Andrew Buchanan King

Medals1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
RegimentArgyll & Sutherland Highlanders, 7th Battalion
Military Service

1897 Joined the 4th Stirlingshire Volunteers (later the 7th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) as Second Lieutenant on 17th March

1898 Promoted Lieutenant 23rd March

1900 Promoted Captain 13th June

1911 Promoted Major 25th May

1914 Volunteered for Imperial Service on the outbreak of the European War in August 1914; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from December.

1915 In the trenches near Ploegsteert Wood until April, when the battalion was moved near Ypres, where they took part in some severe fighting and several gas attacks; also in an attack across country in the face of the enemy’s machine-gun fire on 25th April. On 2nd May King led a charge through gas into one of our abandoned trenches, and he was one of the first to arrive there. At that moment the enemy were coming over their parapet to attack. He and some others at once turned the machine guns on the enemy, so that they were driven back, and the development of a large attack prevented.


17 March 1875 Glasgow

Death28th May 1915
Circumstances of Death

He was wounded and gassed on 24th May during a heavy bombardment at the Second Battle of Ypres and taken to No.10 Casualty Clearing Station, Hazebrouck, where he died on 28th May. It was reported that at the time of his wounding “He was busily dressing some wounded men and encouraging the unwounded, when he was struck by shrapnel in two or three places.”

BurialHazebrouck Communal Cemetery, II. A. 2

His gravestone bears a quotation from Proverbs X, 7 ‘The memory of the just is blessed’.

CWGC Information

Son of Charles Mackintosh King and Jane Margaret King, of Campsie, Stirlingshire; husband of Evelyn Nina Crombie (formerly King), Beech House, The Mount, York. Held commission from 17th March, 1895 in 4th Stirlingshire Volunteers.


Charles M King (1836-1919) and Jane M Buchanan (1848-1923)

Father's Occupation

Manufacturing chemist


Jean B (1869-1956) , John (1870-1890), Christina M (1872-1947), Marion M B (1874-1946), Charles M (1876-1964), Walter B (1878-1899), Robert B (1881-1965)


Evelyn N Sharpe, married 1912 who later remarried and became Mrs Crombie, Beech House, The Mount, York. 2 children Nina M (1913-) and Charles A B (1915-)


St Ninian’s, Moffat

Fettes College, Glencorse House from 1889


Regular soldier

1881 Census

17 Blythswood Square, Glasgow. Andrew and his siblings are living with their father’s brother and sister.

1891 Census

Fettes College

1901 Census

Queen’s Hotel, City Road, Chester

Home Address

The Cottage, Campsie Glen, Stirlingshire

Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Kappa Lair 123
Other Memorials

Scottish National War Memorial
Wellington Church War Memorial
Western Club

Other Information

Prospective Unionist candidate for Stirlingshire at the time of his death.

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 Ancestry (, Findmypast (

Commonwealth War Graves Commission –

Family Search –

Fettes College Roll of Honour

The Long, Long Trail –

Scotlands People –

The Scottish War Memorials Project –

De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour, 1914-1924, volume 2

2nd Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, War Diary August 1914 – August 1915. (TNA WO 95/1365/1)



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

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