Laurence Stewart Watson

RankLieutenant Laurence Stewart Watson
RegimentCameronians (Scottish Rifles), 8th Battalion
Military Service

Cadet Lance Corporal, Trinity College Glenalmond Cadet Corps. Enlisted Autumn 1914. Commissioned 2nd/Lt. 8th Battalion Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) on November 13th 1914. Stationed Glasgow and Cambusbarron in 1915. Promoted Temporary Lieutenant April 1st 1916. Made full Lieutenant December 1916. Posted to 1/8th Battalion Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) In October 1917. Joined battalion in Egypt on November 15th 1917. Served in Palestine in 1917-18. Proceeded to France with Battalion in April 1918. Fought in Second Battle of the Marne (July 15th – August 6th 1918). His Commanding officer wrote: “Your son was a very fine officer, and died a soldier’s death at the head of his men in of the finest victories of the war.”


6th June, 1897 in Glasgow, Scotland

Death29th July 1918
Circumstances of Death

Killed in Action on July 29th 1918 near Beugneux, south of Soissions.

BurialRaperie British Cemetery, Villemontoire, X. D. 10.

Grave Concentration records of the CWGC note that his body was recovered in November 1919 by Grave Recovery Squad 42 at point 184.7×279.1 on Map Soissons 33.

CWGC Information

Son of David Henry and Maria Watson, of Strathaden, Troon, Ayrshire.


David Henry Watson (1854-1906) & Maria Taylor (1860-1942)

Father's Occupation

Accountant & Stockbroker


Sister Mabel D. (c.1882-?), Brother David Henry (1884-1916)




Glasgow Academy, Trinity College Glenalmond.


Clerk, Scottish Amicable Assurance Office

1901 Census

Sunday, March 31st:
Aged 3. Beuhill Drive, Troon, Ayrshire. Born Glasgow, Lanarkshire.

1911 Census

Sunday, April 2nd:
Aged 13. Boarder Trinity College Glenalmond, Methven, Perth. Student. Born Glasgow, Lanarkshire.

Home Address

Stratheden, Troon, Ayrshire

Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Beta Lair 1
Other Memorials

Scottish National War Memorial,
Glenalmond College Memorial Chapel
Glasgow Academy War Memorial
De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour

Acknowledgements and Sources

The Cameronians Museum – Low Parks, Hamilton
Scotlandspeople Centre, National Records of Scotland
Scottish Military Research Group – Commemorations Project
British Newspaper Archive
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The Glenalmond Chronicle – October 1918
De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour
The National Archives, London



Compiled by Euan Loarridge, University of Glasgow

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