David Bremner

RankSecond Lieutenant
Medals1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
RegimentBorder Regiment, 1st Battalion
Military Service

1st Battalion, Border Regiment was stationed in Burma at the outbreak of war and did not arrive back in Britain until January 1915. Two months later it sailed for Gallipoli and landed at Cape Hellas on 25th April 1915. Bremner’s Medal Roll Index Card records that he served in Gallipoli from November 1915 so he must have gone out in a draft.
After the evacuation from Gallipoli in January the Battalion moved to France where it spent the rest of the war. On the night of 27th June 1916 Bremer led a raiding party of 50 men against the enemy. Due to delays and difficulties in cutting the wire the raid had to be abandoned. 4 days later the Battle of the Somme started and Bremner was wounded on the first day.


30th April 1889, Strathblane

Death9th July 1916
Circumstances of Death

Died of wounds

BurialDoullens Communal Cemetery, Extension 1, II. A. 8

His headstone bears the following quotation: “Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty, Isa. XXXIII XVII”.  A year later his brother received the same quotation on his gravestone.

CWGC Information

Son of Alex. Hamilton Bremner and Grace Bremner, of Glasgow.


Alexander H Bremner (1860-1941) & Grace C Raphael(1863-1942), married 1888

Father's Occupation



James (1890-1917), Frederick R (1892-1893)

David Bremner (standing) with his brother James and his mother c1899 From www.bremnerroots.co.uk

David Bremner (standing) with his brother James and his mother c1899
From www.bremnerroots.co.uk




Merchiston Castle School, 1900-1905


Not known

1891 Census

Napier Lodge, Strathblane

1901 Census

19 Merchiston Park, Edinburgh

1911 Census

Not known

Home Address

Not known

Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Epsilon Lair 265
Other Memorials

Scottish National War Memorial – not listed

Acknowledgements and Sources

Much of the information on which this profile is based is drawn from various internet sources which are listed below.  The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis also wish to make full acknowledgement and thanks for the permitted use of any information or images generously supplied specifically for exhibition, publication or display in connection with The Roll of Honour and accompanying profiles to Merchiston Castle School, Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk), Findmypast (www.findmypast.co.uk)

Commonwealth War Graves Commission – www.cwgc.org

Family Search – www.familysearch.org

The Long, Long Trail – http://www.1914-1918.net/

Scotlands People – www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk

The Scottish War Memorials Project – www.warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com

Border Regiment Forum – http://border-regiment-forum.com



Compiled by Morag Fyfe, Historical and Genealogical Researcher for The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis.

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