John Guthrie Wight

RankSecond Lieutenant
Medals1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
RegimentHighland Light Infantry, 6th (City of Glasgow) Battalion
Military Service

Enlisted in 9th HLI, reaching L/Cpl 2563 before being commissioned.  Served in France from January 1915 in the ranks.


c1890, Glasgow

Death1st November 1916
Circumstances of Death

The Battalion made an attack on Boritska and Hazy Trenches on the afternoon of the 1st November but was frustrated by the deep mud and machine gun fire. There was some initial confusion surrounding the death of Wight.  At first it was thought that 2nd Lieut JM Whyte had been killed and 2nd Lieut JG Wight wounded but it turned out to be the other way round.  Both officers had been commissioned from the ranks and had returned to the battalion within a day or two of each other at the beginning of September 1916.

MemorialThiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 15 C.
CWGC Information



John G Wight (c1849-1922) & Mary Black (c1853-1929)

Father's Occupation

Bookkeeper with a manufacturing chemist





Not known


Shop assistant with Messrs. Baikie & Hogg, Gordon Street, Glasgow (shirt makers, hosiers and glovers)

1891 Census

Not found

1901 Census

Gartuck Street, Gorbals, Glasgow

1911 Census

37 Leven Street, Pollokshields, Glasgow

Home Address

230 Kenmore Street, Pollokshields, Glasgow

Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Petra Lair 715
Other Memorials

Pollokshields Church Book of Remembrance (formerly of Titwood Church)
Scottish National War Memorial

Other Information

He played golf at Whitecraigs and Dundonald Golf Clubs

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

Come on Highlanders!: Glasgow Territorials in the Great War, Alec Weir, 2006



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

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