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  cap badgePrivate Peter Downie

1/4th Battalion Gordon Highlanders
Service No: 16258

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Personal details

Family Information

Son of Michael (1861-03/11/1905) and Mary Ann Phee Downie (1867- ). Peter's mother remarried James Lawrie and they lived at 91 Whifflet St. This is where Peter died. Peter's half-brother Private John Downie of the 2nd Battalion Royal Scots (6831) was killed in action at Kemmel on the 21/04/1915. From the 1901 Census - Address - 49g Coatbank St, Coatbridge - Michael Downie aged 40, Mary A Downie aged 52, Patrick Downie aged 15, Michael Downie aged 9, Peter Downie aged 9 (twins), Catherine Downie aged 5, Margaret Downie aged 3. Peter's 2 brothers also served. Peter's Pension was awarded to his Mary Ann of 71f Whifflet St, Coatbridge.

Born / Resided

Castle St, Townhead, Glasgow / Coatbridge.


Died on the 01/11/1918 at home with Malaria


28/08/1916 originally Whifflet 05/09/1914


Iron Worker at the Horse Shoe Works.


26 / DOB - 26/12/1891

Buried / Remembered

Possibly Old Monkland Cemetery (will be checked).

Cemetery / Memorial Information

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Additional Information

Peter joined the Royal Scots Fusiliers (13439) at the outbreak of war and although initially passed as fit he was discharged 90 days later on account of Tuberculosis. However on the 28/08/1916 he enlisted in the Kings Own Scottish Borderers (26660) later transferring to the Gordon Highlanders. He was serving in the East and was admitted to hospital in July 1918 with Malaria and shipped home from Le Havre to Southampton on the hospital ship Warilda. The ship was torpedoed on the 03/08/1918 but some 500 of the 600 wounded on board survived. Peter was discharged on the 15/10/1918 but died at the home of his mother a few weeks later. Peter is NOT LISTED with the CWGC. See Directory for Peter's half-brother Private John Downie's page. Peter is also remembered on the St Patrick's (book) and St Mary's Church Rolls of Honour (see photos). See photos for Peter's Medal Index Card, his Newspaper clipping, Old Monkland Cemetery, his Service Record x 6, his Silver War Badge Record, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls and his former Regiments the Royal Scots Fusiliers and the Kings Own Scottish Borderers Cap Badges, the Gordon Highlanders Cap Badge and Peter's Pension Records x 2

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