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16th (Service) Battalion (2nd Glasgow) Highland Light Infantry
Service No: 37898

William James A Docherty grave

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Personal details

Family Information

Son of Robert (13/06/1861-1936) and Elizabeth Docherty (25/02/1865-1901) of 5 Coats St, Coatbridge. William's older brother Able Seaman George Docherty of the Collingwood Battalion, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve was Killed in Action on the 04/06/1915 at the Dardanelles. William had 2 other brothers still serving when he died. From the 1901 Census - Address - 7 Coats St, Coatbridge - Robert Docherty aged 39, Elizabeth Docherty aged 36, Janet Archibald Docherty aged 14 (1887-1917), Robert Docherty aged 12 (1889-1929), George A Docherty aged 9, William J A Docherty aged 5, Edward Docherty aged 1. William's and his brother George's Pension was awarded to their father Robert.

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 5 Coats St, Coatbridge.

Died

Died of Wounds on the 21/06/1918 received west of Blaireville / Ransart

Enlisted

Hamilton /01/1917

Employed

Insurance Agent with Mr McCreadie in Coatbridge.

Age

22

Buried / Remembered

Bac-du-Sud British Cemetery (II. E. 11), Bailleuval, France.

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The cemetery was made in March 1918 by the 7th, 20th and 43rd Casualty Clearing Stations, but when the German advance began at the end of that month, their place was taken by field ambulances of the units fighting on the Arras front, notably the 31st Division and the Canadian Corps. In August and September, when the Germans had been pushed back, the 45th and 46th Casualty Clearing Stations were posted to the neighbourhood. Bac-du-Sud British Cemetery contains 688 Commonwealth burials of the First World War. There are also 55 German war graves.

Additional Information

The Battalion arrived at Boulogne on the 23/11/15 and were part of the 97th Brigade, 32nd Division. On the 22/02/1918 they became the Pioneer Battalion in the same Division. In June 1918 the Battalion were in trenches west of Blaireville with "A" Company in Ransart. SEE PHOTOS x 19 FOR THE BATTALION WAR DIARY MAY - JUNE 1918. The Battalion is often known by its original title of the Glasgow Boys Brigade Battalion. They formed in Glasgow on the 2nd September 1914 by the Lord Provost and City, with many recruits coming from the Boys Brigade. See Directory for William's brother Able Seaman George Docherty of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserves page. Grave photo donated by Mick McCann at britishwargraves.co.uk. See photos for William's Medal Index Card, his Newspaper clipping, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls, his CWGC Grave Registration x 2, his Headstone Report x 2, William and his brother George's Pension Records x 3, Bac-du-Sud British Cemetery, another photo of William's grave and the Highland Light Infantry Cap Badge. Finally the 16th and 17th Battalions had the same record up until the 17th was disbanded in France on the 11/02/1918. This can be downloaded free https://ia800306.us.archive.org/29/items/17thHLI00glasuoft/17thHLI00glasuoft.pdf

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War Diaries

The battalion War Diary is available on the National Archives website.

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