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

Arthur Currie Gordon
RACD BLANGY-SUR-BRESLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY Arthur C. Gordon, Captain, Royal Army Chaplains Department, was the only son of the late Rev. Wm. Gordon and Mrs. Gordon, Barrhill, Ayrshire. Born in 1904, he attended Watson's from 1915 to 1920, when he proceeded to Edinburgh University and graduated M.A., B.D. For some time he assisted the Rev. Albert A. Diack, St. Bernard's Church, Edinburgh, and subsequently held charges at Kells Parish Church, Kirkcudbrightshire, and at Foveran Parish Church, Newburgh, Aberdeenshire. He offered his services as a Chaplain in 1939, and was killed in France in June 1940, whilst with the 1st Battalion, The Black Watch.

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Samuel Alexander Bruce Gordon
R.A.F. LYNEHAM (ST. MICHAEL) CHURCHYARD Samuel A. B. Gordon, Flying Officer, Royal Air Force, was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. R. Gordon, 4 Hartington Place, Edinburgh. Born in 19 21, he attended Watson's from 1926 to 1937, when he entered the Post Office Engineering Department. As a Territorial he was called up at the outbreak of war. Transferred to the R.A.F. in May 1941, he was commissioned in November of the same year. He saw service at Gibraltar, Malta and Egypt, and lost his life at his home station in England in 1942.

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