Robert Hood Brechin

RankSecond Lieutenant Robert Hood Brechin
MedalsBritish War Medal, Victory Medal
RegimentSeaforth Highlanders 5th (Sutherland and Caithness) Battalion, attached 1st Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Military Service

Sergeant in the High School OTC.
Enlisted as a private (220914) in the Glasgow Highlanders (9th Battn Highland Light Infantry) in September 1914. One would have presumed Brechin served in France with the HLI but his Medal Roll Index Card does not record any service at the front until after he received his commission. Nor does it show him as entitled to the 1914-15 Star which one might have expected if he had served in France.
Commissioned into the 5th Seaforth Highlanders on 7th December 1915.
Sent for further training to Cairo in May 1916 and attached to the 1st Battn Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 81st Infantry Brigade, 27th Division stationed on the Salonika front in August 1916.
On the 30th September the 81st Infantry Brigade assaulted and captured the Karajakois (the fortified villages of Karajakoi Bala and Karajakoi Zir, now jointly known as Monokklisia) and RH Brechin was killed.


1895, Glasgow

Death30th September 1916
Circumstances of Death

Killed in Action.
Shot through the head while leading his platoon.

BurialStruma Military Cemetery, Greece, V. A. 5
CWGC Information

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Brechin, of Glasgow.


Robert H Brechin (1848-1918) & Jane I Armstrong (1861-1917), married 1887 Lewes, Sussex

Father's Occupation

Flesher.  Partner in Brechin Brothers.


Jane I (1887-1944), Agnes H (1889-1889), Ann A (1890-1930), Mary H (c1894-), Dorothy K A (1898-1901), James (1900-1900), William (c1902-)




Whitehill School, Glasgow
High School of Glasgow
University of Glasgow 1912-1914.



1901 Census

22 Circus Drive, Dennistoun, Glasgow

1911 Census

42 Sherbrooke Avenue, Pollokshields, Glasgow

Home Address

42 Sherbrooke Avenue, Pollokshields, Glasgow

Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Upsilon Lair 185
Other Memorials

Scottish National War Memorial
Pollokshields Parish Church War Memorial and Book of Remembrance
Whitehill Secondary School
High School of Glasgow War Memorial

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 the High School of Glasgow, The Highlanders Museum, Fort George, Ancestry, and Find my past.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Family Search

Scotlands People

The Long, Long Trail

The Scottish War Memorials Project



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

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