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Archibald Mathieson cap badgePrivate Archibald Mathieson

1st Battalion Highland Light Infantry
Service No: 7932

Archibald Mathieson grave





Personal details

Family Information

Son of John and Ann Mathieson of 479 Main St, Coatbridge. From the 1901 Census - Address - 16a3 East Stewart St, Coatbridge - John Mathieson aged 48, Ann Mathieson aged 37, Archibald Mathieson 3. Archibald's Pension was claimed by his sister Sarah c/o Mr John Kinnard of Hill View, Caldercruix. This was refused on the 13/05/1916 with Pension Record giving the reason as 'claimant dead'.

Born / Resided

Old Monkland, Coatbridge / 479 Main St, Coatbridge


Killed in Action on the 18/03/1915 at Neuve Chapelle


Coatbridge 1914


Clyde Tube Works



Buried / Remembered

Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais (Panel 37 and 38), France.

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The Le Touret Memorial commemorates over 13,400 British soldiers who were killed in this sector of the Western Front from the beginning of October 1914 to the eve of the Battle of Loos in late September 1915 and who have no known grave. Almost all of the men commemorated on the Memorial served with regular or territorial regiments from across the United Kingdom and were killed in actions that took place along a section of the front line that stretched from Estaires in the north to Grenay in the south. This part of the Western Front was the scene of some of the heaviest fighting of the first year of the war, including the battles of La Bassée (10 October – 2 November 1914), Neuve Chapelle (10 – 12 March 1915), Aubers Ridge (9 – 10 May 1915), and Festubert (15 – 25 May 1915). Soldiers serving with Indian and Canadian units who were killed in this sector in 1914 and 1915 whose remains were never identified are commemorated on the Neuve Chapelle and Vimy memorials, while those who fell during the northern pincer attack at the Battle of Aubers Ridge are commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial.

Additional Information

The Battalion were in Ambala, India in August 1914 and were part of the Sirhind Brigade in the 3rd (Lahore) Division. On the 01/12/1914 (some weeks after the other Brigades of the Division) they moved to France via Egypt and arrived at Marseilles. The Battle of Neuve Chapelle, 10th – 13th March 1915 : the Battle of Neuve Chapelle. British First Army mounts first offensive on large scale: costly in terms of casualties but results in capture of Neuve Chapelle. Localised operations continue afterwards. Neuve Chapelle was the first large scale organised attack undertaken by the British Army during the war. It followed the miserable winter operations of 1914-15. More Divisions had now arrived in France and the British Expeditionary Force was now split into two Armies. Neuve Chapelle was undertaken by Sir Douglas Haig’s First Army, while subsequent actions were fought by Sir Herbert Smith-Dorrien’s Second Army. Archibald is also remembered on the Clifton Church, Maxwell Parish Church and Stewarts and Lloyds Rolls of Honour (see photos). See photos for Archibald's Medal Index Card, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects (death date listed as 11/18 March), his Service Medal and Award Rolls, his CWGC Grave Registration, his name on the Le Touret Memorial Panel List, name on the Le Touret Memorial, Archibald's Pension Records x 3 and the Highland Light Infantry Cap Badge.

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