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16th (Service) Battalion Highland Light Infantry (Glasgow Boys Brigade)
Service No: 37898

William James A Docherty grave





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. He 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 of Wounds on the 21/06/1918


Hamilton /01/1917


Insurance Agent with Mr McCreadie in Coatbridge.



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. 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, Bac-du-Sud British Cemetery, another photo of William's Grave, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls, his CWGC Grave Registration x 2, his Headstone Report x 2, the Highland Light Infantry Cap Badge and William's and his brother George's Pension Records x 3.

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