Harold White Whitson

Medals1914 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Mentioned in Despatches (1915)
RegimentHighland Light Infantry, 2nd Battalion
Military Service

1914 Whitson was gazetted a second lieutenant in the 2nd HLI on 12th August after leaving Sandhurst. The battalion had already mobilized and sailed from Southampton for Boulogne on 13th August. Whitson presumably joined shortly after. On the 8th November he was wounded when ‘D’ Company and Battalion Headquarters were shelled.
1915 By January it was reported that Whitson, now promoted to Lieutenant, was home recovering from wounds. He was killed on the first day of the Battle of Loos.


c1896, Glasgow

Death25th September 1915
Circumstances of Death

“He was killed gallantly leading his men at Givenchy on September 25, 1915”

MemorialLoos Memorial, Panel 108 to 112.
CWGC Information

Son of Alexander and Isabella M. Carrick Whitson, of 5, Princes Terrace, Glasgow.


Alexander Whitson (1845-1928) and Isabella M Carrick (1853-1929)

Father's Occupation

Iron & Coal Merchant


Maud (1881-), Ralph (1882-), Edith (1884-), Ernest (1886-), Wilfred (1888-1917), Gilbert (1891-1925)




Kelvinside Academy
Fettes College, Carrington House from 1911


Regular soldier

1901 Census

7 Windsor Quadrant, Glasgow

1911 Census

7 Windsor Quadrant, Glasgow

Home Address

1915 – 7 Windsor Quadrant, Glasgow

Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Quartus Lair not known
Other Memorials

Scottish National War Memorial

Other Information

Brother of Major Wifred Whitson killed 30th November 1917

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

Commonwealth War Graves Commission – www.cwgc.org

Family Search – www.familysearch.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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