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  cap badgePrivate George Buchanan Arnott

9th Battalion Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Service No: S/4298

George Buchanan Arnott grave





Personal details

Family Information

Son of John and Sarah Arnott of "Braefoot", Armadale Rd, Whitburn, West Lothian, Eldest of 3 boys. One of George's younger brothers worked as a Booking Clerk at the Airdrie North British Station. From the 1901 Census - Address - 9 Ronald St, Coatbridge - Sarah Arnott 32, George Arnott 7, Robert Arnott 5, James Arnott 4. George lived with the Walker family. He enlisted and worked with David and James Walker who both fell at the Battle of Loos.

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 77 Burnbank St, Coatbridge with Mr James and Mrs Jessie Walker.


Died 28/06/1916 of wounds received 27/06/1916


Baird Town Hall, Coatbridge 1914


Locomotive Driver and Fireman at Kipps Works.


23 / DOB - 22/04/1893

Buried / Remembered

Vermelles British Cemetery (IV. A. 9), Pas de Calais, France.

Cemetery / Memorial Information

Vermelles was in German hands from the middle of October 1914 to the beginning of December 1914, when it was recaptured by the French. The cemetery was begun in August 1915 (though a few graves are slightly earlier), and during the Battle of Loos, when the Chateau was used as a dressing station, Plot I was completed. It was laid out and fenced by the Pioneers of the 1st Gloucesters, and known for a long time as "Gloucester Graveyard". The remaining Plots were made by the Divisions (from the Dismounted Cavalry Division onwards) holding the line 1.6 kilometres East of the cemetery until April 1917, and they incorporated a few isolated French graves of October 1914. From April 1917, to the Armistice, the cemetery was closed; but after the Armistice some graves were re-grouped and others were brought in (to Plots II, IV and VI) from the battlefields to the East. There are now over 2134 First World War casualties commemorated in this cemetery. Of these, 198 are unidentified and special memorials are erected to six soldiers from the United Kingdom, known to be buried among them. This cemetery also contains the graves of 11 casualties of other nationalities.

Additional Information

George was previously wounded and gassed at Loos in 1915. George is remembered on the Whitburn Civic Memorial and East Utd Free Church Roll of Honour and on the Maxwell Parish Church and Kipps Works Rolls of Honour (see photos). See Directory for David and James Walker who also fell and enlisted and worked with George. See photos for George's Medal Index Card, his Newspaper clippings x 3, information on the National Probate Index in 1917, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls x 2, his CWGC Grave Registration x 2, his Headstone Report x 2, his photo and information on his death from the West Lothian Courier Newspaper on the 21/07/1916, Vermelles British Cemetery and the Black Watch Cap Badge. George's Grave Inscription reads " SO DEARLY LOVED SO SADLY MISSED "

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