William Brechin

RankPrivate S/12185
Medals1914-1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
RegimentCameron Highlanders, 5th Battalion
Military Service

1915 Served in France from 10 May. Wounded on 7 August and died the same day.


6 September 1877 Glasgow

Death7th August 1915
Circumstances of Death

Killed in action

BurialPont-Du-Hem Military Cemetery, La Gorgue, VI. E. 6

Brechin was originally buried in Indian Village Graveyard No. 1 when he died but in 1920 this graveyard was cleared and the bodies reburied in Pont-du-Hem Military Cemetery.

CWGC Information

Son of William and Mary Brechin, of Glasgow.


William Brechin (c1842-1919) & Mary Allan (c1848-1937)

Father's Occupation

Master Flesher


James (1871-1875), Thomas (1874-), Euphemia (c1876-), John (c1880-), Hugh (c1882-), Agnes (1882-1883), Robert (1884-1886), Mary (c1886-), Janet (c1889-)




High School of Glasgow


Stockbroker’s clerk, Gow Brothers & Gemmell, 86 St Vincent Street, Glasgow

1881 Census

125 Douglas Street, Glasgow

1891 Census

Bruce Road, Kinning Park

1901 Census

2 Bruce Street, Kinning Park

1911 Census

2 Bruce Road, Pollokshields

Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Upsilon Lair 164
Other Memorials

Scottish National War Memorial

High School of Glasgow War Memorial

Pollokshields Parish Church

Other Information

Cousin of 2nd Lieut Robert Hood Brechin who died 30 September 1916 and a member of the family who owned Brechin Brothers, Butchers, a well known chain of butcher shops in Glasgow and the surrounding district.

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, Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk), and Findmypast (www.findmypast.co.uk),

Commonwealth War Graves Commission – www.cwgc.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




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

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