Eric Robert Donaldson Longton

RankSub Lieutenant
MedalsBritish War Medal
RegimentRoyal Naval Volunteer Reserve, Motor Boat Reserve
Military Service

Bef 1908 Longton joined the RNVR


26 Jan 1887 Farnworth near Prescott, Lancashire

Death18th November 1914
Circumstances of Death

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.

CWGC Information



Walter B Longton (c1855-1907) and Margaret Donaldson (c1859-1935), married Partick 1881.

Father's Occupation



Gertrude (c1886-), (Madge (c1889-), Kenneth (1890-)




1897-1901 Merchiston Castle Preparatory School

1901-1904 Merchiston Castle School


Blastfurnaceman [1911 census]; Ironmaster

1891 Census

Cronton Hall, Town End Road, Cronton, Lancashire

1901 Census

Merchiston Castle School

1911 Census

Burnbrae House, Linwood, Renfrewshire

Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Zeta Lair 134
Other Memorials

Scottish National War Memorial

Merchiston Castle School War Memorial

Other Information

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 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 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.

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