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Private John Downie

2nd Battalion Royal Scots
Service No: 6831

John Downie grave

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Personal details

Family Information

Son of Michael and Elizabeth Fitzsimmons Downie. Elder brother of Thomas Downie. Husband of Annie Moore Downie (1887-1913). Father of 2 children, Elizabeth (07/12/1910-07/07/1993) and Michael (1912- ). Johns half-brother Peter of the 4th Battalion Gordon Highlanders (16258) died of Malaria at home on the 01/11/1918 (see index). He had 2 brothers serving. Johns stepbrothers and sisters - Peter (26/12/1891-01/11/1918), Michael (1892- ), Catherine (1896- ), Margaret (1898- ). From the 1901 Census - Address - 49g Coatbank St, Coatbridge - Michael Downie aged 40, Mary A Downie (Johns stepmother) aged 52, Johns half brothers and half sisters Patrick Downie aged 15, Michael Downie aged 9, Peter Downie aged 9, Catherine Downie aged 5, Margaret Downie aged 3. From the 1881 Census - Address - 14 Jacksons Ld,, Low Coats, Coatbridge - Michael Downie aged 22, Elizabeth Downie aged 21, John Downie aged 4 months, boarder John Downie aged 7

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 17 Coatbank St, Coatbridge

Died

Killed in Action 21/04/1915 at Hill 60, Kemmel

Enlisted

Re-enlisted Hamilton 1914 originally Hamilton 23/08/1899

Employed

Puddler in Coats Iron Works / Reservist

Age

34 / DOB - 08/12/1880

Buried / Remembered

Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

Cemetery / Memorial Information

Kemmel Chateau was north-east of Kemmel village and the cemetery was established on the north side of the chateau grounds in December 1914. It continued to be used by divisions fighting on the southern sectors of the Belgian front until March 1918, when after fierce fighting involving both Commonwealth and French forces, the village and cemetery fell into German hands in late April. The cemetery was retaken later in the year, but in the interval it was badly shelled and the old chateau destroyed. There are 1,135 Commonwealth burials of the First World War in the cemetery and 21 from the Second World War (which all date from the Allied withdrawal ahead of the German advance of May 1940).

Additional Information

John is listed as DOWNEY and 2ND ROYAL SCOTS FUSILIERS on the Memorial. John joined the Royal Scots in August 1899 and served in the Boer War ( received the Queen Victoria Medal and King Edward Medal ) and in India. He re-joined his regiment at the outbreak of war and died in the attempt to capture Hill 60 at Kemmel. John shares a grave with Private W. McGill of the Royal Scots who fell on the same day (see main grave photo). Also remembered on the St Patricks Church Roll of Honour. See photos for Johns Service Record, his name on the Army Register of Soldiers Effects and his WW1 Service Medal and Award Rolls

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