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Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve 2nd "Hawke Battalion" 63rd (Royal Naval) Division
Service No: Clyde Z/7368

John Lindsay grave





Personal details

Family Information

Son of George (18/08/1861-05/04/1899) and Mary Hynd Lindsay (13/01/1862- ) of 73d Buchanan St, Coatbridge. John was the younger brother of Private George Lindsay of the 7th (Service) Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment who was Killed in Action on the 18/09/1918. John's younger brother Charles enlisted on the 02/03/1916 in the 3rd Battalion Highland Light Infantry then transferred to the Scottish Rifles. He survived the war. From the 1901 Census - Address - 228a Bank St, Coatbridge - Mary Lindsay aged 39, George's half-brother Alexander Lindsay aged 12, Elizabeth Lindsay aged 9 (30/08/1891-09/12/1967), George Lindsay aged 7, John Lindsay aged 5, Charles Lindsay aged 2. John's Pension was awarded to his mother Mary on the 30/07/1917.

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 73d Buchanan St, Coatbridge


Killed in Action on the 05/02/1917 during the Operations on the Ancre




Miner in Mount Vernon Colliery, Glasgow


20 / DOB - 04/03/1896

Buried / Remembered

Ancre British Cemetery (V. D. 33), Beaumont Hamel, Somme, France.

Cemetery / Memorial Information

There are 2,540 Commonwealth casualties of the First World War buried or commemorated in the cemetery. 1,335 of the graves are unidentified, but special memorials commemorate 43 casualties known or believed to be buried among them. There are also special memorials to 16 casualties know to have been buried in other cemeteries, whose graves were destroyed by shell fire. There were originally 517 burials almost all of the 63rd (Naval) and 36th Divisions, but after the Armistice the cemetery was greatly enlarged when many more graves from the same battlefields and from the following smaller burial grounds.

Additional Information

ADDITIONAL FAMILY INFORMATION - John's father George was a Miner with the Summerlee & Mossend Iron & Steel Co Ltd and was employed in Colliery Drumpellier Nos. 3 & 4. He died on the 05/04/1899 at Alexander Hospital due to burns on his face, hands and body. This is how his death was described - Apparently gas had accumulated in an unventilated place near where he was working and a fall of roof forced it out when it was ignited by his naked light. John enlisted on the 23/11/1915 then draft for the British Expeditionary Force on the 10/07/1916. He joined the "Hawke" Battalion on the 12/12/1916 till the time of his death. The 2nd (Hawke) Battalion were part of the 2nd Royal Naval Brigade, 63rd (Royal Naval) Division. John fell 2 days after the capture of Puisieux Trench by the Division on the 03/02/1917. This was part of the Operations on the Ancre, 11th January – 13th March 1917 : The Final flickering of the 1916 Somme offensive as British seek localised tactical advantage on heights above valley of the River Ancre. See Directory for John's elder brother George's page (also see George's page for youngest brother Charles' Service Record x 7). John is also remembered in the St Augustine's Parish (book) Roll of Honour. See photos for John's Newspaper clippings x 2 (brother George is listed as being in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders which was his previous Regiment), John's parents' Marriage Certificate, his CWGC Grave Registration x 2, his Headstone Report, John's Pension Records x 2. Ancre British Cemetery and the Hawke Battalion Cap Badge.

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