Watson's War Records

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 and a pupil died in the Korean War. This Roll of Honour provides the facts and the faces behind the stark statistics. It also includes the six members of staff who died in World War I.

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

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

Ian Douglas McNeil Reith
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Pusan He was the youngest son of the Rev G. M. Reith and attended Watson's between 1923 and 1937. That year he entered the Faculty of Medicine at Edinburgh University and was called to the colours shortly before the outbreak of war in 1939. He was wounded at El Alamein and spent six months in hospital. After the war he decided to make the army his career and in 1949 was sent to Hong Kong, as tension rose in the East. In 1950 he was promoted to Brigade Major, 27th Infantry Brigade and in the August of that year was sent to Korea. He took part in a campaign of exceptional difficulty and hardship but death came tragically on 27th October when the road on which he was travelling, which had been mined, collapsed and his vehicle rolled over twice, killing him. In the words of his Commander in Korea "he was a delightful companion".