John Guthrie Wight

Second Lieutenant
1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Highland Light Infantry, 6th (City of Glasgow) Battalion
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
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.
John G Wight (c1849-1922) & Mary Black (c1853-1929)
Bookkeeper with a manufacturing chemist
  Not known
Shop assistant with Messrs. Baikie & Hogg, Gordon Street, Glasgow (shirt makers, hosiers and glovers)
Not found
Gartuck Street, Gorbals, Glasgow
37 Leven Street, Pollokshields, Glasgow
230 Kenmore Street, Pollokshields, Glasgow
Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Petra Lair 715
Pollokshields Church Book of Remembrance (formerly of Titwood Church) Scottish National War Memorial
He played golf at Whitecraigs and Dundonald Golf Clubs
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 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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