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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Your search for former pupils named 'Milroy' who fought in WW1  returned 1 record(s).

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Name Regiment Buried Biography

Eric Milroy
R.H. THIEPVAL MEMORIAL A son of Mr. A. M. Milroy, bank agent, Edin., was born in 1887 and entered G.W.C. in 1895. He was distinguished at School alike by his ability as a scholar, his prowess at Myreside in the 1st XV. of 1905-6, and his readiness as a debater in the Literary Society. He also held the rank of Sgt. in the Cadet Corps. The winner of an open bursary at Edin. Univ. in 1906, he graduated M.A. with Hons. in Mathematics in 1910, thereafter commencing his apprenticeship as a C.A. A brilliant member of the Watsonian XV. from 1906-14, he played for Scotland in almost every International Match from 1910-14, and toured with the British Team in S. Africa in 1910. Joining the 9th R.S. from the Watsonian Military Training Corps in Sept. 1914, he won speedy promotion, and in Jan. 1915 was gazetted 2/Lt. in the 11th R.H. In July 1916 he gained his Lieutenancy and was attached to the 8th R.H. as Lewis Gun Offr. Crossing to France in 1915, he was engaged in the severe fighting in the Ypres salient. During the battle of the Somme he was posted missing at Delville Wood in July 1916, and was later presumed killed in action.

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