistance. Losses were catastrophic and with only minimal advances on the southern flank, the initial attack was a failure. In the following weeks, huge resources of manpower and equipment were deployed in an attempt to exploit the modest successes of the first day. However, the German Army resisted tenaciously and repeated attacks and counter attacks meant a major battle for every village, copse and farmhouse gained. At the end of September, Thiepval was finally captured. The village had been an original objective of 1 July.

Additional Information

The Battalion arrived at Boulogne on the 23/09/1915 and were part of the 97th Brigade, 32nd Division. David is listed as DILLION on the Thiepval Memorial and with the CWGC. David was wounded in 1915. David was Killed in Action at the Battle of the Ancre on the last day of the Battles of the Somme, one of 253 Highland Light Infantry men who fell that day. His elder brother William of the Seaforth Highlanders was killed 6 months later. His cousin William of the Royal Scots Fusiliers was killed in 1914 (see Directory for both mens pages). The Battle of the Ancre, 13th – 18th November 1916 The battle was now extended northwards across to the far side of he River Ancre. The British force attacked in fog and snow on the 13th November from the very same front lines from which the attack had failed so badly on the 1 July. Beaumont-Hamel was finally captured but Serre once again proved an objective too far. Considerable casualties were sustained before the battle was called off. David is also remembered in the St Patrick's Roll of Honour (book) (see photos for more Family information x 2). A huge thank you to Robert D Corrins for sending me a copy of his St Patrick's and the Great War book. See photos for David's Medal Index Card, his Newspaper clippings x 2, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls, his CWGC Grave Registration, his name on the Thiepval Memorial x 2, the Highland Light Infantry Cap Badge and David's and his brother William's Pension Records x 6.

  Medal Index Card  newspaper clipping  newspaper clipping  remembered at home  remembered at home  remembered at home  remembered at home  additional photo  additional photo  additional photo  additional photo  additional photo  additional photo  additional photo  additional photo  additional photo  additional photo  additional photo

Creative Commons License

We have made this information and the images available under a Creative Commons BY-NC license. This means you may reuse it for non-commercial purposes only and must attribute it to us using the following statement: © coatbridgeandthegreatwar.com


There are no comments yet for Private David Collie Dillon. Be the first to leave one.

Do you have any information about or memories of Private David Collie Dillon that you would like to share?

Or even if you would just like to leave a message to say you've been here, please leave a comment below.

*Please note that all comments are verified by a moderator before appearing on the site. All fields are required except links to photos.