David Myles Laidlaw

MedalsBritish War Medal, Victory Medal
RegimentBlack Watch, 6th (Perthshire) Battalion, 'D' Company
Military Service

Nothing is known about Laidlaw’s military service but he seems to have started in the 8th Battalion Black Watch according to the regimental medal rolls. By the time of his death he was in the 6th Battalion, 153rd Brigade, 51st (Highland) Division. On 31st July/1st August 1917 6th Black Watch took part in the first day of Third Ypres (Passchendaele).


C1879, Glasgow

Death31st July 1917
Circumstances of Death

Killed in action.
It is not known how Laidlaw was killed but, thanks to the CWGC recording the fact that he was in ‘D’ company, it is at least possible to follow the progress of ‘D’ Company in the action of 31st July.

BurialNo Man's Cot Cemetery, A. 17

His gravestone says:
Son of W P Laidlaw, Glasgow / Husband of Hilda Gardener, London

CWGC Information

Son of William P. and Jane Myles Laidlaw, of Glasgow; husband of Hilda M. H. Laidlaw (nee Gardener), of London


William P Laidlaw (c1845-1946) & Jane Myles (c1842-1915)

Father's Occupation



Walter (c1869-), Isabella G (1870-1872), Margaret C (c1875-)


Hilda M H Gardener married 12th September 1911 Kensington, London


Not known


Banker’s engineer [marriage cert.]

1881 Census

105 Douglas Street, Glasgow

1891 Census

Battery Place, Rothesay, Bute

1901 Census

12 Bruce Road, Kinning Park, Glasgow

1911 Census

55 Dalziel Drive, Glasgow [not at home on census night]

Home Address

1917 – 70 Morstead Mansions, Maida Vale, Middlesex

Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Theta Lair not known
Other Memorials

Pollokshields Church Book of Remembrance


Other Information

Laidlaw died testate and left personal estate of £1063 14/2

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, and Find my past.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Family Search

Scotlands People

The Long, Long Trail

The Scottish War Memorials Project

6th Battalion Black Watch, War Diary May 1915 – February 1919. (TNA WO 95/2876/1-4)



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

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