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  cap badgePrivate William Baxter

7th (Service) Battalion Cameron Highlanders
Service No: S/22023

William Baxter grave





Personal details

Family Information

Son of James and Minnie Baxter of 283 New Row, Gartsherrie, Coatbridge. William's older brother Private David Baxter of the 1st Battalion Scots Guards was Killed in Action on the 16/09/1916. His other brother James served with the Scots Guards for 15 months before being transferred to the Army Reserve (munitions work) at Gartsherrie Iron Works in August 1916. From the 1901 Census - Address - Shawend, Kilsyth, Stirlingshire - James Baxter aged 34, Minnie Baxter aged 33, Janet Baxter aged 11, David Baxter aged 9, James Baxter aged 9, William Baxter aged 5, Duncan Baxter aged 3, Minnie Baxter aged 4. William's Pension was awarded to his father James.

Born / Resided

Kilsyth / 283 New Row, Gartsherrie, Coatbridge.


Killed in Action on the 20/07/1916


Coatbridge /11/1914


Blacksmith, North British Railways, Kipps, Coatbridge.



Buried / Remembered

Loos Memorial (Panel 119 to 124), Pas de Calais, France.

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The Loos Memorial commemorates over 20,000 officers and men who have no known grave, who fell in the area from the River Lys to the old southern boundary of the First Army, east and west of Grenay, from the first day of the Battle of Loos to the end of the war. On either side of the cemetery is a wall 15 feet high, to which are fixed tablets on which are carved the names of those commemorated. At the back are four small circular courts, open to the sky, in which the lines of tablets are continued, and between these courts are three semicircular walls or apses, two of which carry tablets, while on the centre apse is erected the Cross of Sacrifice.

Additional Information

The Battalion arrived at Boulogne on the 09/07/1915 and were part of the 44th Brigade, 15th (Scottish) Division. William was originally posted missing. The confirmation of his death was not received until August 1917. See Directory for William's brother David's page. Also remembered in the St Augustine's Parish (book). See photos for William's Medal Index Card, his Newspaper clippings x 2, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his name on the Gartsherrie Works x 2 and Clifton Church Rolls of Honour, his Service Medal and Award Rolls, his name on the Loos Memorial, his name on the Loos Memorial Panel List, his CWGC Grave Registration, the Cameron Highlanders Cap Badge and William's Pension Records x 3.

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