Robert Downie Wylie

Captain Robert Downie Wylie
1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Cameron Highlanders, 3rd Battalion attached 6th Battalion
Wylie was gazetted a probationary Second Lieutenant in 3rd Queens Own Cameron Highlanders on 12th September 1914 and confirmed as such in May 1915. He was sent to France in March 1915 to 2nd Battalion of the regiment (81st Brigade, 27th Division) and on arrival on 11th April was posted to D company. Wylie came unscathed through the Second Battle of Ypres in April and May 1915. He was promoted Lieutenant in July 1915 and moved with the battalion to Salonika about December 1915. Wylie was promoted captain in April 1916, and took part in the capture of the Karajokois between 30th September and 2nd October 1916 during which he was wounded. He was invalided home in December 1916 though it is not known whether this was as a result of the wound he received in October or because, like many others, he had succumbed to disease. On recovering Wylie did not return to the 2nd Battalion but was posted instead to the 6th Battalion in France on 11th Aug 1917 (45th Brigade, 15th (Scottish) Division) and which he reached on 15th of that month, a week before he was killed.
4th May 1884
Death23rd August 1917
Killed in action. The battalion war diary gives no further details
BurialBrandhoek New Military Cemetery, III. A. 4
Son of John Wylie, of Glasgow
John Wylie (1859-1948) & Jane M Hutcheson (1858-1932), married 1883 at Paisley
John H (c1886-), Francis D R (1894-1940)
Kelvinside Academy Harrow School, Newlands House 1899-1901
Worked in the family business of Wylie & Lochhead, the well known Glasgow furnishers and undertakers.
The Cottage, Lennoxtown, Stirlingshire
Harrow School, Middlesex (Home address: 26 Huntly Gardens, Glasgow)
Not known
Ardeer, Stevenston, Ayrshire
Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Sigma Lair 3
Scottish National War Memorial Stevenston War Memorial
Died intestate, confirmation granted to father, John; value of estate £265 5s 11d
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 2nd Battalion Queens Own Cameron Highlanders, War Diary Dec 1914—Oct 1915. (TNA WO 95/2264/3) 6th Battalion Queens Own Cameron Highlanders, War Diary July 1915– June 1919. (TNA WO 95/1945/1-5) Harrow memorials of the Great War, volume 5. 1920.  


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

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