Watson's War Records

​During the conflicts of the 20th Century former pupils of the George Watson's Boys' College answered their country's call in their hundreds and many made the ultimate sacrifice.

In World War I 605 died, 19.5% of those who served in the armed forces.

In World War II 202 died, 11.2% of those who served in the armed forces.

In addition, one former pupil of George Watson's Ladies' College was killed in World War I, another was killed during World War II and a pupil died in the Korean War. This Roll of Honour provides some of the facts and the faces behind the stark statistics. It also includes the six members of staff who died in World War I and another, who had taught at George Watson's Ladies' College, who died in World War II.

These biographies are not complete and there are also a number of photographs missing, together with a few records that have not yet been traced. If you have any further information we would welcome it, please contact us.

Most of the information you will find here has been taken from A Memorial Record of Watsonians who served in the Great War (1920) and The Watsonian War Record 1939-1945 (1951). These two volumes were published to record and honour Watsonians who had served and who had died.

You can view the War Records by selecting one of the following links. Alternatively, you can search the Records using the form below, completing as much information as possible.

World War 1
1914 – 1918
World War 2
1939 – 1945
Korean War
1950 – 1953

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Name Regiment Buried Biography

Roy Frederick Balmain
RFA DADIZEELE NEW BRITISH CEMETERY Was born in 1895, and attended G.W.C. 1902-11. He was an enthusiastic Scout, and after leaving School to study medicine, he joined the E.U.O.T.C. (Arty.). Gazetted to the R.F.A. in Aug. 1914, he became Adjt. of the 51st Bde., 9th Div., in Nov. 1915, and Capt. June 1917. He fought at Loos, Somme, Arras, and in the March Offensive 1918 was awarded the M.C., and was thrice mentioned in Despatches. He was mortally wounded on Passchendaele Ridge, Oct. 1, 1918.

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Charles James Banks
Seaforth Highlanders THIEPVAL MEMORIAL The son of Dr. T. W. Banks, was born at Lanark in 1898. He attended G.W.C. 1911-14, and was for three years in the O.T.C. He went to Brussels in July 1914, was there during the German invasion, and got away with great difficulty in Oct. Entering Edin. Univ., he was half-way through his second year in medicine when he joined the 7th Seaforth Hrs. He had only been two months in France when, in his first action, he was killed, Oct. 12, 1916, while acting as a dresser and stretcher-bearer.

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W. J. Barbour Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders ARRAS MEMORIAL Born in 1886, entd. G.W.C. in 1898. A Pte. in the A. and S. H., he fell in action in May 1917.

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Marshall Stuart Barclay
Royal Scots POZIERES MEMORIAL The son of the late G. Barclay, Edin., was born in 1891, and attended G.W.C. 1900-10. He was a member of the O.T.C., and was keenly interested in the Scout movement, in which he was latterly an A.S.M. He left School to join the staff of the Scottish Widows' Assurance Coy. Mobilised with the 9th R.S., in Aug. 1914, he served for a time in the ranks and won his commission. He went to France in June 1916, was wounded in Sept., and was mentioned in Despatches. While A/Adjt. of his Bn., he was killed in action in May 1918.

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Henry Morton Barnet King's Royal Rifle Corps NIEDERZWEHREN CEMETERY, KASSEL Son of Alexander and Eliza Jane Howieson Barnet, Kirkcaldy. Educated at Kirkcaldy High School and George Watson's College, Edinburgh (1905 -1907). Joining up in 1914 he served in the Royal Highland Regiment in the ranks. Promoted to Sergeant in 1916. Served in the Salonika campaign. Commissioned in 1917 in the KRRC serving in the 1st Battalion. Was listed as "wounded and missing" at the the battle of Equancourt in March 1918. It turned out he had suffered a serious wound to his left leg and he was taken to a German field hospital and then to a POW camp. Sadly his wounds became infected and he died at 23.00h on 23rd April 1918.

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William Cowan Ogilvy Barrie
Black Watch THIEPVAL MEMORIAL The second son of the late A. O. Barrie, H.M. Inspector of Schools, and nephew of Sir J. M. Barrie, was educated at Dumfries Academy and G.W.C. (1899). After graduating M.A. (Hons.) at Edin. Univ., he engaged in publishing and teaching. A keen tennis player, he was successively secretary and captain of Braid Tennis Club. Gazetted to the R.H. (Black Watch) in Sept. 1914, a month later he was on active service in France, where he took part in the battles at Neuve Chapelle and Festubert, and was twice wounded. After a period of home service he returned to France. On Oct. 14, 1916, he was killed in action.

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Thomas Edward Bartleman
Seaforth Highlanders POELCAPELLE BRITISH CEMETERY The younger son of Mr. T. Bartleman, Edin., was born in 1897, and attended G.W.C. 1901-14. A lad of singular public spirit, he was prominent as a piper and a marksman in the O.T.C., and in House and School football and cricket, gaining a place in the XI. of 1914. He had just joined the staff of the City Analyst when war broke out. Enlisting in the 5th R.S., he was, after a spell in the ranks, sent to a Cadet School, and gazetted to the Seaforth Hrs., Apr. 1917. Sent to France in June, he fell in an onslaught on the enemy trenches, Sept. 6, 1917.

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William George Bartleman
Royal Scots LANCASHIRE LANDING CEMETERY He was born in 1894, and attended G.W.C. 1900-10. As a schoolboy he was a member of the Cadet Corps and a prominent House footballer. On leaving School he entered an insurance office. Having volunteered in Sept. 1914, he was attached to the M.G. Section, 5th R.S. With them he campaigned in Gallipoli, and was killed in June 1915.

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Andrew Richard Baxendine
Royal Scots KIRECHKOI-HORTAKOI MILITARY CEMETERY The second son of Mr. A. Baxendine, bookseller, Edin., was born in 1896, and attended G.W.C. 1903-10. On leaving School he entered his father's business, but on attaining military age at once enlisted in the 3rd R.S. After four months' training he was sent to Salonika, where he served continuously for two and a half years. The climate tried him sorely, but he stuck to his post with indomitable good cheer. Within a few days of sailing for home he succumbed to pneumonia, Dec. 11, 1918.

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John Young Baxendine
Border Regiment HAWTHORN RIDGE CEMETERY No.2, AUCHONVILLERS He was born in 1893, and attended G.W.C. 1899-1907. On leaving School he entered his father's business. A member of the E.U.O.T.C. prior to the war, he was gazetted to the Border Regt. in April 1915, and served in Gallipoli, taking part in the Suvla Bay landing. Invalided from the Peninsula, he subsequently served in Egypt and France. He was killed on July 1, 1916, during the Somme Offensive, at Beaumont Hamel, and buried in No. 2 General Cemetery, Hawthorn Ridge, a hundred yards from where he fell.

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