Eric Robert Donaldson Longton

Sub Lieutenant
British War Medal
Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, Motor Boat Reserve
Bef 1908 Longton joined the RNVR
26 Jan 1887 Farnworth near Prescott, Lancashire
Death18th November 1914
Longton, along with Lieut. William Burrell and Lieut. Ellis, was drowned in Loch Ewe when the motor boat Morna overturned.
BurialGlasgow Necropolis
Buried 27 Nov 1914. His body was brought to Greenock by a patrol ship and thence by train to Glasgow. The coffin was taken to St Mary’s Cathedral where a short service was held before burial in the Necropolis.
Walter B Longton (c1855-1907) and Margaret Donaldson (c1859-1935), married Partick 1881.
Gertrude (c1886-), (Madge (c1889-), Kenneth (1890-)
1897-1901 Merchiston Castle Preparatory School 1901-1904 Merchiston Castle School
Blastfurnaceman [1911 census]; Ironmaster
Cronton Hall, Town End Road, Cronton, Lancashire
Merchiston Castle School
Burnbrae House, Linwood, Renfrewshire
Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Zeta Lair 134
Scottish National War Memorial Merchiston Castle School War Memorial
In June 1911 Eric Longton travelled to America to work for Dayton Coal and Iron Company in Cincinnatti. It is not known when he returned to Britain.
Acknowledgements and SourcesMuch 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 (, Findmypast (, etc, etc Commonwealth War Graves Commission – Family Search – The Long, Long Trail - Scotlands People – The Scottish War Memorials Project –


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

Back to top